Maddow: PolitiFact has to go away

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, February 20, 2012 23:51 EDT
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On her show Monday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said that the website PolitiFact needed to “go away” or stop using the word fact in its name.

She railed against the fact-checking site for rating a comment by her colleague as “mostly false.”

In a promotional spot for his MSNBC program, Lawrence O’Donnell claimed that critics called the original GI Bill “welfare.” PolitiFact analyzed the claim and noted that critics did deride it as a “dole system.” However, two historians PolitiFact contacted said they did not know of any instances where the GI bill was explicitly attacked as “welfare.”

“What’s the dole system, what’s the dole?” Maddow said. “The dole is welfare. That’s what British people call welfare. It’s an English language, slang term everywhere for welfare. So case closed, right? Lawrence’s ad says that critics of the GI bill called it welfare. Politifact finds that they did call it welfare.”

“Politifact fact checks historical claim A, finds it to be true, and therefore rates the claim mostly false! They found it to be true, but they rate it mostly false. They print the evidence that it’s true, ‘the bane of the British Empire has been the dole system,’ and right under that they say, ‘we found no evidence of critics referring to the GI bill as welfare.’”

“Dudes, you just published the evidence of critics referring to the GI bill as welfare. It is right there. On the same page,” Maddow added. “What do you think the British dole system is? Do you think it is a pineapple program of some kind? Maybe something to do with bananas?”

Maddow previously said PolitiFact was a “disaster” and accused the site of undermining the word “fact.”

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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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