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More reasons not to trust Politifact

All the fact-checking agencies have problems from time to time. With many of them, part of their problem is that they have a target audience of the gamut from Never Trumper Republicans to mainstream Democrats — ie, the sweet spot within the duopoly.

But, per a Politifact scoring of Rachel Maddow's "guns" question to Bernie Sanders, there are other reasons to question Politifact, as I explained there.

What Politifact is doing the scoring? Politifact National or a state Politifact?

What? There's more than one Politifact?

Damn straight, and Poynter doesn't explain why it uses just one media outlet in state-level Politifacts where it does that, rather than a university's journalism department, which it does elsewhere. And in those states, it doesn't explain why it uses just that university J-school.

Is there some "branding" involved? Behind that, some financial consideration?

Wouldn't surprise me.

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More reasons not to trust Politifact


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