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Study: Media Fact-Checker Says Republicans Lie More

 

 Believe It or Not

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The Center for Public and Media Affairs at George Mason University is a nonpartisan research and educational organization which conducts scientific
studies of the news and entertainment media.

This is their piece released yesterday, May 28, 2013:

 

pants on fire truth meterA leading media fact-checking organization rates Republicans as less trustworthy than Democrats, according to a new study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) at George Mason University.

The study finds that PolitiFact.com has rated Republican claims as false three times as often as Democratic claims during President Obama’s second term.  Republicans continue to get worse marks in recent weeks, despite controversies over Obama administration statements on Benghazi, the IRS and the AP.

According to CMPA President Dr Robert Lichter, “While Republicans see a credibility gap in the Obama administration, PolitiFact rates Republicans as the less credible party.”

The study examined 100 statements involving factual claims by Democrats (46 claims) and Republicans (54 claims), which were fact-checked by PolitiFact.com during the four month period from the start of President Obama’s second term on January 20 through May 22, 2013.

Major Findings:

pants on fire truthPolitiFact rated 32% of Republican claims as ‘false’ or ‘pants on fire,’ compared to 11% of Democratic claims, a 3 to 1 margin.  Conversely, Politifact rated 22% of Democratic claims as ‘entirely true’ compared to 11% of Republican claims, a 2 to 1 margin.

A majority of Democratic statements (54%) were rated as mostly or entirely true, compared to only 18% of Republican statements.  Conversely, a majority of Republican statements (52%) were rated as mostly or entirely false, compared to only 24% of Democratic statements.

Despite controversies over Obama administration statements regarding Benghazi, the IRS and the Associated Press, Republicans have continued to fare worse than Democrats, with 60% of their claims rated as false so far this month (May 1 –May 22), compared to 29% of Democratic statements by a 2 to 1 margin.

This study’s findings are similar to those of a previous CMPA study, which found that PolitiFact gave more negative ratings to the Romney campaign than the Obama campaign during the 2012 presidential election campaign.

Examples of PolitiFact Ratings:

Pants on Fire:  Michele Bachmann decries ‘huge national database’ run by IRS with “personal, intimate” details (May 15, 2013).

True:  Obama says bipartisan background check plan ‘outlawed any (gun) registry’ (April 17, 2013).

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Be this as it may, the Democrats aren’t exactly up there with 22% of their claims registering as ‘entirely true’ according to this CMPA/Politifact study.  With one of the lowest approval ratings in history, both aisles of Congress– Democrat and Republican alike– haven’t fared so well in the public’s view.

We wonder how this study might have turned out if it had weighed in with the Independents, Greens, and Libertarians for overall truthiness.

pants on fire fearThe Center for Media and Public Affairs is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization which is affiliated with George Mason University.  It has monitored news coverage of every presidential election and every new administration since 1988.

For CMPA findings on the Obama administration see: cmpa.com

To note, Politifact.com is an adjunct of the Tampa Bay Times and recipent of the Pulitzer Prize in reporting.

(Hat tip to Mitch)

2 Responses to “Study: Media Fact-Checker Says Republicans Lie More”

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