Maddow: PolitiFact, you are a disaster

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 23:40 EDT
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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday once again blasted the fact-checking website PolitiFact.

In January, she accused PolitiFact of undermining the word “fact.”

This week, the fact-checking website drew Maddow’s ire after rating Sen. Marc Rubio’s comment that the majority of Americans are conservative as “mostly true.

PolitiFact cited a 2011 Gallup poll, which found 40 percent of Americans described themselves as conservatives, 21 percent described themselves as liberal and 35 percent described themselves as moderate. The website also noted that Gallup has never found that a majority of Americans describe themselves as conservative.

The site was apparently conflating a majority and a plurality — which is not at all uncommon, but technically wrong.

“Seriously,” Maddow said. “Claim A, false. Claim B, false. Overall PolitiFact rating, ‘mostly true.’ PolitiFact, please leave the building. Do not bother turning off the lights when you leave. We will need them on to clean up the mess you have left behind you as you are leaving.”

“PolitiFact, you are a disaster,” she added.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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