|Partial screen capture from PolitiFact.com/PunditFact/ Dec. 18, 2015|
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a pictorial editorial.
It's not an unaltered photograph of Donald Trump. It's not a photo at all. It is an artist's rendering of Donald Trump, created to communicate an editorial message to PunditFact's readers. Note how Trump's fingers are crossed as he speaks, a traditional gesture of those who know they are speaking falsely.
Material like this makes PunditFact itself a pundit of sorts.
We've long noted the fact that PolitiFact and its various franchises blur the traditional line between straight news reporting--what some might expect from journalism billed as "fact-checking"--and editorializing. That's why we call PolitiFact "the Fox News of fact-checking" and PolitiFact staffers "liberal bloggers."
Their journalism is not objective. When PolitiFact creator Bill Adair calls fact checking a "new form of journalism" perhaps he has in mind that deliberate blurring of the lines.
Or not. Either way, we don't appreciate it.