Your fact check of the day

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on October 21, 2011

Three separate fact checking organizations took a look at Slow Joe Biden’s demagogic statement I mentioned the other day about violent crime rates and Flint, Mich.

According to The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, Biden’s claims are “absurd” and earns him 4 pinnochios – the most dishonest rating possible. referred to Biden’s remarks as a “whopper” and chided Biden that “he should get his facts straight to support his opinion.”

And  Pulitzer Prize winner Politifact?


Politifact has dutifully taken note of the disagreement in the fact-checking fraternity, and came up with three conclusions:

• It matters what specific statement fact-checkers choose to check.

• Causal claims about complex social phenomena remain a fact-checking challenge.

• Independent fact-checkers often agree -- but not always.

I suggest that there may be yet another conclusion: Politifact is far less able to check its bias than its colleagues. You could go through case after case posted here at Hoystory (search term: “Politifraud”) or over at Politifact Bias or Sublime Bloviations and it’s not pretty. Politifact holds Republicans to a far higher standard than Democrats. Politifact searches for ways to make excuses for Democrat statements (this example is a perfect case) while failing to offer the same courtesy to Republicans.

Politifact is the most partisan and least trustworthy of the political fact checkers. This is just another confirmation of that sad fact.


I'll take a look at dude's new book, but this tweet isn't promising. Watts is a self-aggrandizing extremist whose easily debunked smears have done a lot of damage to her own cause. Also, within pro-gun-control circles everyone knows she's toxic, & Busse surely knows this.

Ryan Busse@ryandbusse

It’s time for reasonable gun owners to cry bullshit on those who demonize good people like @shannonrwatts who are just fighting to make the world better. As Shannon says…it’s also time to buy this book.

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