We’ve heard from the Washington Post’s fact-checker on how many lies President Biden has told in his first 100 days, but what it doesn’t take into account is that 1) the paper had to have decided to fact-check the president, and 2) it was the Washington Post doing the fact-checking.
This isn’t the Washington Post but PolitiFact twisting reality enough to grant Sen. Ted Cruz a “false” rating when he said that the GOP didn’t try to “rig the game” when the Republicans had control of the Senate.
NEW: Ted Cruz said, "You didn't see Republicans when we had control of the Senate try to rig the game" in Supreme Court nominations. The GOP had the power to do what it did, but it doesn't mean they weren’t rigging the game. https://t.co/jDlZuRodvu pic.twitter.com/eszlysipp8
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) April 27, 2021
“The GOP had the power to do what it did, but it doesn’t mean they weren’t rigging the game.” Do tell:
If your time is short, PolitiFact says — and it is — here’s what you need to know:
- Cruz’s comment ignores that Republicans gave diametrically opposite treatment to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland and President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.
- As the party controlling the Senate, the Republicans had the right to exercise their power as they saw fit. But there was no consistency on their part when they denied Garland a hearing for nearly a year yet rushed through Barrett’s nomination within weeks — other than advancing the party’s goals.
Filling vacancies on the Supreme Court is now somehow “rigging the game” equal to the threat of packing the court.
Quote was referring to increasing size of SCOTUS as rigging the game, but you treat quote as a list, omit the second half of the quote, then find someone to give you an opinion that you like for the first half and call it a "fact" and the whole thing as FALSE because of course. pic.twitter.com/oqJ39CxGXW
— Razor (@hale_razor) April 27, 2021
You cut off the quote. "You didn't see us try to pack the court." How pathetic of a check. Did republicans pack the court? Funny you left that out.
— Taylor (@molonlabe88) April 27, 2021
Completely disingenuous. Unbelievable.
He specifically said "You didn't see us try to pack the court" which you INTENTIONALLY left out.
— Futurist Dog, Private Investigator (@FuturistDog) April 27, 2021
But they weren't trying to put another 4 judges on the bench. Fact check that ?
— stoney mechanic (@fkdindahead420) April 27, 2021
This is not a fact check. It’s an opinion piece.
— Attila the Hun☠️ (@EarlUhtred) April 27, 2021
This is opinion at best, outright lies at worst.
— DJ Mulhern (@djmulhern15) April 27, 2021
Conservatives played by the rules.
For the first time on decades, the Supreme Court isn’t a Democrat lever… and they’ve actually shown themselves to uphold the constitution thus far.
Packing the court is insane.
— Richard (@RichardDeKoch1) April 27, 2021
This is why these fact checking organizations are so bad. The Republicans did what they were supposed to do. Trump nominated, The Senate approved. Facts are factual. To say what the Republicans did is rigging the game is not fact but an opinion. What they did was their job.
— Andrew Fletcher (@BrainofGenius) April 27, 2021
This isn’t a "fact check."
This is Democrat Party spin. I don’t mind the argument when it’s coming from Democrat politicians. That’s what they’re expected to do.
But this is shameful from an organization who is purportedly supposed to be an unbiased fact checker.
— . (@efpkm) April 27, 2021
Stop calling these fact checks if you can’t be unbiased.
— JerichoTheHorse (@JerichoTheHorse) April 27, 2021
Wow this is sad even for you guys. Do you guys not care about your reputation? Is spreading disinformation a greater concern?
— john musk (@johnmusk15) April 27, 2021
For the love of God are you guys pathetic and a bunch of liars
— Voter Fraud Is Real?? (@BballMichael) April 27, 2021
How much BS do you guys try to push?
— ??? (@portfolio0001) April 27, 2021
I’m genuinely laughing at the sad, pathetic, propaganda rag @PolitiFact has become. It used to at least try to hand some integrity. This is “fact check” is laughable.
— Anthony (@PhinsTweets) April 27, 2021
Wow just wow! Your stupidity and hypocrisy is on full display here! ??♀️
— Penny (@Itsnickel2) April 27, 2021
What's it like to be wrong on a consistent basis? Is it a super power?
— Ailin Fergan (@AilinFergan) April 27, 2021
Stuff like this is why trust in the media is at an all time low.
— Patrick (@patrickishmael) April 27, 2021
— Gulag Inmate 3657 (@Liberty_mehbro) April 27, 2021
They didn't rig anything. They used the rules that were defined.
— DiGriz (@TheDigriz) April 27, 2021
What they did was in line historically with what other Senates did
— TheUnusualSuspect (@beerandtokens) April 27, 2021
If by "rigging the game" you mean "playing by the rules" then this is absolutely true.
— The Cocaine Bear (@KyCocaineBear) April 27, 2021
This is dumb. He was referring to changing the rules to gain an advantage. That did not happen in 2016. They used the existing rules. He did not make a false statement.
— War Machine (@OneMoreBrian) April 27, 2021
“The GOP had the power to do what it did, but it doesn't mean they weren’t rigging the game.”
The most contradictory sentence ever written.
— Dailey ? (@DaileyOfficial) April 27, 2021
This is simply an opinion. Masquerading as independent fact checkers is super devious
— immaheadout (@immahea01262101) April 27, 2021
This is false, @birdwatch should remove this post for making false claims.
— Doctor Neanderthal, Fiery But Mostly Peaceful. (@dh5650) April 27, 2021
When asked why the GOP’s actions don’t qualify as partisan gamesmanship, Cruz’s spokesperson Steve Guest doubled down on Cruz’s statement.
“Absolutely nothing was rigged by Republicans. Presidents nominate judges. The Senate gives or withholds advice and consent. Those are the rules and Republicans followed them,” Guest said.
Remember when PolitiFact at least made a token attempt to hide their bias?
— Fred (@FredZembo) April 27, 2021
You people are idiots. They totally played by the rules, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t break the rules – is the dumbest take on the Internet today.
— WhatsTheDifference (@TheDudeApollo) April 27, 2021
“The GOP had the power to do what it did.” That’s the end of the sentence, which would make your “fact check” true. Hacks.??♀️
— Jill West (@JillJillwest1) April 27, 2021
Politifact did it… no one with more than a single braincell would ever take them seriously again pic.twitter.com/1lrQNkX8x4
— Human Action (@HumanAction76) April 27, 2021
— Not_Papa_P (@NotPapaP1) April 27, 2021
You’re full of crap and you damned well know it. But you live with your parents so I’m not sure what else to say.
— Vladimir Tepes (@VladimirTepes17) April 27, 2021
‘Politi-GARBAGE’: Politifact’s attempt to admit Biden lied about background checks WITHOUT actually admitting he lied BACKFIRES https://t.co/Vl7NdyuUFh
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 9, 2021