PolitiFact's Ted Cruz slander

Houston Chronicle:
Yesterday, Texas on the Potomac posted coverage of PolitiFact’s assessment of freshman Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. The Pulitzer Prize-winning news source rated Cruz as being untruthful in his statements 50 percent of the time.

Readers reached out, questioning the truthfulness of the fact-checkers themselves. Ted Cruz’s office contacted us with similar concerns.

“PF is a liberal editorial outfit not a neutral fact checker. You must see that when you read items like yesterday’s Cruz/Obamacare item, which is ridiculous to the point of hilarity. Not a single substantial fact of Cruz’s is rebutted — in fact, his analysis was confirmed — but PF reached its preferred conclusion regardless — not just doubtful or half true but ‘pants on fire,’” Cruz spokesman Sean Rushton said.

This isn’t the first time PolitiFact has taken heat from conservatives. During the 2012 presidential campaign, PolitiFact declared a claim from the Romney campaign as “false” and received a fiery email from the Romney for President policy director.

“Putting aside the obvious problems with rating an accurate statement mostly false, your analysis in this instance was so inadequate that the piece ended up being little more than Obama for America spin. I hope you will consider the problems identified below, retract the piece, and replace it,” director Lanhee J. Chen said.

The National Review, a conservative media outlet, advised its readers to ignore pay no attention to the fact-checkers because they can’t be trusted to get it right.

You can see some of the tendentious claims at the bottom of the link above.  I thought the Cruz statements were accurate.  The attempts to discredit his statements where nit picky at best and did not go to the substance of his argument.  Many of them were statements of opinion that are not subject to fact checking.

Ted Cruz is a smart guy who is difficult for liberals to attack in their traditional ways and they are going after  him with insults and attempting to question his integrity.  It will not work and they are looking ridiculous in the process.


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