Malarkey: Politifact's 'Fact Check' on Biden's Gun Speech Lie Prompts Some Well-Deserved Shaming

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We reported yesterday on how President Biden gave remarks in the Rose Garden where he announced some executive orders he’d be signing under the pretense of wanting to resolve what Democrats have described as a “gun problem” in America.


As per the norm, the speech was a rambling and incoherent mess, but it did contain one very noticeable and significant whopper that even gun control proponents know is not true (though they wouldn’t dare call him out on it). For those who missed it, here’s what he said (bolded emphasis added):

Most people don’t know: If you walk into a store and you buy a gun, you have a background check. But you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want and no background check.


Biden’s faux pas was so bad that White House press secretary Jen Psaki had to walk his comments about background checks at gun shows back during the press briefing she gave later in the day yesterday.

But despite the fact that Psaki basically “unsaid” what Biden had stated earlier during his event, the so-called “fact-checkers” at Politifact predictably rode to Biden’s rescue with this laughable “fact check” on his claim:


Exaggerated?? Um, no.

When you click on the link, you’ll see he received a “mostly false” rating – with them also saying what he claimed was “overstated,” which is again nonsense because, in reality, it was outright false approaching “pants on fire” territory, as others tried to explain:

And then there was how Twitter promoted the story:

Sadly, this is the type of “fact-checking” we’re going to be subjected to for the next four years on Biden. His lies will be characterized as mere “exaggerations” or “misstatements” or “leaving out important context”, etc. It’s their way of justifying the fact that they don’t have dedicated teams and pages on their websites devoted to keeping a track of Biden’s statements like they did Trump’s, for reasons that should be obvious to everyone.


As I’ve said before, journalists have not been the only ones that have completely beclowned themselves and destroyed their credibility over the last four years. Fact-checkers are right behind them. Unfortunately, that is not going to change anytime soon – if ever.

Flashback: Brian Stelter Asks Politifact About Andrew Cuomo, and the Interview Was Everything Wrong With Journalism



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