Enough With PolitiFact's Opinion Journalism
Media fact checkers have been allowed to massage the truth to benefit a liberal agenda for far too long. Fact checkers, like the mainstream media, are made up of mostly liberal journalists, who tend to cherry-pick information to support a liberal narrative. As Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto put it on Twitter: "‘Fact checking’ is opinion journalism pretending to be some sort of heightened objectivity.”
None have shown their bias more than PolitiFact. According to The Weekly Standard:
Surveys done by the University of Minnesota and George Mason University have shown that the supposedly impartial "fact checking" news organization rates Republican claims as false three times as often as Democratic claims and twice as much, respectively.
Mark Tapscott reported in The Daily Caller last September that PolitiFact had a major "conflict of interest with the Clinton foundation," raising questions about whether it was tailoring fact checks to please a specific donor.
It's a legitimate concern, given their longstanding pattern of questionable fact checks. When it matters most to the Democrats' agenda (that is, when the false claim is first told), PolitiFact is right there for them, giving the Democrat the benefit of the doubt. On the other hand, PolitiFact is Johnny-on-the-spot when it comes to shooting down each and every inconvenient claim made by a Republican. President Trump, with his penchant for hyperbole, has been an absolute boon for them.
PolitiFact's track record on ObamaCare
The classic example of PolitiFact running interference for Democrats is its treatment of Barack Obama's infamous ObamaCare lie, "if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." The claim was originally rated to be "true" or "mostly true." Later on, as inconvenient facts emerged proving the claim to be sketchy at best, they downgraded their fact check to "half true." Only when it became patently obvious to everyone that the claim was a cruel hoax did PolitiFact admit the truth.
In October 2008, PolitiFact said that Obama's oft-repeated healthcare claim was true. By mid-2009, with Obama safely elected president, it downgraded the claim to half true. In 2012, while Obama was running for re-election, PolitiFact continued to rate the false ObamaCare claim as "half true," even though it was by then known that a majority of employer-sponsored plans would be illegal under Obamacare.
Only after ObamaCare was implemented in the fall of 2013, and millions of people actually started losing their plans, did PolitiFact rate the claim to be (as everyone with a shred of common sense knew from the beginning) a huge, Pants on Fire Lie of the Year. Of course, that "fact check" came five years too late for the millions of people who lost their health care plans.
They should have slinked away in shame and embarrassment after that, but no. They continue to offer bogus fact checks on ObamaCare.