Quoth the Meter, “Neverwrong”: Once Rated, “The Truth” Cannot be Corrected
So, yesterday, in addition to highlighting a much needed new website, PolitiFact Bias, and announcing A.R.’s excellent new subject category, Justin revealed that, at the ProJo, a sort of Truth Board
is in charge of determining PolitiFact “Truth”-O-Meter ratings participates in the selection of statements for the “Truth”-O-Meter as well as the determination of its rating after reviewing evidence gathered by a reporter. After making a determination, only then does the Board send forth a reporter to gather evidence for the pre-determined rating, in what appears to be an upending (conclusion first, gather evidence second) of the proper way to search for Truth. [Justin advises that I stretched his description of the role of the Truth Board. I am pleased to “rehash”; i.e., correct, my original conclusion.]
Under that post, former RI rep and Congressional candidate John Loughlin describes yet another aspect of PolitiFact’s loosie-goosie attitude towards the truth: their inability to correct a rating when indisputable evidence emerges that it was wrong.
Politi-Fact has no credibility with me what so ever.
On July 20, 2010, I was given a “pants-on-fire liar” rating for relaying the information given to me by Arizona law enforcement that those being human trafficked across the US / Mexico board are often force to carry narcotics as a price of passage. It is extremely difficult to prove this, however this is what I was told by law enforcement on the ground in Arizona (Governor Jan Brewer said the same thing). Subsequent to piece’s publication it was reported in the same Providence Journal that 72 Guatemalans were gunned down by the cartels for refusing to carry the drugs. Then the Interior Minister of Mexico made a speech outlining that the human traffickers were being forced to carry drugs.
I presented all of this exculpatory evidence to Politi-Fact and was told “well, we already covered that story so we don’t want to go back and re-hash it.” These low-lifes called me a liar and didn’t have the guts to go back and correct their error. I can only conclude it was because Politi-Fact is agenda driven journalism at its very worst.