fact checking

The Troubling Fact Is That Media Fact-Checkers Tend to Lean ← Left

Sharyl Attkisson, RealClearInvestigation

Since Trump’s election “fact-checkers” have gained increased prominence. Pressure has mounted for news outfits and big tech companies to police political discourse. Tensions on both sides were on display last week as a House Judiciary subcommittee grilled top Silicon Valley executives. For now, the trend to “fact-checking” information the public accesses online and on the news is gaining momentum approaching the 2020 election. The evidence indicates the backgrounds and interests of those involved in the effort are serving to complicate rather than purify an increasingly fact-challenged information landscape.

10,000 Pinocchios From the Washington Post

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Everyone knows the president can unload a whopper, like when he recently suggested of wind turbines, "they say the noise causes cancer." But the Post's 10,000 is a Democratic Party talking point, a marketing strategy to build a liberal subscriber base. "Readers begged us" to do this, Kessler said. Of course they did. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared on "CBS This Morning" on April 29, and co-host Norah O'Donnell asked, "Does it matter if he hits back with lies?" She cited the Post count. Gingrich shot back: "I find it hard to take anything The Washington Post writes seriously." Here's a short list of reasons why he's right.

Politifact Says Trump Is Right But Proceeds To Rate His Remark ‘Mostly False’

Alex Pfeiffer, Daily Caller

Politifact decided to fact-check one of Trump’s tweets Sunday and found that “the numbers check out.” The “fact-checking” site then rated the same tweet “mostly false.” Politifact writer Aaron Sharockman quoted various experts who said that Trump’s administration is unlikely to be behind the decrease in debt and that Trump is focusing on the wrong set of numbers.