Sharyl Attkisson Exposes Media 'Fact-Checkers' as Non-Expert Hacks
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Most conservatives and other independent critical thinkers know that the Left-wing media’s so-called “fact-checkers” and “myth busters” like those at the Washington Post and Snopes are less concerned about real facts and more focused on using their status to push false narratives.
But you might not have known the depth of their lack of candor and expertise.
On that note, we throw it over to investigative journalist and ace reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who has been fairly, honestly, and accurately reporting news and events for so long her record precedes her.
In a report for RealClearInvestigations, Attkisson notes that since President Donald Trump was elected (and Trump Derangement Syndrome became a real thing), “fact-checkers” have become near idols on the Left.
As such, there was mounting pressure on social media behemoths such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook to ‘fact-check’ even political discourse.
Noting that our current national “discord is likely to persist because in large part the fact-checking solution is illusory,” Attkisson notes further:
Fact-checking organizations have grappled internally with the obvious but usually unspoken challenge in all such efforts: It is unrealistic to expect that any appointed group of fact-checkers has true expertise on all of the topics they litigate. Yet they do so every day. ...
Keeping this in mind, the biggest inherent flaw with efforts to fact-check information may lie in the qualifications, bias, and conflicts of interest among the ranks of the fact-checkers themselves. One example is the fact-checking nonprofit First Draft, started by Google at the beginning of the 2016 election cycle. Google is owned by Alphabet, Inc. Alphabet executives and employees comprise a politically active group that ranks among the largest political donors to Democrats in the country. During the 2016 campaign, Alphabet was led by an ardent Hillary Clinton supporter and campaign volunteer, executive chairman Eric Schmidt.
First Draft is also supported by an array of liberal companies and nonprofits, including the Ford Foundation and George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. First Draft tends to fact-check topics in a vein that’s consistent with its major donors’ opinions and interests. ...
...18 of the 20 members of Facebook’s oversight board members have ties to Soros’ Open Society Foundations, which have spent billions of dollars on global initiatives aggressively advocating for the progressive side on topics ranging from immigration policy and climate to abortion, gender, and racial policies.
In addition to the sites mentioned above, there are similar issues linked to another media ‘fact-checker,’ NewsGuard – “an Internet browser took that rates the trustworthiness of news sources in search engines and social media sites,” Attkisson notes further. This operation is also funded by Left-wing groups, in part by Publicis Group, which she says “is active on the progressive side of major issues and controversies from gender to race and climate.”
The ace reporter said last November, NewsGuard contacted RealClearInvestigations to question the use of anonymous sources to out the identity of an intelligence community ‘whistleblower’ that led to President Trump’s impeachment.
But, she noted, “when RealClearInvestigations asked NewsGuard if it was posing similar queries about the use of anonymous leaks by other news organizations” like the NY Times, the Post, CNN, NBC, Buzzfeed, and others, “NewsGuard did not reply.”