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Complaint to the International Fact-Checking Network about PolitiFact, May 19, 2020

complaint to the international fact-checking network about PolitiFact

On May 19, 2020, Zebra Fact Check submitted a formal complaint about PolitiFact to the International Fact-Checking Network. The complaint alleges that a PolitiFact explainer article on the Gen. Michael Flynn prosecution reversal reported self-contradictory information and presented readers with a completely one-sided view of the Justice Department’s decision. The complaint also notes PolitiFact failed to fix the described problems…
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Correction request sent to PolitiFact, May 18, 2020

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PolitiFact Pennsylvania published a fact check on May 14, 2020 and used information published after May 10, 2020 to justify a “False” rating it issued to a statement published on May 9, 2020. PolitiFact’s statement of principles assures readers it judges political claims based on information available when the claim was made. Zebra Fact Check sent notice to PolitiFact about…
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Email outreach/correction request to PolitiFact, March 23-April 17, 2020

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When PolitiFact Health Check published a fact check that took President Trump out of context at least three separate times in the service of a misleading narrative, we asked PolitiFact to fix the problem. PolitiFact has apparently made no move to fix its fact check or reply to our critique. Correction May 21, 2020: Tweaked the title to read “March…
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Correction request submitted to PolitiFact, April 20, 2020

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PolitiFact, and particularly PolitiFact North Carolina, have done a poor job reporting the issue of legal protections for persons with pre-existing conditions seeking health insurance. A fact check from PolitiFact North Carolina made it sound like repeal of the Affordable Care Act could end “coverage” for people with pre-existing conditions. In fact, it would have ended the ACA’s particular protections…
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Email Outreach to IFCN Director Baybars Orsek, Oct. 6, 2019

After Zebra Fact Check received a message from the International Fact-Checking Network’s outside assessor, Michael Wagner, describing the flawed reasoning he used to dismiss our complaints to the IFCN about PolitiFact, we contacted IFCN Director Baybars Orsek to ask for confirmation that what Wagner sent us was the same reasoning he sent to the IFCN. This email exchange also marks…
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Email Outreach to Neil Brown, Baybars Orsek and the International Fact-Checking Network, Jan. 2, 2020

In January 2020 we renewed our efforts to obtain a reply from the International Fact-Checking Network or the Poynter Institute addressing various problems with the IFCN’s efforts to ensure fact checker accountability. We hoped inquiring after the various holidays might find IFCN or Poynter officials less busy and more likely to respond. We obtained automated replies from Poynter Institute President…
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