Fact checkers are liberal reporters who want to be taken seriously. So instead of writing on the editorial page or the front page, they create “fact check” columns where their liberalism can be used to claim the truth for the left, even when it is a lie.
PolitiFact is the worst of them all. Filled with a bunch of leftists who will claim a lie as the truth to fit their agenda, they are doing it in Wisconsin with Senator Ron Johnson.
In a campaign ad in Wisconsin, Senator Johnson says his opponent Russ Feingold “got paid $8,000 a lecture at Stanford University.”
What did Politifact find?
By our math, based on the course descriptions on Stanford’s website, there were 10 lectures in the first class and nine in the second, for a total of 19 lectures in those classes over the two terms.
If you take $150,000 and divide it by 19, you get approximately $7,895 per lecture. That’s pretty close to the $8,000 mentioned.
And then at the end, Politifact notes, “the math may be right, or close to it.”
So you’d think this would be rated true or mostly true, wouldn’t you?
Not if you are a leftist at Politifact. There, this is rated “mostly false.” Why?
Johnson claims Feingold “got paid $8,000 a lecture at Stanford University.”
While the math may be right, or close to it, the claim implies that the number of lectures is somehow tied to pay grade and ignores the other work required outside of class.
We rate this claim Mostly False.
The math is right, the claim is right, but to Politifact it is a lie.
Is it any wonder people hate the media?