As I’ve noted before, when it comes to so-called “fact checkers” like FactCheck.org, the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, and PolitiFact, probably the worst of the bunch is PolitiFact.
PolitiFact isn’t exactly the type of fact checking organization that rushes to defend Republicans over false accusations or to take Democrats to task over the lies they tell. They’ve proved it several times over the last few months alone, with the exception of a “pants on fire” rating they gave to California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) back in August (because even a broken clock is right twice a day).
This time around, their target is Nikki Haley, President Trump’s former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. According to the fact checking organization, Haley’s “Stand for America” policy group sent out an email in late October stating Democratic candidates for president were “promoting abortion in third world countries to control the population!”:
The email says the following:
“Liberals continue to go around the country touting their radical climate change agenda.
“Front and center was their ‘Green New Deal.’ Or as we at Stand For America have come to call it, the ‘Green New Scam.’ The candidates touted everything from putting limits on red meat consumption, to promoting abortion in third world countries to control the population!
“We must stand up to these liberals, and let them know that we don’t support this radical agenda!”
Though PolitiFact accurately points out later that the words “abortion” and “population” are not mentioned anywhere in the Green New Deal, they failed to read her comments in the context they themselves provided to their readers. Haley didn’t say abortion and population control were mentioned in the Green New Deal. She said candidates who promoted the Green New Deal were “touting” such measures. And they were.
PolitFact didn’t know which candidate(s) Haley was talking about in her email, so they assumed she was referring to Sen. Bernie Sanders, who made some rather alarming statements about abortion as population control during CNN’s September “Climate Crisis” town hall:
Question: “Human population growth has more than doubled in the past 50 years. The planet cannot sustain this growth. I realize this is a poisonous topic for politicians, but it’s crucial to face. Empowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth seems a reasonable campaign to enact. Would you be courageous enough to discuss this issue and make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe?”
Sanders: “Well, Martha, the answer is yes. And the answer has everything to do with the fact that women in the United States of America, by the way, have a right to control their own bodies and make reproductive decisions. And the Mexico City agreement, which denies American aid to those organizations around the world that allow women to have abortions or even get involved in birth control to me is totally absurd.”
However, Daily Wire’s Ashe Schow discovered that PolitiFact left out the rest of Sanders’ debate comments on the issue:
But PolitiFact leaves out what Sanders said immediately after this. As the BBC reported at the time, Sanders went on to say:
“So, I think, especially in poor countries around the world where women do not necessarily want to have large numbers of babies, and where they can have the opportunity through birth control to control the number of kids they have, is something I very, very strongly support.”
Now, Sanders said “birth control” instead of “abortion,” but the two are interchangeable to today’s Left.
She’s right. Liberals believe when birth control isn’t an option, isn’t used, or isn’t available, that abortion as a way of “birth control” is an option.
And Sanders’ “poor countries” comment is even in the linked CNN transcript PolitFact provided to their readers! Yet they left the text of them out of their piece and still rated Haley’s email comments as “mostly false.” Unbelievable.
But that’s PolitiFact for you. They rarely ever come across a Democrat for who they won’t run interference.
(Hat tip: Tim Graham at Newsbusters)
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