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Complaint to the International Fact-Checking Network regarding PolitiFact, June 5, 2019

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…
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Email Outreach to PolitiFact, May 27, 2019

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…
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Complaint to the International Fact-Checking Network regarding PolitiFact, June 4, 2019

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.

Correction request submitted to Science Feedback, Sept. 30, 2019

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…
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Complaint to the International Fact-Checking Network regarding PolitiFact, May 2019

In May 2019 we lodged a complaint with the International Fact-Checking Network charging that PolitiFact’s failure to fix a demonstrable error in its reporting helped show PolitiFact’s failure to scrupulously comply with an open and honest corrections policy. We are unsure of the exact date the message was sent to the IFCN. Typically we wait at least a week after…
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ZFC to-do list add-on

When people submit a comment through our “Report an Error” form they deserve email confirmation. We found that lacking at the Science Feedback website. And then double-checked to confirm that we have the same problem. We recommend this as standard practice at fact-checking organizations. But it may take us some time figure it out and implement it.

YouTube transcript of the Lila Rose “Abortion is not medically necessary” video

Transcript via YouTube, punctuation added including capitalization. Source video here. Abortion is not medically necessary. And let me explain that really quick because this is one of the biggest lies that the media tells. It is one of the biggest lies and it’s this the fear-mongering that makes good people think “Oh, I guess I have to be pro-choice.” “Oh,…
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How Science Feedback flunked Fact-Checking 101

Note: See statement of transparency following the article. Science Feedback’s fact check of a pro-life video used poor methods and the IFCN’s review missed it An August 30, 2019 Science Feedback fact check (updated Sept. 3, 2019) ruled “Inaccurate” pro-life advocate Lila Rose’s claim “Abortion is not medically necessary.” Science Feedback’s status as a Facebook fact-checking partner, made possible through…
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