One of the recently profiled “fact-checker” organizations that often betray a left-leaning bias has set a new precedent for disseminating “fake news.”
PolitiFact concluded that while a tweet Sunday by President Trump was factually correct – “the numbers check out” – the statement remained “mostly false.”
Trump tweeted: “The media has not reported that the national debt in my first month went down by $12 billion vs a $200 billion increase in Obama first mo.”
Politifact wrote: “The numbers check out. And in fact, the total public debt has dropped another $22 billion … according to data from the U.S. Department of Treasury.”
It then quoted one of its writers to argue that the drop is not significant, because the national debt fluctuates up and down.
Ultimately, the writer insisted, the debt accumulation will return.
Reacting to the Politifact post, Thomas Lifson at American Thinker said the left “has always been tethered to fantasy, but is now at the stage of almost admitting it in public.”
“The Marxist claims of ‘scientific socialism’ lasted for generations (and is indeed still believed in the fever swamps of the left), but PolitiFact, as wannabe watchdog of media accuracy, is beclowning itself in such a public manner that laughter is the only reasonable response.”
One of PolitiFact’s largest contributors is Clinton donor Alberto Ibarguen, president and CEO of the Knight Foundation. Ibarguen contributed $200,000 to the eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in February 2015, Breitbart reported. The Knight Foundation also donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation, Politico said.
Breitbart’s Jerome Hudson published an analysis that documented how PolitiFact made phone calls and sent a reporter to investigate whether Gov. Scott Walker actually paid $1 for a sweater he bought at Kohl’s. PolitiFact later ruled Walker’s claim “true.”
And when Trump said Hillary Clinton wants “open borders,” PolitiFact deemed his statement “mostly false,” despite the fact that Clinton admitted as much in a private, paid speech to a Brazilian bank on May 16, 2013.
“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders,” she said at the time.
WND’s sweeping story on the fact-checkers that are “fake,” those with a political agenda, found they were run by a gamer, a Trump-hater, a sex-and-fetish blogger, a health-industry worker, groups with Democratic Party ties and others.
WND reported the websites often show an obvious bias against conservative-leaning outlets, and many fail to include clear explanations of the criteria they use for determining whether a news site is legitimate. Other “experts” offer little or no biographical information establishing their qualifications for making judgments about journalism quality.
Among those in that category are Pigscast, the MediaBiasFactCheck, FakeNewsChecker and Snopes.
Regarding PolitiFact, the report said Breitbart noted the “fact-checking” site pushed “fact checks” to discredit Republicans while promoting stories that favored Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton.
In an attempt to explain Hillary Clinton’s role in the sale of 25 percent of the United States’ uranium stockpile, Politifact ignored numerous key facts, downplayed other key facts, and ultimately made 13 errors in its analysis.