Fact-free checkers

I watched last night’s VP debate despite my deep personal desire to, you know, not do that, and while I don’t really think there’s much of anything substantive to say about the debate itself (Pence won because, despite lying virtually non-stop from beginning to end, his performance was not as unpleasant to watch as the… Continue reading Fact-free checkers

Marco Rubio and the problem of words and their meanings

I’m not a historian of American politics, but I pay a fair bit of attention to what goes on, and I honestly can’t think of any primary candidate who’s gotten more media traction without winning a single contest, or really having any expectations of winning any in the near future, than Marco Rubio. This is… Continue reading Marco Rubio and the problem of words and their meanings

Heroic PolitiFact fact checker fails to check his own facts

I mostly think PolitiFact is a bad thing. Even if it did its job perfectly, the notion that “fact-checking” is some minor subset of journalism and not, you know, kind of the main point, seems incredibly troubling to me. But the worst part is that PolitiFact doesn’t do its job perfectly, and in fact it… Continue reading Heroic PolitiFact fact checker fails to check his own facts