Author Archive: Bryan W. White
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.
On June 13, 2019 Zebra Fact Check sent a correction request to PolitiFact regarding a 2014 fact check by PolitiFact Oregon. The text of the request follows in .pdf form.
One June 13, 2019, Zebra Fact Check submitted a complaint to the International Fact-Checking Network noting PolitiFact made no changes to a false statement on its website after Zebra Fact Check pointed out the problem about a week earlier. The complaint counted PolitiFact’s inaction as a failure to adhere to an open and honest corrections policy. Update Oct. 9, 2019:…
A false description of its policy on corrections, published in 2012, led Zebra Fact Check to ask PolitiFact for a correction. The email message, sent on June 6, 2019, follows in .pdf format.
On June 5, 2019 Zebra Fact Check submitted to the International Fact-Checking Network a complaint about PolitiFact regarding its failure to apply a “Truth-O-Meter” rating to a claim from actor Alyssa Milano. Milano said a bill passed in the state of Georgia would allow the prosecution of women seeking abortions. PolitiFact found the bill did not say that but did…
On May 24, 2019 PolitiFact published an item surrounding actor Alyssa Milano’s claim a Georgia law would subject women to prosecution. The article found the law did not say what Milano claimed. But the PolitiFact article did not take the step of applying a “Truth-O-Meter” rating. We reached out to PolitiFact to encourage adherence to a consistent standard. The text…
On June 4, 2019 Zebra Fact Check submitted a complaint about the fact-checking organization PolitiFact to the International Fact-Checking Network. Our message to the IFCN said were were offering evidence of PolitiFact’s failure to meet its IFCN obligation to adhere scrupulously to an honest and open corrections policy. The description of our complaint follows in .pdf format.
On May 27, 2019 Zebra Fact Check emailed PolitiFact asking for the fact checkers to fix an incoherent fact check published by PolitiFact Pennsylvania on January 19, 2017. PolitiFact Pennsylvania’s fact check misstated facts and misled and misdirected readers regarding the subject matter of the fact check. The text of the ZFC email follows in .pdf format.
On Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, Zebra Fact Check submitted a communication to Science Feedback regarding its fact check of comments by pro-life activist Lila Rose. See our commentary article on the problems with that fact check here. The text of the comment follows in our standard post format, followed by a screen capture version take after the Science Feedback website…