Create a website purporting to “fact check” politicians, win a Pulitzer Prize. That’s a short history of Politifact, an operation of the St. Petersburg Times. Complete with fun little “Truth-o-meter” graphics that range from True to Pants-on-Fire, illustrated with, you guessed it. Flames.Winston deals with the fact check of an ad attacking congressional candidate Zack Space and another concerning Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). The former contains the more damaging observations. Winston gets to the point quickly and gets in some damaging shots. Worth reading, so get busy.
I’ve been reading this for some time and have always come away uneasy. Often because they try to fact-check political opinion and not-unreasonable-predictions about the results of policy proposals. But today, I have discovered two good, illustrative examples.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Federal Review: "Politifact: The Selective Ignorance of Meaning"
"Winston" at a conservative blog called "Federal Review" fires off a blistering review of two PolitiFact fact checks: