Fact checking…

The fact checkers…

In this case, the NRA ‘fact checked’ Politifact… It didn’t end well…

First, HERE is the link to the actual Aussie gun laws.

And this is an ad that ran in the Aussie papers, back in the day.


Now we get to the ‘fun’ part…

The so-called independent fact-checker, PolitiFact, is the latest example of blatant mainstream media bias on the issue of firearms and the Second Amendment.

The organization “fact-checked” an NRA campaign ad which quotes Hillary Clinton as saying that she thinks “it would be worth considering” when asked about gun confiscation in America. Those are Hillary’s exact words when asked at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire last year if she supported America adopting Australia-style gun confiscations.

The audience member’s question for Hillary: “Australia managed to take away tens of thousands – millions – of handguns and in one year they were all gone. Can we do that and why? If we can’t, why not?”

Hillary’s answer: “I think that’s worth considering.” 

Fact: Australia’s 1996 gun law was not voluntary. It was compulsory. Anyone found with an illegal or unregistered firearm was threatened with 10 years in prison.

Hillary Claim: The Clinton campaign said Hillary opposes gun confiscation and accused the NRA of distorting her comments. According to PolitiFact, a campaign spokesperson emailed them with this whopper, “Of course Hillary does not support national mandatory gun buyback programs, including those modeled after Australia’s program. She was discussing voluntary buyback programs, which are drastically different than what occurred in Australia and are regularly run by cities across the America.”

Fact: Hillary Clinton was referring directly to Australia’s gun confiscation scheme when she answered the question. Her later attempts to back track on her support for “considering” gun confiscations is more of the usual politician double-speak.

PolitiFact Claim: “We asked the NRA if it had any other evidence that it believes shows Clinton is open to gun confiscation. A spokeswoman for the gun group’s lobbying arm questioned whether that was “relevant” to our fact-check and didn’t provide an answer.”

Fact: The NRA ad was referring only to Hillary’s comments at the New Hampshire town hall meeting. The NRA made no other claims about any other Hillary comments on the subject. So, to bring in other instances is irrelevant to this fact-check.

PolitiFact Claim: “…there’s an element of truth to the NRA’s statement, but it ignores critical facts that would give a different impression. That makes it Mostly False.”

Fact: PolitiFact ignored Hillary Clinton’s actual words when asked a direct question. That question was to determine her opinion on the Australia program. She answered that question saying “…it’s worth considering.” PolitiFact ignores Clinton’s answer to the voter’s question and accepts her staff ‘s clean up spin at face value. 

Conclusion: PolitiFact had the relevant information necessary to fact-check the NRA ad. They ignored the facts and instead twisted the information to fit the Hillary campaign’s false narrative about guns. PolitiFact has been co-opted by the mainstream media and is 100 percent biased in this fact-checker on Hillary Clinton’s stated position that Australia-style gun confiscations are “worth considering.”

This is about as bad as Snopes’ fact checking… sigh…

h/t NRA Media


Fact checking… — 10 Comments

  1. Liars bread more liars… especially in the Liberal world. They would have to do away with the second amendment if they try this, but then when did the Constitution stop Obama?

  2. The media and its so-called ‘fact checking’ has no credibility at all. It’s a wholly owned subsidiary of the DNC, and (other than WikiLeaks) I haven’t seen much honest journalism in a very long time. It’s a morally bankrupt cabal of progs.

    And as to the firearms issue, threatening ten years in prison for ownership, in contravention of the Bill of Rights, will bring the despicable people out of the woodwork. The only way that it could be enforced would be through the use of the military on American soil – and the fly in that ointment is that many of them take their oath of office seriously.

    It’s one of those things best left alone by the progs. But we all know that they can’t seem to do that.

  3. Great read. I had to share on Facebook. And yeah…everything is lies.

  4. There’s so much misinformation – and disinformation – on the ‘web that it might as well be considered entirely false. Re: the fact-checkers, if you have to tell people you’re honest, then you’re probably not.

  5. CP- We pretty much knew that going in… sigh

    LL- Agreed!

    Fargo- You’re welcome!

    Rev- Oh yeah, exactly right!

  6. Once again I point out the politi-lie operation is run by the poynter institute. Poynter was a founding member of the American Socialist Party in the early ’30’s. The paper he started and was editor of for decades down never met a fascist(first) or a communist(later) that it didn’t support. Politi-lie is just the latest extension of his philosophy. “Four legs good; two legs bad”(until we pigs learn to stand on two then it’s different).