We've seen the Democrats use that technique to terrific effect with the "Violence Against Women Act." And Republicans do the same type of thing to Democrats.
A Democrat or a Republican might have motivations behind their opposition that undercut the message their opponents try to use against them.
But does PolitiFact treat these same types of campaign ads the same way for both parties?
It sure doesn't look like it.
PolitiFact Missouri today graded a Republican claim in this category "Half True."
Note how PolitiFact Missouri justifies its conclusion (bold emphasis added):
Greitens says Koster voted against a 2007 bill requiring the state to pay for rape victims’ medical exams.In reality, the bill did more than that.As we noted back in August, PolitiFact Florida gave a "True" rating to Democrat Patrick Murphy when he made a parallel claim about his Republican opponent:
Koster says he objected to wording that made it possible for convicted murderers to be granted parole by claiming they were victims of domestic abuse. Koster said the language made it possible for murderers to manufacture evidence to be released before the completion of their sentence.
Greitens is cherry-picking one part of the legislation to paint his opponent as soft on domestic abuse. We rate his claim Half True.
And note how PolitiFact Florida justifies its conclusion:
Murphy said Rubio "voted against the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act."Both cases feature the same type of deception, and PolitiFact's fact checkers take note of the deception in both cases. But the Republican gets a "Half True" rating while the Democrat gets a "True" rating.
Rubio voiced support for the original law, but he and some Republicans in both the Senate and House opposed certain provisions added to the bill pertaining to spending and federal oversight. Rubio voted against the bill in 2012 and 2013, but it passed with bipartisan support the second time.
Even though he had clearly stated his reasons why, Rubio still voted nay. We rate Murphy’s statement True.
This type of example isn't atypical. It's just another day at the office for PolitiFact's left-leaning fact checkers.
It's worth pointing out that our previous post shows PolitiFact Wisconsin using essentially this same illicit ad technique against Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).
The next year, Johnson voted against a Senate amendment to affirm that human activity significantly contributes to climate change.PolitiFact Wisconsin saw nothing wrong with using Johnson's opposition to the amendment as a solid evidence that Johnson thinks humans have no role in climate change even though the amendment did not narrowly address that issue.
While all but one senator supported an earlier amendment affirming the existence of climate change, only five Republicans this time voted to acknowledge there is a human impact. The amendment, seen as a symbolic effort by the Democrats to force GOP senators to take a position, failed 50 to 49 (it required a 3/5 majority).
Q: What's the difference between PolitiFact and the Democratic Party?
A: The Democratic Party doesn't claim to be nonpartisan.