The fact-checking site Politifact recently said that the fact that they were fact-checking was in fact a fact, but they marked it off as a false fact, anyway. Welcome to Orwell’s Newspeak.
Politifact tried to attack a claim that Fox News Business Network host Maria Bartiromo made during an appearance on Fox News’s “Jesse Watters Primetime,” and the fact-check ended up doing the opposite. They’re just making things up now to discredit any facts that could make Joe Biden look bad.
During her appearance, Bartiromo was talking about US dependency on Russian oil, which you would think is an important topic since we are trying to sanction Putin into oblivion over his unwarranted invasion of Ukraine. The Fox Business host pointed out, among other things, that the United States has doubled its imports of oil from Russia in the last year and that this is exactly the wrong time to do so.
Over the time period she was talking about, the US and other Western allies only slightly responded to Putin’s build-up of military troops along Ukraine’s border, and they should have halted the Russian energy imports.
What she said was, “The United States is also reliant on Russian oil … we have doubled our imports from Russia in the last year. No question why President Biden is begging OPEC and others to pump more oil.”
A couple of days later, Putin invaded Ukraine, igniting a military conflict which we haven’t seen in Europe since World War II.
By Wednesday morning, the Biden administration still refused to cut off imports of Russian oil. This is helping Putin by making Moscow wealthy while they attack an innocent country.
This is the way things are now because Joe Biden killed our energy policies that were put into place under the Trump administration where the former president not only got the US to be energy independent, but we became the world’s largest exporter of oil. Joe Biden alone screwed all of that up and so now Biden has to plead with countries who hate us to get more oil.
On Monday, the fake fact-checker Politifact, wrote a column to fact-check Bartiromo’s claim about the United States doubling its oil imports from Russia giving it a score of “mostly false” when it is absolutely true.
The dopes at Politifact did what liberals always do. Someone gave them something to work with, and without actually looking any deeper, they trusted the source and went with it, feeling all vindicated. The problem here is, whoever gave them the information they used doesn’t know their rear end from a hole in the ground. Is that kind of scrutiny what fact-checkers are supposed to be providing?
Politifact’s fact-checker said that when crude oil imports and products like gasoline and kerosene, which are refined products, are added to the mix, it shows the year-over-year increase was 28 percent and not 50 percent.
The problem for Politifact is that this is not how oil imports are categorized. Oil import refined products are normally categorized separately. Politifact changed this in order to help the failing Biden administration and they thought no one would notice. Politifact cited U.S. Energy Information Administration data a few times, and the source they cited clearly breaks down crude oil imports in a separate chart. But the so-called “fact-checker” didn’t know that or didn’t care and was biased against Bartiromo in favor of the Democrat president.
A Bartiromo spokesperson explained the way things work to Politfact which ended with the fact-checker admitting, “The U.S. more than doubled its crude oil imports from Russia, to about 208,000 barrels a day in the first 11 months of 2021, from 76,000 barrels a day in 2020.”
But, the fact-checker refused to change its assessment of “mostly false” even though it admitted that Bartiromo’s claim was in fact correct.
“But Bartiromo’s broader point was about the extent of U.S. reliance on Russian oil, which remains fairly modest,” the article went on to say. “Russia accounted for only about 3% of overall U.S. crude oil imports in 2021 — a 2 percentage point increase from 2020.”
Instead of being honest, which is the whole point of being a fact-checker, it changed the argument to say that Bartiromo’s broader point was overemphasized since Russian oil imports only make up a small portion of US oil imports as a whole. If the fact-checker was honest, it would have changed the assessment because the claim that Politifact assessed in the end, after it was pointed out to the outlet that they misread how imports were categorized, wasn’t the one it was initially examined in the first place.
When you cannot trust the fact-checkers, what good are they?
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