book, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, calls out “a new, particularly noxious species of yellow journalism that is beginning to infect what passes for modern political discourse. It’s called ‘PolitiFact.’”
Cruz gives three reasons PolitiFact sucks: selection bias, liberal bias and inability to differentiate fact from opinion.
We’ve been pointing out those exact problems, and many others, for years now. In fact, among the dozens of articles we’ve done on PolitiFact’s shortcomings, there’s a 14-part series on this exact fight: PolitiFact vs. Cruz.
Now, W. Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas has already responded with a glib little column pointing out a slight error in Cruz’s book. Congratulations to Selby. That’s already more substantive than just about any of the attacks on Cruz he’s written.
The final score for our 14-part review was Cruz, 12, PolitiFact, 1; and one disqualification when both sides were wrong.
If you’re interested in how liberal journalists marginalize conservatives by presenting their own opinions as facts, we invite you to check out the series. (We’ll even throw in a few killer, debate-winning facts on gun control and health care that you’ll never read in the paper.)
We could almost say our take is Cruz-approved. His argument about Space Invaders makes the same point we did, and our arguments about President Obama’s apology tour are quite similar. Some of the other strong pieces are Parts 1, 5, 7, 10, 13, and 14.