- — Jess Hill (@jessradio)Sun, May 12 2013 14:12:13New Australian fact-checking website PolitiFact (@PolitiFactOz) went live 15 minutes ago. Read about it here: http://www.politifact.com.au/truth-o-meter/article/2013/may/12/pollies-beware-Truth-O-Meter-open-business/ …h-o-meter/…
- — _robcorr (@_robcorr)Mon, May 13 2013 00:08:30So @PolitiFactOz's first attempt shows they lack basic reading comprehension. Clowns. http://www.politifact.com.au/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/may/12/australian-labor-party/labor-says-its-workplace-rights-cant-be-stripped-a/ …h-o-meter/…
- 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.
- — _robcorr (@_robcorr)Mon, May 13 2013 01:19:38.@PolitiFactOz "We examine the claim in full context, the comments made before and after it… and the point the person was trying to make."
- — _robcorr (@_robcorr)Mon, May 13 2013 01:19:40.@PolitiFactOz If that's the case, why did you quote Evans out of context, reverse the argument he was making, and give him a False rating?
- 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.
- — _robcorr (@_robcorr)Mon, May 13 2013 05:02:23
- — _robcorr (@_robcorr)Mon, May 13 2013 05:40:09@timdunlop @mishaketch @PolitiFactOz They’ve done the Facebook equivalent of a subtweet, here, digging in: https://www.facebook.com/notes/politifact-australia/how-to-operate-your-truth-o-meter-part-1/394245154022365 …tifa…
- 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:
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.
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