Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Notes on PolitiFact's debate night blogging

It's the night of the third presidential debate, and PolitiFact is doing its so-called fact checking thing.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is the first major party nominee in 40 years not to release his tax returns. PolitiFact rules this "Mostly True" because there's only one exception out of 22.

Nearly 5 percent of the major party presidential nominees do not release their tax returns over the past 40  years.

That's right. There have been only 22 major-party presidential candidates nominated in the past 40 years. Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were each nominated twice. So this mighty precedent touches 16 candidates. Saying "40 years" makes it seem like more.

Using 16 nominees for the calculation edges the percentage up over 6 percent.

We're actually a little surprised PolitiFact didn't give Clinton a "True" rating, considering that her claim that she released all her emails was only off by about 30,000 but still received a "Half True" rating.





2 comments:

  1. So.. you've actually got NOTHING to counter Politifact's debate checks with? It's got to be difficult rebutting solid facts with diatribe every day, don't you ever get bored? =O

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    1. "Unknown" wrote:

      **So.. you've actually got NOTHING to counter Politifact's debate checks with?**

      How does that follow? Have you nothing to back your claim?

      **It's got to be difficult rebutting solid facts with diatribe every day, don't you ever get bored?**

      Because if Clinton is only missing 30,000 emails it therefore makes perfect sense to say it's "Half True" that she's released all of her emails?

      I'm really not seeing any argument from you, "Unknown." But if you feel the need to excrete more diatribe on our comment space, we're open 24 hours a day.

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