Thursday, September 25, 2008

FactCheck.org is biased

FactCheck.org is not an impartial organization. Their posts frequently have partisan qualities, and those qualities always seem to be towards the Democrats. By partisan qualities, I don't mean lying or deliberately mis-stating anything. In fact, FactCheck.org has all the marks of a group of Democrats and left-leaning independents who are making a sincere effort to be non-partisan and are doing as well as can be expected of such a group. But they do tend to emphasize Republican problems and minimize Democrat problems. They sometimes write lines that are somewhat sneering to Republicans. And when they editorialize (as they do more often that one would want in an impartial organization) it is always in favor of the Democrats. I'm planning to do several posts on this subject. Hopefully I can do it mostly by linking to other bloggers and minimize my own work...

For my first example, FactCheck.org responds in a biased way to an NRA add. Jim Geraghety points out a few ways that they got it wrong. Snowflakes in Hell points out a few more ways that they got it wrong. Those two links are fairly polite, so I recommend them to the opposition. For more details but in a less temperate fashion see Xrlq who has an argument as well as a set of links that I got the first two from. FactCheck.org dismisses Obama's record in favor of his current campaign rhetoric. That seems to be leaving out some significant facts. Also, they replace the NRA's subjective evaluation of the evidence with their own subjective evaluation. These are not the acts of an impartial organization.

Another example is FactCheck.org's response to a McCain ad that charges that Obama has voted 94 time "for higher taxes". This one is well-handled by Albany Media Bias. The only thing I'll add is this quote from FactCheck.org: "by repeating their inflated 94-vote figure, the McCain campaign and the GOP falsely imply that Obama has pushed indiscriminately to raise taxes for nearly everybody." Of course, the proposition that this is what is implied is not a fact, it is an opinion. But most of the FactCheck.org response was effectively a response to this restating of McCain's ad. That is not the behavior of an impartial organization.

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