Politifact Blows Call On AFRICOM

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 10:30 am

The U.S. has troops on the ground in these African countries http://t.co/k0oHfIYeQj pic.twitter.com/OkrvURIVfo — Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 22, 2014 Mostly absurd. Nothing is more precious to media elites than their – now mostly delusional – claim to be able to tell the general public what is true and what is not. Arbitrating reality for [...]

Reid Called Liar By Fact-Checkers Who Have No Actual Information to Assess Romney Tax Returns

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 7:35 am

The rise of the dedicated “fact-check” organization in a time of contested facts could have been, in theory, a welcome addition to the political landscape, a way to impose order on chaos, to force a common set of facts onto the process. Unfortunately, all we have are Politifact and Glenn Kessler. Today, both of them [...]

Politifact’s Journalistic Research: Buying Whatever Business Lobbies Are Selling

By: Friday December 23, 2011 6:55 am

Politifact won the “Pompous Response to Criticism of the Year” award yesterday for their rebuttal to criticism about their awarding of the Lie of the Year to the correct claim by Democrats that Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity budget would end Medicare. Dave Weigel has a pretty thorough rundown, so I won’t bother. The short [...]

Politifact Disgraces Themselves with “Lie of the Year” Award

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 7:35 am

You buy a hamburger from me and I give you a piece of hard black leather on a bun. You protest and I say, no, I’m still calling it a hamburger, so you got what you asked for. You start running around telling everyone I sell leather as hamburgers, and I get my local fact-checking [...]

Politifact Has “Pants on Fire” in Their Rating of Democratic Claims About Medicare

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 8:50 am

Brian Beutler got to this today, but I noticed it last night and wanted to address it as well. Politifact is held up as a noble organization, dedicated to telling the truth about politics and the back-and-forth charges politicians make. But they seriously whiffed on this one. Discussing a DCCC ad, one I didn’t particularly [...]

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