Following Rachel Maddow‘s epic takedown of factchecking website PolitiFact, Politico’s Dylan Byers reached out toPolitiFact editor and Tampa Bay Times Washington bureau chief Bill Adair, who responded to the MSNBC host’s grilling.
“Our goal at PolitiFact is to use the Truth-O-Meter to show the relative accuracy of a political claim,” Adair explained. “In this case, we rated it Mostly True because we felt that while the number was short of a majority, it was still a plurality. Forty percent of Americans consider themselves conservative, 35 percent moderate and 21 percent liberal. It wasn’t quite a majority, but was close.”
“We don’t expect our readers to agree with every ruling we make,” he continued. “We have published nearly 5,000 Truth-O-Meter ratings and it’s natural that anyone can find some they disagree with. But even if you don’t agree with every call we make, our research and analysis helps you sort out what’s true in the political discourse.”
Maddow called the website a “disaster” on Tuesday’s program. “Seriously!” Maddow snarked. “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.”
Watch Maddow’s report below via MSNBC:
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