Complaint to the International Fact-Checking Network about PolitiFact, June 8, 2022

A PolitiFact fact check got out ahead of the facts, evident after Uvalde, Texas law enforcement issued contradictory reports about events surrounding a shooting incident. PolitiFact obscured from readers that it issued apparent false reports while relying on official sources. Instead of admitting it changed its reporting, PolitiFact told readers it updated its story with new information that came out after its story published. PolitiFact resisted requests that it follow its statement of principles with respect to the changes it made to its story.

Zebra Fact Check reported the case to the International Fact-Checking Network as an example of PolitiFact failing to scrupulously adhere to an open and honest policy on corrections.

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  1. anon

    In the above linked pdf titled “Is an Update What PolitiFact Says It Is?” it says “The Internet
    Archive capture from 17:25:12 (UTC; 1:25 p.m EDT)”. That is wrong. The Wayback Machine uses UTC-1 for it’s timestamps. Not UTC as one might expect. Perform a capture and verify it for yourself.

    1. Bryan W. White (Post author)

      My test showed the capture with a GMT timestamp (should be equivalent to UTC). I relied on what I saw on the page, so I’ll put any discrepancy down to the Internet Archive.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      And please don’t post anonymously. Choose a distinctive pseudonym if you don’t wish to identify yourself to the public. Thanks.


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