When Fact-Checkers Can’t Get Facts Right

Obama Administration

Politifact, the same crew whose “lie of the year” wasn’t a lie at all, has struck again. They’ve called out a statement from the SOTU as a half-truth that is, in fact, true.

Krugman: “The criterion, according to Politifact, seems to be that a fact isn’t a fact if it helps a Democratic narrative.”

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  1. c u n d gulag  •  Jan 25, 2012 @12:47 pm

    Well, it looks like emasculating themselves once wasn’t enough, so they decided to take a second whack.

    I think we can now safely call it PolitiCoFact.

    Does anyone know if they fact-checked Lil’ Mitch’s STFU response to the Presidents SOTU?
    I’ll put my money on, “NOT!”

  2. Bonnie  •  Jan 25, 2012 @1:44 pm

    This should qualify them now as Republican operatives.

  3. Felicity  •  Jan 25, 2012 @3:43 pm

    What’s that famous Jack Nicholson line, “You can’t handle the truth” – sneer, sneer, sneer. To quell the endless attacks on his governorship of MA, all Mitt had to say was that he was governing according to the majority of MA voters (who elected him, who hired him, who were paying his salary.) Adding, anyone elected to public office should govern according to the wishes of the governed.

    Of course, Republicans couldn’t handle that explanation because it’s the truth. What would be their comeback? No, you govern to benefit yourself, your cronies, your campaign funders, your ideology, your party? (Which is exactly how Republicans govern – oops.)

  4. chris  •  Jan 25, 2012 @4:55 pm

    They’ve since updated the statement as “Mostly True.” It can’t be simply “True” because Obama said the “private sector” and PolitiFact wants to add government jobs to the equation. Therefore the statement as Obama said Politifact wants to frame it, suggests that there is a hint of questionability in Obama’s statement or rather what he didn’t say what they think he meant to say, or…oh forget it.

  5. Bill Bush  •  Jan 26, 2012 @1:57 pm

    Colbert’s “truthiness” has come to pass with Politifact. I had no idea they had comedic aspirations, but then, I don’t think they did, either!