Bill Adair, at Politifact, attempting to justify their bullshit Lie of the Year:
At a Republican campaign rally a few years ago, I asked one of the attendees how he got his news.
“I listen to Rush and read NewsMax,” he said. “And to make sure I’m getting a balanced view, I watch Fox.”
My liberal friends get their information from distinctly different sources — Huffington Post, Daily Kos and Rachel Maddow. To make sure they get a balanced view, they click Facebook links — from their liberal friends.
Both sides do it! Except, of course, Limbaugh, Newsmax, and Fox are lying, and HuffPo is hardly a liberal site.
It gets worse:
We’ve read the critiques and see nothing that changes our findings. We stand by our story and our conclusion that the claim was the most significant falsehood of 2011. We made no judgments on the merits of the Ryan plan; we just said that the characterization by the Democrats was false.
And you are wrong, and you are idiots. As someone on twitter quipped, if someone bought Politifact and turned it into a direct mail organization, if you said they had killed Politifact, you would win a Lie of the Year award. Cripes, even the NRO agrees calling the plan to end Medicare is not a lie, because REPUBLICANS DO WANT TO END MEDICARE and that is precisely what the bill proposed.
And the grand finale:
Ezra Klein of the Washington Post wrote that this episode was proof that the nation is so divided that “the ‘fact checker’ model is probably unsustainable.”
The most over-the-top response (was it tongue-in-cheek?) was a rant from Jim Newell in Gawker under the headline “Why PolitiFact is bad for you.” He conveniently ignored the fact that our fact-checks are based on hours of journalistic research and portrayed them as the work of rogue bloggers with a gimmicky meter.
“PolitiFact is dangerous,” he said.
Really? It’s dangerous to put independently researched information in the hands of the citizenry?
We got other silly comments from readers who declared we were “a tool” of the Republicans, Fox News and the Koch brothers. Their reaction is typical these days. To paraphrase George W. Bush, you’re either with us, or against us.
In reality, fact-checking is growing and thriving because people who live outside the partisan bubbles want help sorting out the truth. PolitiFact now has nine state sites run by news organizations around the country that employ more than 30 full-time journalists for fact-checking. We’ve inspired many copycat sites around the nation and roughly a dozen in other countries.
And yet, for many of our readers, the love for PolitiFact has always been conditional. They love us when we confirm their views that the other side is wrong — and they hate us when we don’t.
The Broderesque pablum is rife here- “Because both sides attack us, we must be doing something right.”
Klein Jim Newell is right. Politifact, as it is now, is dangerous, because it gives a veneer of objectivity to the kind of journalistic false equivalences which have run this country into the ground, and in this case, deemed an outright truth to be a lie. With that kind of intellectual dishonesty being pumped into our political discourse, you are fucking a right politifact is dangerous.