Monday, December 28, 2015

PunditFact's editorial page

Oops--are we being redundant? Sorry! Here's a portion of PunditFact's main page from Dec. 28, 2015.

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.

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