PolitiFact Re-Evaluates Marco Rubio Ruling, Changes ‘Mostly True’ To ‘Half True’

A few weeks ago, Senator Marco Rubio‘s remark that majority of Americans are conservatives got a “Mostly True” ruling from PolitiFact. Now — not long after MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow slammed the fact-checking organization for inaccuracy — PolitiFact has changed “Mostly True” to “Half True.”

An editor’s note now accompanying the Tampa Bay Times article reads:

An analysis of this claim by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was published on Feb. 14, 2012. After it appeared, we heard from many readers who argued that our rating of Mostly True was the wrong call. The debate centered on whether to judge Rubio on his literal statement or the underlying point. We try to balance that question in many of our rulings. Upon further discussion, and bolstered by more reporting, we have decided to change this ruling to Half True.

Politico spoke with PolitiFact editor Bill Adair on Monday, and asked whether Maddow’s response played any role in the decision. Adair replied, “We heard from a lot of readers and got more information that made us go back and examine it again.” (Though following Maddow’s attack, PolitiFact had responded saying they don’t “readers to agree with every ruling.”)

Furthermore, an MSNBC spokesperson told Politico that Maddow has no comment on the ruling and will not address it on her show tonight.

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