Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ah, Politifact... you used to be good

Paul Krugman asks how to tell if a fact isn't a fact:
The criterion, according to Politifact, seems to be that a fact isn’t a fact if it helps a Democratic narrative.

Jared Bernstein watches the train wreck. Obama said:

In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than three million jobs. Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005.

which is just true. Period.

But Politifact rated it as only “half true” because he was “essentially taking credit for job growth”. He didn’t actually take credit — and even if he had, a fact is still a fact.

I do not think that word means what Politifact thinks it means.

Now, it seems they've revised this to "Mostly True". But it also seems that Politifact is so vested in balancing Right vs Left in the Truth Ratings that they're really stretching to find ways to say things aren't true when they are - as in labelling the Democrat statement that RyanCare would destroy Medicare as "Lie of the Year".

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