Fact-checking operations merely confirm liberal bias (Is that a fact?)

The Weekly Standard | Forbes.com
Mark Hemingway criticizes the rise of fact-checking operations such as PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and similar efforts by the Associated Press: “Media fact-checking operations aren’t about checking facts so much as they are about a rearguard action to keep inconvenient truths out of the conversation. … The fact checker is less often a referee than a fan with a rooting interest in the outcome.” John McQuaid says Hemingway is essentially arguing for an “endless epistemological war” between liberals and conservatives. “The problem with fact-checking is not that it’s a liberal media plot,” McQuaid writes. “The problem is that fact-checking – like everything – is sometimes a lazy, half-assed business. If fact-checking is as important as it claims, its practitioners need to acknowledge its problems and fix them.” || Disclosure: The Poynter Institute owns the St. Petersburg Times, which runs PolitiFact.

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  • Larry Higgs

    I would disagree with Mr. Hemmingway, fact checking through sites such as Politifact exposes those inconvenient truthes, especially when it comes to half baked statements made by candidates, public officials and in campaign advertising. The info presented (at least on Politifact) is sourced and listed, so as the expression goes, “you can look it up.”