Thursday, September 1, 2016

PolitiFact's lyin' "Corrections and Updates" page

Is PolitiFact a pack of deceivers or just a bunch of incompetents?

We probably shouldn't rule out the "incompetent pack of deceivers" option.

Since back in the day we first put together our "Annotated Principles of PolitiFact" page, we have noted that PolitiFact does a poor job of transparently recording its corrections and updates.

The problem today is worse, if anything.

What do readers expect when look up PolitiFact's page of corrections and updates? It should list PolitiFact's corrections and updates, right? All of them, not just some of them.

Last week we spot-checked PolitiFact, looking for an updated item on a claim by Alan Grayson. The Grayson fact check was not on the list. It still isn't on the list.

Today, we looked for an updated fact check of a Trump claim on this list. The Trump item was published on June 9, 2016 and updated on July 5, 2016.

It's not on the list:

Deceit? Incompetence? Incompetent deceit?

How do we get away with pointing out this problem repeatedly without PolitiFact apparently lifting a finger to fix it?

If you want a comprehensive list of PolitiFact's corrections and updates, chances are you'll need to do a set of customized searches and make up your own spreadsheets. PolitiFact does not appear interested in the kind of transparency that would allow readers to find all of its corrections and updates in one convenient Internet location.


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