PolitiFact, which is absolutely a non-partisan “fact-checking” organization (and don’t you dare suggest otherwise, you looney conspiracy theorist) was forced to retract a bogus ruling that sought protect Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) from a Republican attack ad.
“You know, that’s one thing the United States has that nobody else has, is the freedom to fly around and be affordable where a normal person can afford it,” a constituent told McCaskill at a 2017 town hall.
The constituent was referring to his own own private plane, which McCaskill confirmed to Free Beacon at the time.
“Will you remind them when they come after me about my husband’s plane that normal people can afford it?” McCaskill responded to her constituent.
But when the Senate Leadership Fund ran an ad attacking McCaskill for being out of touch with her constituents for thinking that “normal people” can afford private planes, it struck a chord with the arbiters of truth over at PolitiFact.
“Did Claire McCaskill say normal people can afford a private plane? No,” the organization said definitively, attaching a link to its story.
Shortly thereafter, they unpublished the story, claiming that they received “new evidence” that may not support their “False” rating of the original story.
To be clear, that “new evidence” was readily available before they published the original story – they either chose to ignore it, or did not properly research the evidence before publishing their story. After all the hoopla, PolitiFact issued a new “fact-check.”
This time they labeled the ad “half-true,” claiming that it “exaggerated” McCaskill’s statements.
This is the second time that PolitiFact has run cover for a Democrat candidate this week. Earlier in the week, they labeled an objectively true claim made by Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) as “mostly false.”
McSally is running against Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) for U.S. Senate.
“While we were in harm’s way in uniform, [Sinema] was protesting us in a pink tutu and denigrating our service,” McSally, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, said at a rally.
While acknowledging the truth in McSally’s statement, PolitiFact still called her a liar. Here is thier explanation:
McSally in a campaign ad said, “While we were in harm’s way in uniform, Kyrsten Sinema was protesting us in a pink tutu and denigrating our service.”
McSally retired from the Air Force in 2010 after 26 years of military service. After 9/11, Sinema led protests against the war in Iraq. At a 2003 rally called “No War! A Celebration of Life and Creativity,” Sinema wore a pink tutu. Media reports of the rallies in 2002 and 2003 quote Sinema as opposing the war and the Bush administration’s policy, but we found no evidence of her disparaging troops.
McSally’s statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression. We rate it Mostly False.
Attending the anti-war rally was not, in itself, “disparaging” enough for McSally to even receive a “half-true” rating from PolitiFact. The fact-checking jokers based their entire case against McSally not on the fact that the claim of Sinema’s anti-war protesting was inherently true, but rather on definition of the word “disparaging.”
At what point can we all agree that “fact-checking” sites like PolitiFact are simply leftist public relations entities?
As Trump Leaves Office, Media Cites Ineffectiveness of Lockdowns and Democratic Leaders Display Eagerness to Reopen
Right on cue.
With President Donald Trump’s impending exit from the White House, many are starting to perceive pivots from Democratic leaders and the mainstream media on the ineffectiveness of lockdowns and the reopening of society.
For example, Newsweek ran an article Thursday titled “COVID Lockdowns May Have No Clear Benefit vs Other Voluntary Measures, International Study Shows.” The study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, found through a mathematical model that there was “no clear, significant beneficial effect of [more restrictive measures] on [COVID-19] case growth in any country.”
This is just one study, of course, so it may not reflect objective reality any more than one study which concludes that lockdowns saved “millions of lives.” But after getting bombarded with messages from the media that lockdowns were necessary—with the opposite message found only on explicitly conservative outlets like Big League Politics—it may seem too coincidental to see such a story while the changing of the presidential guard takes place.
Not only that, it also comes at a time when some Democratic leaders appear to be chomping at the bit to reopen restaurants, bars, and schools—after several months of harsh insistence that they all must stay closed in the name of “safety” and “public health.”
On Monday, for example, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York called for the reopening of the state’s economy “smartly and safely.”
“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely,” Cuomo tweeted.
We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.#SOTS2021
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 11, 2021
Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot put out a similar call on Thursday, saying that bars and restaurants need to reopen “as quickly as possible” because it will help those businesses survive and reduce the number of large private parties and gatherings.
And incoming president Joe Biden recently pitched a $175 billion plan to return children to school, $130 billion of which would be for public elementary, middle, and high schools, the other $35 billion for colleges and universities. Many teachers unions stubbornly refused to return to in-person classes for the longest time, but now that Biden has come out in support of in-person classes, don’t be surprised to see them suddenly change their tune.
The left is so predictable, isn’t it?
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