Another example of the myriad means by which Fox News distorts reality on behalf of Republicans are the choices they make in what not to report as well as what to report dishonestly (which are the only two options considered by Fox reporters).
The truth detectors at PolitiFact are a favorite source of newsmaker evaluations to the folks at Fox Nation. In the past few months they have referenced the site repeatedly when seeking to defend the right and bash the left. After reading a few of the articles post by the Fox Nationalists, it would be fair to conclude that they hold PolitiFact in high regard:
- Politifact Annihilates Harry Reid
- Fact Check Destroys Pres. Obama’s Claim He Didn’t Raise Taxes
- Fact Check Nails Maddow…Again
- Pelosi Jobs Claim Skewered by Truth-o-Meter
- PolitiFact Rates Jon Stewart’s Fox News Claims … False!
- PolitiFact: Perry Did NOT Say Texas Wanted to Secede
- Politifact: Perry Was NOT Al Gore’s TX Campaign Manager
- Watchdog: Obama’s List of Kept Promises Is a Stretch
- Politifact’s Lie of the Year 2011: ‘Republicans Voted to End Medicare’
- Politifact Shreds MSNBC ‘Lean Forward’ Ad
- PolitiFact: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Is a Liar
Like many things in the political realm, the conclusions reached in some of those articles were debatable. PolitiFact has made its share of tortured appraisals that miss the mark. But, if nothing else, the list above proves that they are not the sort of knee-jerk leftists that conservatives think dominate the media.
Nevertheless, the Fox Nationalists are shamelessly selective in their use of material from PolitiFact. The day after the Supreme Court ruled that ObamaCare is constitutional, Mitt Romney spoke out against the decision in a litany of lies. PolitiFact posted reviews of a couple of points in Romney’s remarks and rated them both as false.
So despite a long track record of publishing PolitiFact’s findings, for some reason the Fox Nationalists declined to report on these obvious and deliberate falsehoods. It’s probably the same reason they have neglected to inform their audience of dimwits that Romney has been rated as untruthful 54 times by PolitiFact, and 13 of those were “Pants-on-Fire” lies. In fact, 40% of PolitiFact’s findings on statements by Romney are rated as untruthful.
If Fox actually had even a hint of aspiration to be fair and balanced, they would be reporting that Romney is as close to a pathological liar as anyone who has ever run for president. However, there is nothing stopping the rest of the media from reporting the truth about Romney’s compulsive dishonesty. But that’s another problem altogether (Liberal media my ass).