Author Archive: Bryan W. White
Zebra Fact Check sent two correction requests to PolitiFact on May 5, 2022. The first of the two we documented here. We delayed documenting the second. We decided on the delay because PolitiFact made a change, albeit via stealth edit, after the first correction request but made no apparent change after the second correction request. Under the assumption that submitting…
Zebra Fact Check again tried to obtain information from the International Fact-Checking Network about its practices touching its complaints process. This time we focused our message on Project Manager Ferdi Özsoy. Özsoy oversees the IFCN’s application and verification process.
Zebra Fact Check sent a correction request to the Poynter Institute (“Factually” newsletter) on May 13, 2022
The first of two correction requests Zebra Fact Check sent to PolitiFact on this date concerned PolitiFact’s fact check of a movie trailer. In its criticism of the “2000 Mules” trailer, PolitiFact included a subheading that falsely described both the trailer and PolitiFact’s evaluation of the trailer. PolitiFact changed the offending line not long after we sent the correction request….
On May 5, 2022 at around 8:00 a.m. EDT, Zebra Fact Check sent a pair of correction requests to PolitiFact. One of the correction requests concerned a false statement PolitiFact included as a subheading. PolitiFact claimed a trailer for a film about the 2020 presidential election, “2000 Mules,” based its case on “cell phone footage.” That claim contradicted the content…
Kaiser Family Foundation said abortion ‘moments before birth’ is not legal in the U.S. We asked KFF for justification and did not hear back.
Zebra Fact Check reached out to Victoria Knight of Kaiser Family Foundation and PolitiFact in an attempt to resolve discrepant reporting by those two entities.
A research tangent from an apparent PolitiFact error led Zebra Fact Check to a Kaiser Family Foundation page claiming U.S. law does not permit abortion up until the moment of birth. KFF offered no information to substantiate its claim. So we filled out and submitted a form asking either for the backing information or else a correction. That was on…
After PolitiFact failed to act for over a week in response to two correction requests we sent on April 11, 2022, Zebra Fact Check sent complaints about PolitiFact to the International Fact-Checking Network. Both complaints alleged PolitiFact failed to adhere to its commitment to an open and honest corrections policy.
A PolitiFact fact check published April 5, 2022 resulted in justified pushback on social media. Zebra Fact Check summarized the objections in the form of a correction request, submitted on April 11, 2022. On April 12, 2022 we followed up our first email with one correcting a mistake in our correction request. We will update this item if and when…