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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Florida has introduced a new bill to combat the woke culture of teaching “critical race theory” or CRT. The bill aims to avoid making people “discomfort” when being taught CRT by banning it from public schools and private businesses.
On January 18, it passed the state Senate Committee on Education with six ‘yeas’ and three ‘nays.’ It now moves to debate among state senators. The bill states individuals shouldn’t be made to “feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race, color sex, or national origin.”
Additionally, the bill states educators and businesses cannot teach that “one race, religion, ethnicity, or sex is inherently superior to another race, religion, ethnicity or sex; an individual, by virtue, the individual’s race, religion, ethnicity, or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive whether consciously or unconsciously.”
In June of 2021, Florida’s state Board of education banned CRT from public school classrooms for the purpose of guarding children against lessons that could “distort historical events.” Governor Ron DeSantis supported the measure in front of state senators in Wildwood, Florida in December of 2021, saying:
“Nobody wants this crap, OK? This is an elite-driven phenomenon being driven by bureaucratic elites, elites in universities and elites in corporate America and they’re trying to shove it down the throats of the American people. You’re not doing that in the state of Florida.”
Naturally in politics, there are plenty of those who are against the idea. “Students deserve the best education we can provide, and that means giving them a true picture of their world and our shared history as Americans. Hiding facts doesn’t change them” said Florida Education Association (FEA) President Andrew Spar in a statement to ABC News. “Give kids the whole truth and equip them to make up their own minds and think for themselves.”
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