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 of the email follows in .pdf format:
Note: Though we titled the email based on the notion that PolitiFact had not applied its “burden of proof” principle consistently, in Milano’s case PolitiFact concluded the Georgia law simply did not say what Milano claimed. So “burden of proof” was not the relevant inconsistency. Instead, Milano was receiving the fact-checking equivalent of the “Mulligan” in golf.