Sunday, January 23, 2011

Rick Perry vs. The World: "Politifact is Politipinion: Houston IS a sanctuary city"

Texas blogger Evan at Rick Perry vs. The World provides a terrific example of poor reasoning at PolitiFact:
Politifact holds itself out as a John Roberts-like umpire of political campaigns, dispassionately calling balls and strikes.

If you're going to do that, then you have to be careful. You have to refrain from favoring certain candidates. And neutral people should overwhelmingly not only agree, but think that disagreement would be childish.
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In a nutshell, the city of Houston carries out a policy that qualifies it as a "sanctuary city."  But because the policy is not statutory but instead a result of administrative policy, PolitiFact says it's "False" to call Houston a sanctuary city.  A critic of Democratic candidate for governor Bill White took the "Truth-O-Meter hit.

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