Politifraud is Mostly Useless

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The fact-check itself is interesting only in that it is an example of a Politifraud admission against interest. What I want to draw attention to is the Editor’s note as evidence that Politifraud is Mostly Useless. Really? I’m trying to understand exactly how ignorant of the world you have to be not to know that […]

Politifraud follow-up

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As I was writing last night’s critique of Politifraud’s sorry ruling on whether the U.S. tax codes contains incentives for businesses to move jobs overseas I noted that there were a few people who were listed as having been interviewed in right hand column that were nevertheless not quoted in Politifraud’s main analysis. The very […]

Taking Politifraud to the woodshed

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National Review in an unsigned editorial posted today lays out yet more reasons why the self-appointed watchdogs at Politifact can’t be trusted. I encourage you to read the whole thing, but there’s one part I want to highlight and then elaborate on. PolitiFact’s other arguments are that Medicare spending will continue to rise and that […]

Politifraud does it again

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The hits just keep on coming. First, somebody at Politifact just learned a new word after reading Mark Twain’s autobiography. In his 1906 autobiography Mark Twain wrote "figures often beguile me" in describing their persuasive ability to mislead. John Robitaille, a 2010 Republican candidate for governor in Rhode Island, cited a beguiling statistic when he […]

Politifraud continues

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It wasn’t just Politifraud’s “fact”-check of that Crossroads GPS ad that drew my ire this week as I looked at their latest analyses. It was also this whopper that purported to show that the same president who’s presided over the addition of $5 trillion to the national debt in less than five years—and would’ve spent […]

Politifraud, again

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The Fraud-O-Meter weighed in today on comments made yesterday by his fraudulency, President Barack Obama, regarding Ronald Reagan. Obama’s statement that Ronald Reagan “understood repeatedly that when the deficit started to get out of control, that for him to make a deal he would have to propose both spending cuts and tax increases.” Politifraud rates […]

Politifraud

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Last week, Politifact rated a claim by the Texas Public Policy Foundation that Texas had created more jobs over the last five years than the other 49 (or 56) states combined. In Politifact’s “analysis” this completely accurate statement was listed as “half-true.” The mental gymnastics required to come to this conclusion were summed up by […]

Politifraud

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Pulitzer Prize-winning “fact-check” Web site Politifact.com has done it again. When last we criticized one of their findings, Politifact.com rated this statement by Rep. Mike Pence “half-true”: "To use money from the TARP fund in the manner that is being discussed by the White House and congressional Democrats would be a violation of the law." […]

True, but conservative

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If you read any of the critics of the self-appointed fact-checkers at Politifraud, you’ll realize that the media organization is far from the unbiased referee it pretends to be. It’s a left-wing media organization through and through. One that’s actually worse that most at suppressing its biases. Today’s case in point is a Politifact Georgia “fact-check” […]

Journalism 101

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I’ve said before that the longer I’ve been out of newspapers and the news business, the more disdain and outright hostility I feel for too many of those who remain in it. It’s not petty jealousy. It’s the fact that when all I see is the crap they produce and don’t deal with them as people […]