Letter: Wondering who checks on the fact checkers

February 22, 2013 

In response to Julie Racine's letter on Jan. 25 regarding FOX News lying, she quoted Politifact's lie of the year for 2009 and 2010.

I wonder why Politifact's 2012 lie of the year wasn't quoted. This was Mitt Romney's campaign ad on jeeps to be made in China, which turned out to be a true statement. Politifact conceded that the actual wording of the ad was correct but in the organization's opinion, the ad left a false impression.

This causes me to have doubts regarding the accuracy of Politifact's fact checking. True fact checking does not leave room for someone's interpretation of facts, it is to establish if a statement as "written or stated" is true or false.

FOX News may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I find it informative and interesting. I see topics on FOX News that don't get covered on other major news stations. I also get both Republican and Democratic views on political topics.

BARBARA EKSTROM, Kennewick

Editor's note: Judge for yourself whether Politifact got it right. Its commentary on the 2012 lie of the year is available online at tinyurl.com/Lie-2012.

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