After several questionable PolitiFact pieces published only last week generated fury from media critics and right-leaning Twitter users, conservative frustration with fact-checkers has only grown.
Since October 1, PolitiFact has published four fact checks that have been swiftly disputed by detractors. Some have reiterated their claims that fact-checking websites typically act as partisan bulwarks for the Democratic Party.
Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican from Virginia, recently said that Democrats “proposed that the 2016 election was stolen.” On Wednesday, PolitiFacts Warren Fiske assessed his claim.
Youngkin’s claim that the 2016 election was stolen is rated as “HALF-TRUE” by Politifact.
“Oh, and by the way, it’s not just Republicans who are worried about the election process; it’s also Democrats. Let’s just recall that in 2016, Democrats claimed that the election had been rigged “Apparently, the governor stated.
Fiske dismissed the governor’s reasoning, stating that it was crucial to note that Democrats did not contest the “actual counting” of ballots in 2016 or the outcome of the election. Youngkins’ assertion was only graded as “half-true,” according to Fiske.
Fiske noted that a number of prominent Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, have cast doubt on Trump’s victory. He countered that such doubt was not the same as declaring that the election had truly been “stolen.”
Democrats’ claims of stolen elections in 2001, 2005, 2016, and 2017 were previously described as being “primarily symbolic” by PolitiFact.
Conservative KTTH radio presenter Jason Rantz disputed the notion that PolitFact even qualifies as a fact-checking organization in an interview with Fox News Digital, branding them Democratic Party volunteers who have choose to politicize what ought to be genuinely unbiased analysis.
“They frequently do fact checks in bad faith, plucking remarks out of context on purpose to make a point or purposely misinterpreting comments in order to score them untrue. Their decisions over what to fact-check are also relevant. They will use a meaningless remark from a Democrat as evidence for their argument that they hold both parties accountable (Joe Biden claimed his favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla when it’s actually vanilla bean, thus we rank this moderately false) “said he.
Rantz added that PolitiFact is one of the most “transparently politicized” websites out there and that left-wing media frequently employs it to highlight political slant.
Due to one small island, Desantis claims that the county’s inclusion in the hurricane forecast was “mostly false.”
Two PolitiFact stories that were published on October 5 received negative feedback from readers. The campaign of Ohio Republican Senate candidate JD Vances specifically criticized the fact-checking website for making a statement regarding a campaign advertisement linking his rival Tim Ryan to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The fact-check was dubbed a “humiliating show of partisanship” by the Vance campaign.
When asked about Pelosi in a recent campaign ad by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Ryan D. responded, “I do love her,” adding that he always votes in her favor. Because Ryan challenged Pelosi, D-Calif., for the job of minority leader in 2016, PolitiFact, a product of The Poynter Institute, decided to look into the advertisement and deemed it to be only “Half True.”
The advertisement was totally correct, thus it is only partially false, according to radio presenter Joe Cunningham and one critic who termed it “really one of the best/worst examples of PolitiFact selecting sides.”
“In essence, Politifact is a Democrat SuperPac disguising itself as average journalism. It is apparent that there is a mechanism in place to discredit assertions that are harmful to or inconvenient for the cause of the left. A bogus rating is typically used to denote the following: “Mollie Hemingway, a contributor to Fox News, remarked on Fox News Digital.
She continued by saying that PolitFact’s track record has been “abysmal” and that no longer is the website taken seriously as a source for fact-checking.
Fox News Digital received a response from PolitFacts managing editor Katie Sanders, who stated that the website stands by its reporting.
“We stand by our reporting, which draws its conclusions from first-hand accounts, primary sources, and independent experts. The public and critics have access to all the information we rely on to calculate our ratings, allowing them to examine, discuss, and agree or disagree with it. Every politician whose claim we fact-check is additionally given the chance to offer proof for their assertion.”
Sanders also mentioned that among the persons the website has fact-checked the most since 2007 are the six major party contenders for president. Sanders added that reporters from the website are currently being paired with Republican and Democratic candidates in crucial Senate contests to cover the midterms. She also rated PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter decision-making process as provided a link and stated that the website welcomes “thoughtful, evidence-based discourse” regarding the information they publish and the procedures used to determine it.
“Regarding the specific stories you have inquired about, neither this question nor similar, orchestrated complaints by a small group of partisans offer any convincing examples of factual inaccuracies that would necessitate a longer answer from us. Any pundit at Fox or elsewhere is free to disagree with our findings, but we urge critics to stop their ongoing attacks on journalists since they damage civil discourse and weaken any argument for future discussion “Added she.
On October 5, PolitiFact came under fire from internet users for asserting that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was mistaken when he indicated that Lee County was not included in Hurricane Ian’s forecast cone. Because Cayo Costa, a solitary barrier island belonging to the county that is in the storm’s path, is located there, the fact-checking website assessed his claim to be “largely inaccurate.” Twitter users noted that Cayo Costa has less than 20 private dwellings and is virtually abandoned.
“Although the majority of Lee County was not predicted to be in the storm’s center 72 hours before landfall, one of the county’s barrier islands was, and concentrating on the cone itself minimizes the effects of a storm as powerful as Ian. We deem his assertion to be Mostly False, “PolitFact published.
A day prior, the vice president had argued that the distribution of disaster relief funds should be based on “equity,” prompting PolitiFact to jump to Kamala Harris’ defense.
After the vice president’s controversial “equity” remarks regarding hurricane relief, POLITIFACT rushes to defend Harris.
Harris said on September 30 in reference to hurricanes Ian and Fiona, “It is our lowest income areas, particularly our communities of color, who are most hit by these harsh weather.”
We must deal with this in a way that distributes resources based on equity, realizing that we fight for equality but also need to find for equity, she continued.
According to PolitiFact, conservatives on social media had posted video from the event that had taken the Vice President “out of context.” The Florida senator Rick Scott’s assertion that Harris had said, “If you have a different skin tone, you’re going to get relief faster,” was expressly called out in the fact-check.
Harris denied saying it in response to a query that touched on a number of subjects, including Hurricane Ian, climate change policy, and differences in who is most negatively impacted by extreme weather and climate change, according to PolitiFact.
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According to a recent Media Research Center NewsBusters report, during the first 20 months of Biden’s presidency, PolitiFact released 58 items to fact-check the president, as opposed to an astounding 338 pieces intended to fact-check Biden detractors.
According to NewsBusters senior editor Tim Graham, “on average, there were 5.8 fact checks of Biden critics for every one of the president.”
According to the MRC survey, Biden’s detractors frequently receive critical criticism.
“In 28 of 58 fact checks conducted during his first year and a half, Biden received a Mostly False or worse rating. However, 298 out of 338 of the fact checks conducted on Joe Biden were classified as mostly false or worse. There were just three True answers and six Mostly True answers, totaling nine out of 338. 31 more were partially true “Graham composed. “In the first 20 months of his presidency, President Biden received no Pants on Fire decisions. Donald Trump has 10 throughout that time period, in comparison.”