PolitiFact has yet to fact check Psaki
Well over 100 days since President Biden has taken office, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has yet to be fact-checked by Politifact’s “Truth Meter.” But, when former President Trump was in office, then Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had her own page on their site. The former spokeswoman was even fact-checked as recently as 2020, long after she left her post.
The Media Research Center brought attention to this disparity in a tweet Tuesday. Politifact wrote several articles during Huckabee Sander’s two-year tenure, but none yet for Psaki. “If they were truly unbiased,” the MRC wrote in a tweet, “Politifact would have a fact-check page for Biden’s Press Secretary [Jen Psaki].”
In an article published Monday, Bill D’Agostino accused fact checkers like Politifact of “selection bias.”
“Fact checkers are just as susceptible to bias and narrative-pushing as any other class of journalist,” D’Agostino wrote. He also cited a study by the MRC that found Politifact was eight times more likely to fact check someone criticizing Biden than Biden himself.
Politifact did not respond to this reporter’s request for comment.
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