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May 29, 2013
The announcement that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is not seeking reelection will leave the Capitol a much less interesting place to fact check. As one of our colleagues put it, ‘The entire fact checking industry may have to hold a national day of mourning.’
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler • Offering a lament for Michele Bachmann’s retirement, which means that he’ll be able to pull out the “Four Pinocchios”—the Post’s version of a pants-on-fire lie—a little less often. “Bachmann is not just fast and loose with the facts; she is consistently and unapologetically so,” he continues.
10:37 // 10 months ago
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December 22, 2011
Adair [PolitiFact Editor Bill Adair] goes on for a while, but I don’t think he puts back many of the eggshell fragments. The issue, as everyone else sees it: “PolitiFact should verify actual facts, because God knows politicians make a lot of stuff up on the fly.” The issue as Adair sees it: “Shut up, critics of PolitiFact.”
David Weigel, PolitiFact Weirdly Unable to Discuss Facts (via brooklynmutt)

Personal opinion: It seems to us that the problem with this lie is that it’s a very much a matter of opinion, rather than one that can clearly be proven as a fact. As a result, that’s not very solid ground for a “Lie of the Year.” The danger that Politifact faces is one of being caught in the same kind of subjective muck that they were supposed to be above. They’re supposed to be an outlet that’s above this kind of echo chamber criticism, but instead they’re just getting sucked into it. Adair’s post on the matter today did him no favors. And we were largely willing to give them the benefit of the doubt two days ago.

(via brooklynmutt)

21:19 // 2 years ago