NewsBusters Podcast: Newsom, DeSantis, and Democrats at PolitiFact

December 1st, 2023 11:39 PM

The Sean Hannity-moderated debate between Gavin Newsom and Ron DeSantis drew a predictable outcome from PolitiFact. They tried to ignore the raw numbers on Californians leaving Florida (and the reverse) and proclaim Newsom wasaccurate by using a "per capita" measurement for America's most populous state. That's playing with "alternative facts."

In all of PolitiFact's checking since they started in 2007, Newsom has 29 fact checks, and DeSantis has 54. But Newsom has 13 of 29 (almost half) that are True or Mostly True. DeSantis has 12 of his 54 (22 percent) True or Mostly True. Newsom has only 6 of his 29 as Mostly False/False/Pants on Fire, DeSantis has 32 of 45 (or almost 6o percent). This is what PolitiFact does, writ large. Republicans are 60 percent wrong, Democrats are 20 percent wrong. That’s why Newsom is excited to see the report!

Speaking of fact checking, you can call Henry Kissinger and Dick Cheney "war criminals," and nobody at PolitiFact bats an eye. Did Kissinger "commit massacres," as The Daily Show suggested? Was he a "butcher," like HuffPost said? HuffPost was much more neutral about the Iranian terrorist/general Qasem Soleimani than they were about Kissinger.

Finally, we spend a minute to point and marvel at Rep. Daniel Goldman (D-N.Y.) trying to argue Hunter Biden's laptop isn't authentic, that it was some kind of Rudy Giuliani concoction. This means Goldman thinks The New York Times, The Washington Post, CBS and others were all wrong to declare its authenticity.

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