Politifact, the so-called “factchecker” site so loved by the left, has been forced to retract a story it posted meant to give cover to Democrat Claire McCaskill.
Who will check the so-called “factcheckers” that the liberals point to as the saviors of our political discourse? Apparently they aren’t the middle of the road truth-tellers the left keeps telling us they are.
As the Washington Examiner reports:
The first bogus PolitiFact ruling, which gives a “mostly false” ruling to an absolutely true claim made in an ad by Arizona Republican Senate Candidate Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., still stands. The second bogus PolitiFact story, which originally gave a “false” ruling to a GOP ad claiming Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., once said “normal people” can afford to fly on private planes, has already been retracted and reissued with a new, still bogus ruling. It’s not even the weekend.
The GOP’s Senate Leadership Fund released an ad this week, titled “‘Normal’ MO,” focusing on McCaskill’s not particularly inexpensive love for traveling by private plane. Naturally, the ad sought to portray the senator as out-of-touch with her constituents.
“Claire even said this about private planes,” the ad says before cutting to a video of McCaskill saying, “That ordinary people can afford it.”
After the ad went live, PolitiFact was on the case, issuing a “false” ruling that concluded confidently, “Did Claire McCaskill say normal people can afford a private plane? No.”
But the paper goes on the prove that Politifact got it all kinds of wrong:
The video highlighted in the GOP ad comes from an August 2017 town hall event in Kennett, Missouri. That evening, a constituent asked of the senator, “You know, that’s one thing the United States has that nobody else has, is the freedom to fly around and be affordable where a normal person can afford it.”
McCaskill responded, “Will you remind them when they come after me about my husband’s plane that normal people can afford it?”
The National Republican Senatorial Committee clipped the roughly 18-second interaction and posted it online. The brief video is the only thing PolitiFact reviewed before issuing its ruling, writing that “the audience member never said anything about private planes in the clip; he appears to be referencing the freedom and low cost of the overall U.S. commercial aviation system.”
The only problem is: McCaskill herself confirmed the constituent was asking about traveling by private plane.
“He was just a regular guy and he has a small airplane,” the senator told the Washington Free Beacon’s Brent Scher last year after the town hall event. “I was speaking to his concern that … it was going to be way too expensive for some folks to be able to use their small airplanes.”
The Free Beacon article was published on Aug. 24, 2017. McCaskill’s remarks were readily available and easily accessible. Yet, PolitiFact missed them somehow.
After all that, Politifact deleted its fake ruling saying it would “re-evaluate” its cover for McCaskill. Politifact did eventually revise its ruling, but only gave it a “half true” still providing cover for McCaskill.
So, I ask again… who is watching these purported “factcheckers”?
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