Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Just wondering

A Dec. 2, 2015 fact check from the national PolitiFact outfit looks at Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's claim that Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has tried to ban contraception five times.

PolitiFact researched the issue and concluded Cruz had never tried to ban contraception, but at most might ban some types of birth control or make it more difficult in some cases to access birth control.

PolitiFact:
The strongest conclusion about Cruz’s views that one could draw from these examples is that he might support a ban on certain types of contraception (but not all) through his support for a personhood amendment. The other examples are even more limited and deal with what employers would be required to pay for, for instance, or whether a major birth control provider should continue to receive federal funding.

The statement contains some element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression, so we rate it Mostly False.
 The "Mostly False" ruling set us to wondering: If  PolitiFact can give a "Mostly False rating when none of the five examples from the Clinton ad featured Cruz banning birth control, what would it take to get a "Half True" rating?

What if Cruz had tried to ban all birth control in one of the five examples? Mostly False? Half True?

What if Cruz had tried to ban all birth control in two of the five examples? Half True? Mostly True?

What if Cruz had tried to ban all birth control in three of the five examples? Half True? Mostly True? Just plain True?

We're just wondering.

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