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.
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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.
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.