PolitiFact calls Trump claim 'mostly false', then proves its true in their own factcheck
One of the recently profiled “fact checker” organizations that often betray a left-leaning bias has set a new precedent for disseminating “fake news.”
PolitiFact concluded that while a tweet Sunday by President Trump was factually correct — “the numbers check out” — the statement remained “mostly false.”
Trump tweeted: “The media has not reported that the national debt in my first month went down by $12 billion vs a $200 billion increase in Obama first mo.”
Politifact wrote: “The numbers check out. And in fact, the total public debt has dropped another $22 billion … according to data from the U.S. Department of Treasury.”
It then quoted one of its writers to argue that the drop is not significant, because the national debt fluctuates up and down.
Ultimately, the writer insisted, the debt accumulation will return.
Reacting to the Politifact post, Thomas Lifson at American Thinker said the left “has always been tethered to fantasy, but is now at the stage of almost admitting it in public.”
“The Marxist claims of ‘scientific socialism’ lasted for generations (and is indeed still believed in the fever swamps of the left), but PolitiFact, as wannabe watchdog of media accuracy, is beclowning itself in such a public manner that laughter is the only reasonable response.”
One of PolitiFact’s largest contributors is Clinton donor Alberto Ibarguen, president and CEO of the Knight Foundation. Ibarguen contributed $200,000 to the eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in February 2015, Breitbart reported. The Knight Foundation also donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation, Politico said.