What I’m interested in here is that if you call someone a liar, you’ve got to show them lying. It endangers PolitiFact’s hard-earned and important position as referee in the mudslinging contest–a “truth vigilante,” as it were–for it to call someone a liar on the basis of something that may or may not be false. Reid’s charges are unsubstantiated, not backed up and at best hearsay. But his basic charge–that someone told him Romney did not pay taxes–may well be true even if Romney did pay. PolitiFact ruled “Pants on Fire” on the basis that Reid did not prove his charge, meaning that it is now possible to get called a liar by PolitiFact for saying something true. — More.
“PolitiFact, you are fired. … You are undermining the definition of the word ‘fact’ in the English language…” — More.
In case anyone is interested, PolitiFarce.com is available.
I’ve been largely inclined to ignore PolitiFact since its “Lie of the Year” debacle in December, which for me, tarnished the site’s credibility in ways from which it will not soon recover. But if this SOTU analysis is evidence of where PolitiFact is headed, it appears the editors are making matters worse, not better. — More.
More criticism for PolitiFact Tennessee.
Glenn Reynolds: I MENTIONED POLITIFACT TENNESSEE EARLIER, and reader Tony Lynch isn’t impressed: