PolitiFactOz falls at the first hurdle
In its first Truth-O-Meter entry, PolitiFact Australia uses misrepresentation and out-of-context quotations to reach an absurd verdict.
- They looked at a press release from Chris Evans, but only quoted half of his statement.
- This wilfully misleading interpretation creates an absurd standard.
- The PolitiFact policy suggests that this misrepresentation shouldn't happen.
- And it misrepresented Dave Oliver's speech to the National Press Club, too.
- How did this slip through the net, when PolitiFact claims to have accountability measures in place?
- That seems right so far—I've had no response, and their original misrepresentations have not been corrected.UPDATE: Wait, looks like they have replied after all, and they're digging in.
- But what does their response actually say?First, that they weren't checking the Evans or Oliver quotations (that much is obvious!); only a dot-point on the ALP website. But their own text suggests a clear link between the three quotations:
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- ChessiersPolitiFact also clamin in the same judgement that Labor fanned a 'scare campaign' about an LNP govt removing penalty rates. How can their analysis be that Labor...PolitiFact also clamin in the same judgement that Labor fanned a 'scare campaign' about an LNP govt removing penalty rates. How can their analysis be that Labor claimed their IR laws can never be 'stripped back' and that they ran a scare campaign that the LNP would do just that? The judgement contradicts itself.more2013-05-13T06:48:30.605Z