MADISON — Here’s a riddle for you: When is a tax hike not an increase? Answer: When Politifact, the self-proclaimed political fact-checking enterprise, decides to take the question for a spin.Reporter Ryan Ekvall nails PolitiFact on a couple of its traditional problems. First, it grades Gov. Walker "Half True" for a true statement. Second, the justification rests on Walker failing to provide sufficient context--on Twitter, of all places. Yes, Twitter, the social media site that limits comments to 140 characters.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel version of the national Politifact brand did so when it rated half-true Gov. Scott Walker’s Jan. 4 tweet: “Thanks to Washington, nearly everyone will pay more in taxes in 2013. Somehow people think it’s just the wealthy. It’s not.”
Ekvall's critique is solid, so give it a read.
We look forward to more from Watchdog.org's Wisconsin Reporter.