Fact checkers

Scott Johnson at Powerline criticizes this AP Fact Check article: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/12/15/fact_check_gop_candidates_get_obama_policy_wrong/?rss_id=Boston.com+–+Local+news

The problem with most of the “Fact Check” stories is that they are attempting to make fact or fiction out of what is a matter of opinion. The result is bad journalism.

First we have the article’s headline:

FACT CHECK: GOP candidates get Obama policy wrong

It tells us in plain English that some or all unnamed GOP candidates get the Obama policy wrong.

The first paragraph is:

Republican presidential candidates have claimed that the Obama administration is cleansing government files of references to radical Islam, an assertion so juicy that politicians keep repeating it — even though it’s a wild exaggeration.

So it’s not a clear-cut matter of fact at all, it’s an “exaggeration”. The writer, Peter Yost, places the adjective “wild” before the noun “exaggeration”. If he was a good writer he would have checked himself there. Adjectives need to be examined for purpose. In this case it attempts to make an exageration equal to an untruth by intensifying it.

The rest of the article confirms that the Obama administration has, in fact, purged some FBI training materials of references to radical Islam.


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