Monday, August 26th, 2019

Looking for the “Pants on Fire” rating


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “PolitiFact” rates some leftwing bloggers on their ridiculous claim that Governor Scott Walker is giving himself a pay raise while freezing the pay of state workers. Of course, the governor’s pay was set by the previous legislature and governor, something those leftwing bloggers should have known.

Ironically, PolitiFact’s look into the leftwing blogs’ claim shows what’s wrong with PolitiFact. First, PolitiFact’s declared subject is not some leftwing bloggers, but “bloggers.”

So they’re lumping in Owen Robinson with Chris Liebenthal. In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s view, all bloggers look alike.

The article even indicates that the original claim was made by Marty Beil of AFSCME. Of course, why be specific about whose claims are being tested when the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel can smear every blogger at once?

We rate the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s claim that they were testing the claims of “bloggers” as “pants on fire.”

Which brings us to our second criticism of the ridiculous Journal Sentinel PolitiFact. PolitiFact only gives Liebenthal, Biel and Uppity Wisconsin a “false” rating. To make such a rating, there would have to be an assumption that all three are just complete idiots. If they aren’t complete idiots, then they’re lying, also known as Pants on Fire.

While I understand making the assumption that Liebenthal is an idiot, Biel should know better. (The other blogger is anonymous, so I don’t know.) If Biel should know better, then he should get the “pants on fire” rating because he obviously knew he was lying.

We also give the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s rating system a “pants on fire” rating for failing to have any standards for the public to use to judge whether the Journal Sentinel’s ratings have any meaning.


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