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  • LOL: Another Hilarious Whopper From Politi'fact'

    03/30/2018 2:28:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2018 | Guy Benson
    I realize it's a small point and that I'm weeks late to this absurdity, but I've decided to call attention to it anyway because it further underscores the ludicrousness of treating Politifact like a nonpartisan fact-checker.  I sometimes take issue with determinations made by the Washington Post or FactCheck.org's truth-assessing outfits, but they at least seem interested in impartiality.  Politifact is a different story, having earned a reputation as a liberal, anti-Republican institution.  Evidence of this has arisen time and again, and now there's another laugher to add to their rap sheet.  In the course researching this post about vulnerable...
  • Nolte: Snopes Fact Checks, Facebook Threatens Satire Site for Mocking CNN

    03/02/2018 10:27:19 AM PST · by davikkm · 31 replies
    breitbart ^ | JOHN NOLTE
    The Christian satire site Babylon Bee has been fact-checked by Snopes and threatened by Facebook after it published an Onion-style article about CNN about purchasing a washing machine to spin the news. The Babylon Bee openly advertises itself as a satire site. Recent headlines include, Local Pastor Hoping Curling Metaphors Go Over Big This Sunday, Nation That Calls Trump Hitler Demands He Take All Guns Away, Calvinist Dog Corrects Owner: No One Is A Good Boy, and New Exercise Bike Forces You To Watch Christian Movies Until You Hit Your Calories Goal. Not only is this fairly anodyne stuff, but...
  • March 5. 2017: Four Pinocchios? Trumps evidence for Obama wiretap claims sketchy, anonymously sou

    02/03/2018 3:07:38 PM PST · by confederatecarpetbag · 54 replies
    WaPo ^ | March 5. 2017 | Glenn Kessler
    President Trumps explosive allegation that former president Barack Obama wiretapped him is based on what? Were still waiting for the evidence. In the meantime, Trump earns Four Pinocchios
  • PolitiFact Hires, then Fires Alan Grayson (Remember this Moran?)

    02/01/2018 2:08:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2018 | Chris Reeves
    On Thursday morning, Politifact announced that it would be hiring former Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson to help its team of fact-checkers as a "reader advocate." Just two hours later, however, Politifact publicly severed their agreement with Grayson after receiving sustained and intense backlash on social media. We sought out a Democrat and Republican to critique our work in order to try to improve the trust and credibility in fact-checking and PolitiFact. It has become clear our choice of Alan Grayson did not meet that threshold to many. pic.twitter.com/uJuoHhiObI— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) February 1, 2018 Most of the opposition to Grayson's hire...
  • Googles New Fact-Check Feature Almost Exclusively Targets Conservative Sites

    01/10/2018 1:38:02 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Jan 09, 2018 | Eric Lieberman
    Google, the most powerful search engine in the world, is now displaying fact checks for conservative publications in its results. No prominent liberal site receives the same treatment. And not only is Googles fact-checking highly partisan perhaps reflecting the sentiments of its leaders it is also blatantly wrong, asserting sites made claims they demonstrably never made. When searching for a media outlet that leans right, like The Daily Caller (TheDC), Google gives users details on the sidebar, including what topics the site typically writes about, as well as a section titled Reviewed Claims. Vox, and other left-wing outlets...
  • Trapped in the Bubble

    12/28/2017 9:34:34 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 29, 2017 | Suzanne Fields
    When summing up the year now fading, the catchall phrases that generalize a common view don't work. It was neither the best of times nor the worst of times. In our fragmented politics, the center does not hold, and moving out to the edges of the frame doesn't hold us together. There's lots of e pluribus and not much unum. In her new book, "Braving the Wilderness," togetherness guru Brene Brown accurately describes paradoxes that afflict what she calls "common enemy intimacy." We hold on to ideological bunkers with echo chambers in which we can share a common bias flavored...
  • Boom: CBS News Report, Bernie Sanders Comments Confirm Sweeping Benefits of GOP Tax Law

    12/27/2017 10:11:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2017 | Guy Benson
    We've been having some fun at the expense of Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party's literally apocalyptic hyperbole and rhetorical overreach about the new tax reform law, showcasing examples of businesses -- large and small -- that are celebrating passage of the landmark legislation by paying out employee bonuses, raising wages, expanding, and making charitable investments.  For what it's worth, here are a few additional examples that have cropped up since our last pre-Christmas post on the matter.  As we await more announcements from corporations and small businesses across the country in the new year, I'd like to go back...
  • Trump slams FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for donations to wife's campaign

    12/23/2017 9:30:06 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 23, 2017 | Kelly Cohen
    President Trump slammed the FBI's deputy director for donations to his wife's Virginia state Senate campaign, roughly an hour after it was reported Andrew McCabe would retire in early 2018"How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wifes campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?" Trump tweeted Saturday. Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000...
  • Vanity: GOP Eliminated Personal Exemptions from Income Tax

    12/21/2017 10:53:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 168 replies
    FactCheck.org ^ | December 20, 2017 | Eugene Kiely
    Personal Exemption A personal exemption is the amount that you can deduct from your income for every taxpayer and most dependents claimed on your return. Current law: $4,050 per person, which means a married couple with two dependents would receive a personal exemption of $16,200. New law: The personal exemption is eliminated. The exemption returns after 2025.
  • Propaganda Works: Majority of Americans Now Believe the GOP Bill Will Raise Their Taxes.

    12/13/2017 12:25:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 126 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2017 | Guy Benson
    A new national survey conducted by Marist College's polling operation shows that a 52 percent majority of US voters believe the Republican tax reform proposal will negatively impact their personal financial situation.  Less than one-in-three respondents think they'll benefit.  This overwhelmingly inaccurate perception represents the fruit of Democrats' media-aided labor over recent weeks, as they've flooded the national debate with factually false assertions and ludicrous hysteria.  The truth, as we've relayed on numerous occasions, is that nonpartisan analyses of the plan have concluded that on average, every income group will receive a tax cut -- including, if not especially, the...
  • FACT CHECK: New Yorkers Will Get Tax Cuts Even Without the State and Local Tax Deduction

    12/06/2017 2:19:53 AM PST · by JayGalt · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Dec 2017 | John Carney
    The Republican tax overhaul will not be the punishment expected by many residents of high-tax, Democrat-voting areas. Many of those who have the most to lose from the elimination of state and local tax deductions will actually come out ahead under either the House or Senate versions of the bills. Many residents of places like New York City, which couple high taxes with high costs, fear the provisions of both bills that would eliminate or reduce the deductions they receive for the income and property taxes they pay locally. The Senate bill would preserve a property tax deduction up to...
  • Reality Check: The Facts vs. the Left's Top Two Lies About Tax Reform

    11/30/2017 3:43:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2017 | Guy Benson
    In the interest of intellectual honesty and transparency, let's begin with a few important concessions to skeptics of the GOP tax reform bill: First, not every single American would be a winner under the plan.  A small percentage of US taxpayers would see a tax increase (disproportionately, these would be higher-income itemizers from high-tax states), and a number of deductions that help certain people with heavy medical expenses and student loan debt would be eliminated (proponents say much or all of the resulting blow would be mitigated by lower rates and a doubled standard deduction).  Second, among the "losers" would...
  • Nonpartisan Analysis: GOP Plan Would Reduce Taxes and Increase Incomes Across

    11/29/2017 11:28:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2017 | Guy Benson
    We'll get to the study mentioned in the headline shortly -- but first, it's already time for another tax reform fact check, necessitated by the Left's relentless machine of anti-reform propaganda and distortions.  On MSNBC, anchor Ali Velshi butchered the facts on the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the projected impact of Senate Republicans' tax reform bill.  Here's the segment in which he disseminates, well, fake news, followed by an explanation of exactly how he misrepresented the CBO chart. Via the Free Beacon: MSNBC's Ali Velshi Messes Up CBO Chart on Tax Reform (Video) "More bad news from the Congressional...
  • Fact Check: Everything About This Sally Kohn Tweet About Tax Reform is Incorrect

    11/18/2017 2:24:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2017 | Guy Benson
    Liberal activist Sally Kohn -- who is delightful in person, but wrong about almost everything -- tweeted an attack on the GOP tax plan yesterday, urging her followers to "call bulls*t" on Republican defenses of their proposal.  Basically everything in her tweet was wrong.  Here's her initial effort, followed by my rebuttal: Here’s some more tax facts for ya. When Trump and Republicans insist that we *have to* cut corporate taxes because ours are the highest in the world, CALL BULLSH*T. But I guess they’re not low enough for the billionaires who want to soak the working class and poor...
  • Hillary's Running Mate: Vegas Massacre Was Stopped Because The Shooter Didn't Have a Silencer

    10/04/2017 3:37:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 97 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 4, 2017 | Guy Benson
    Democrat Tim Kaine, who -- and people forget this -- is a member of the United States Senate who ran on Hillary Clinton's ticket last in fall's election (look it up!), weighed in on the gun control debate that is raging the aftermath of Sunday night's horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas.  In a very special attempt to link his opposition to a Republican proposal to ease federal restrictions on gun suppressors to the massacre, Kaine explained how he believes local authorities were able to put an end to the shooter's reign of terror.  Just so we're clear, this person...
  • Shamed, Civil Beat Revises 'Fact' Check Questioning Djou's Afghanistan Combat Record

    05/27/2012 10:49:33 AM PDT · by Lornik · 6 replies
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | 05/26/2012 | Andrew Walden
    Even after updating a May 17 Fact Check which this writer characterized as "taking three sentences from an hour-long May 1 Rick Hamada interview with Afghanistan combat veteran Rep. Charles Djou, twisting Djou's words into a pretzel and fact-checking statements Djou did not make", Civil Beat is still lying about Charles Djous Afghanistan combat record and his votes in Congress relating to that war. (See article below.) Shamed into retracting their false rating, Civil Beat on Friday shifted to a half-true. In spite of the shift, the half-true rating remains a lie which hangs on a single sentence of willful...
  • Snopes On Verge Of Collapse After Founder Is Accused Of Fraud, Lies, and Prostitutes

    09/07/2017 6:04:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 07/26/17 | Alana Goodman
    Fact-checking' website Snopes is asking its users for help in a GoFundMe saying an 'outside vendor' is 'holding it hostage' But the site which claims to be 'transparent' and to tell people the facts they need to know hasn't told those donating everything that is going onIn fact it is at the center of a bitter legal battle with its CEO being accused of fraud, lies, conspiracy and putting prostitutes and his honeymoon on expensesDavid Mikkelson set up company which owns Snopes.com in 2003 with then wife Barbara but she sold her 50 per cent stake during bitter divorceOwners of...
  • Bitter divorce fuels Snopes slow demise

    07/25/2017 11:01:50 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 25, 2017 | Keith J. Kelly
    The bitter 2015 divorce of David and Barbara Mikkelson is the fuel that ignited the battle for the popular fact-checking Web site, Snopes, which is now resorting to a GoFundMe drive to keep it afloat. The showdown takes on added gravity because the popular site, owned by Baday, is one of the outlets that Facebook turns to for verification of stories when it receives complaints of fake news. Fans of Snopes have been responding in droves since Monday, when the company said that Proper Media both tech partner and part-owner after buying Barbaras shares in 2016 has been...
  • Is Snopes.com Really Going Broke While the Mikkelsons Live Large?

    07/25/2017 5:18:40 PM PDT · by impetrio1 · 7 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 7/25/17 | Black & Blonde Media
    Seriously, "fact checking" is not that big a deal, then again if you're lazy and need to be spoon fed, going to Snopes may be the easy out. And as it looks like it takes a lot to keep up with the Mikkelson's financial responsibilities, let your own eyes determine their level of genuine need....
  • Soros Buys Himself an Independent Fact Check Organisation Can You Guess Why?

    07/09/2017 9:06:35 AM PDT · by davikkm · 11 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    This almost cartoon-like Super Villain, George Soros, has just donated half a million dollars to Full Fact, a fact checking charity in the UK. As to why he has done this is anyones guesskind heart, seeker of truthOr is it perhaps set to be just another arm of his personal propaganda army? Full Fact is a UK charity. Which means it receives not only a tax exempt status, but is on the receiving end of government money (taxpayer money). A quick perusal of their website will tell you pretty much all you need to know about their politics; and although...