Tag Archive: IFCN Complaints

Complaint sent to the International Fact-Checking Network about Reuters Fact Check, Aug. 11, 2022

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Is abortion ever medically necessary? Reuters Fact Check addressed that question back in late 2021 but committed a fallacy of equivocation in its fact check (documented here in detail). On July 30, 2022, Zebra Fact Check asked Reuters Fact Check for a correction of its fallacious reasoning. After over a week of apparent inaction from Reuters Fact Check, Zebra Fact…
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Complaint sent to the International Fact-Checking Network about Lead Stories, Aug. 9, 2022

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Meta/Facebook fact-checking partner Lead Stories committed essentially the same fallacy of equivocation other fact-checkers committed with the issue of whether abortion is ever medically necessary. We sent a correction request to Lead Stories on July 23, 2022. Lead Stories made no apparent attempt to correct its error through Aug. 9, 2022. Lead Stories’ failure to fix a documented error duly…
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Complaint sent to the International Fact-Checking Network about AFP Fact Check, Aug. 5, 2022

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AFP Fact Check committed the same equivocation error other fact-checking organizations have committed while attempting to answer whether (elective) abortion can sometimes prove medically necessary. The failure either of AFP Fact Check’s correction request interface or else its desire to correct error count as a failure to scrupulously adhere to an open and honest corrections policy, hence our complaint submitted…
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Complaint sent to the International Fact-Checking Network about FactCheck.org, Aug. 4, 2022

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Annenberg Fact Check, also known as FactCheck.org, published an abortion fact check basing its conclusion on a fallacy of equivocation. Zebra Fact Check submitted a correction request to FactCheck.org on July 15, 2022. FactCheck.org made no apparent effort to fix its mistake and no apparent attempt to explain away the mistake. Zebra Fact Check reported the case to the International…
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Complaint sent to the International Fact-Checking Network about AP Fact Check, August 2, 2022

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AP Fact Check failed to act in response to Zebra Fact Check’s correction request noting the former’s fallacy of equivocation in an abortion fact check. Accordingly, we sent a complaint to the International Fact-Checking Network noting AP Fact Check’s failure to scrupulously follow an open and honest corrections policy. Note: The embedded document differs from the one sent to the…
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Complaints to the International Fact-Checking Network about FactCheck.org and PolitiFact

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FactCheck.org and PolitiFact committed an error in common in fact-checking President Biden’s inaugural address. Both made statements representing the total U.S. death toll from World War II using statistics for U.S. military deaths and omitting all mention of civilian war dead. Both fact-checking organizations failed to address the error or acknowledge the complaint within a week’s time, leading to the…
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Complaint to the International Fact-Checking Network about PolitiFact, June 17, 2020

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On June 17, 2020 Zebra Fact Check submitted a formal complaint to the International Fact-Checking Network about PolitiFact. The complaint noted that two PolitiFact stories published in 2015 dealing with intraracial crime omitted mention of the high rate of black intraracial murder. The complaint alleged that PolitiFact’s failure transgressed an IFCN principle calling for fairness. The complaint noted that PolitiFact…
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