Monthly Archive: October 2019
Editor’s note: This post was scheduled to publish at 8:01 a.m. on Oct. 24, 2019. A malfunction kept the post from publishing. Working to address the problem resulted in it publishing at 11:05 a.m. but with the 8:01 a.m. time stamp. We then immediately added this note and corrected the time stamp. On Oct. 21, 2019 Zebra Fact Check sent…
We have transcribed parts of two segments of a David Plouffe podcast (alternative link) featuring a Hillary Clinton interview. The segments provide critical context for a fact check conducted by fact-checking organization Lead Stories. We cite fair use as our justification for producing these transcripts. The transcripts are tagged as resource pages and are not set for indexing by search…
An Oct. 18, 2019 story at National Review said Hillary Clinton claimed the Russians were grooming Democratic Party presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) for a third-party campaign. And the fact checkers at Lead Stories, a fact-checking organization verified by the International Fact-Checking Network called it a hoax. Lead Stories was wrong. But its role as a Facebook fact-checking partner…
On Aug. 21, 2019 Zebra Fact Check reached out to PolitiFact regarding flawed reporting in an Aug. 20, 2019 fact check published by PolitiFact Wisconsin. The text of the email follows in .pdf format.
When we found PolitiFact making a questionable claim about legal scholars and the special counsel law, we reached out to the PolitiFact writer, Jon Greenberg. After receiving no response from Greenberg we reached out to PolitiFact regarding the same issue. The text of our message to PolitiFact follows, in .pdf format.
On July 24, 2019 PolitiFact published a fact check of Republican John Ratcliffe’s claim that Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not follow the special counsel regulations. The PolitiFact fact check, by Jon Greenberg, said PolitiFact found no legal scholar who agreed with Ratcliffe. Before reading Greenberg’s fact check, we were aware that respected author and former federal prosecutor Andrew C….
On Sept. 5, 2019 Zebra Fact Check submitted a complaint to the International Fact-Checking Network, offering evidence PolitiFact failed to scrupulously adhere to an open and honest corrections policy. The text of the complaint follows in .pdf format.
On Aug. 1, 2019 Zebra Fact Check sent an email to PolitiFact questioning the premise of a fact check and asking PolitiFact to reconcile contradictory reporting in two of its fact checks. As of this date, over two months later, we detect no evidence PolitiFact has moved to fix either problem with its reporting. The email message appears below in…
On July 26, 2019 Zebra Fact Check emailed PolitiFact to seek correction or clarification of misleading reporting in its fact check examining whether Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cried over an empty parking lot in Tornillo, Texas. Note: This case is not among those we submitted to the IFCN as evidence PolitiFact fails to scrupulously follow an open and honest corrections policy….
On June 20, 2019 Zebra Fact Check sent a complaint about PolitiFact to the International Fact-Checking Network about PolitiFact’s failure to fix an obvious error in a 2014 PolitiFact Oregon fact check. Zebra Fact Check used the example as a failure of PolitiFact’s commitment to an open and honest corrections policy. The text of the complaint follows in .pdf form.