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    PolitiFact - Biased Or Unbiased?

    I was wondering what you guys here thought of PolitiFact. I think they're pretty much the best source for facts and exposed myths on each candidate. Your thoughts?

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    Re: PolitiFact - Biased Or Unbiased?

    I think that they are bias. Even more now then before. I had such high hopes for them, but they don't seem interested in tackling the tough issues. For example, today they have listed that Obama has directed the military leaders to cease the war in Iraq, but there has been no huge troop withdraw. How can that be a promise kept if there has been no real action?

    Also, the comments for which they test Obama on the truth-o-meter aren't really that hard hitting. For example, "Will you be able to keep your current health care?" is rated at half truth. The better questions would be "Are you interested in the public plan taking over the private industry?", "Will Government workers be required to take the public option?", or "Will politicians (Senate and House) take the public option?"

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    Re: PolitiFact - Biased Or Unbiased?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pythium View Post
    I think that they are bias. Even more now then before. I had such high hopes for them, but they don't seem interested in tackling the tough issues. For example, today they have listed that Obama has directed the military leaders to cease the war in Iraq, but there has been no huge troop withdraw. How can that be a promise kept if there has been no real action?

    Also, the comments for which they test Obama on the truth-o-meter aren't really that hard hitting. For example, "Will you be able to keep your current health care?" is rated at half truth. The better questions would be "Are you interested in the public plan taking over the private industry?", "Will Government workers be required to take the public option?", or "Will politicians (Senate and House) take the public option?"

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    I could not find that one exactly, but I found this: PolitiFact | Begin removing combat brigades from Iraq - Obama promise No. 126: Which does look accurate.

    I like the sight. I can find no overt bias, and it's bookmarked right next to factcheck.org.

    Edited to add: heh, I just saw the date of the original post. What a necro.
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    Re: PolitiFact - Biased Or Unbiased?

    lol necro or not.. it's still important to voice concern over bias. It's kinda sad that you can't see the bias...

    I haven't seen any troop removal yet. It's still early to be giving that one a check mark. The numbers are still high for Iraq and increasing for Afghanistan.

    Also, you didn't comment on the softball statements that are covered...

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    Re: PolitiFact - Biased Or Unbiased?

    Not biased because the site looks at whatever regardless of political colour. That at the moment it is mostly Republicans getting nailed there is due to the amount of lies and miss information they are producing.

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    Re: PolitiFact - Biased Or Unbiased?

    Seems like a very interesting site so far.
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    Re: PolitiFact - Biased Or Unbiased?

    It is unfortunate, but I have to go with it being biased. I really had high hopes for the concept and the site in general, and have often been checking the obameter to see how he is doing, but today I was going through the lies section and was starting to see a trend. Look for yourself, and tell me the difference between "pants on fire" and "false". Although both are saying the statement is blatantly incorrect one jumps out of the page at you. Pants on fire definitely catches the eye more, and makes you think the statement is more of a lie. Now look through and see how often republicans get "Pants on fire" vs Democrats. Further more, looking through the compromises part of the Obameter, and actually reading them makes one think they might be biased.

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    Re: PolitiFact - Biased Or Unbiased?

    I don't know anything about PolitiFact, but I believe that absolutely everything written by humans is biased in some way or another.

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    Re: PolitiFact - Biased Or Unbiased?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    I don't know anything about PolitiFact, but I believe that absolutely everything written by humans is biased in some way or another.
    Good point. It is a shame though, because the idea of "just the facts please" would be really refreshing for any political site.

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    Re: PolitiFact - Biased Or Unbiased?

    I like politifact. Prefer it to factcheck.org.
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