Study: Biden 8 Times More Like to Be Defended Than Fact-Checked by PolitiFact
A new study discovered left-wing bias from the fact-checker PolitiFact, and nobody should be surprised.
The Media Research Center released its findings Tuesday comparing the number of fact checks of claims that President Joe Biden made versus the number made of claims made against the president.
In Biden’s first 100 days, PolitiFact fact-checked him 13 times in comparison with the 106 times it seemingly defended him — a whopping eight times as much.
However, Trump had 52 “Truth-O-Meter” fact checks in his first 100 days as opposed to a meager 13 for Biden, according to the study.
Does this mean that Biden does not lie as much as the former president? Perhaps. But that does not mean PolitiFact doesn’t have a clear preference for defending him as opposed to holding him accountable.
Left-leaning institutions such as PolitiFact — which is run by the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida — can be a helpful tool to fight misinformation, but being extremely selective with what they fact-check is damaging to their credibility.
By having a clear bias, they are showing that perceived impartiality usually has a hidden liberal slant, as opposed to many right-wing sources that tend to be upfront about their bias (cue The Western Journal’s editorial standards!).
“Biden is off to a relatively slow start but who knows what will happen. We will keep doing fact checks, just not a database,” he added.
Any fact-checker that presents itself as fair and nonpartisan has an obligation to scrutinize Biden’s comments as closely as it did Trump’s.
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