Politifact is easily one of my favorite sites to visit at least a couple of times a day to check out what new claims or information they’ve recently investigated. While I’ve had many conservatives claim that the site is nothing but “another part of the liberal media,” I’ve actually found them to be pretty fair and non-partisan. In almost all of their investigations they offer a detailed explanation for the processes they used to gather their information, the sources they used to do their research, and a detailed explanation as to why they gave whatever it was that they were investigating the rating that it ultimately received (True/Mostly True/Half True/Mostly False/False/Pants on Fire).
Yesterday I headed on over to see what new investigations they had posted, only to see a claim made by Rush Limbaugh rated as “Mostly False.” Then it just struck me; I couldn’t recall a time that I’ve ever seen them rate something Limbaugh had said where they determined he was actually being honest. So I decided to check out his full profile.
And – wow.
For starters, he’s the first person I’ve seen who has had at least a couple dozen quotes fact-checked, but still has a zero percent rating under “True.” They’ve investigated 30 statements made by the popular conservative radio host and literally none of them have been rated as 100 percent true.
In fact, only 7 percent (2 of the 30) were even rated as “Mostly True.”
But the astonishing numbers are found when you get to the Mostly False/False/Pants on Fire sections where 84 percent of Limbaugh’s comments fall into these three categories for dishonesty.
It’s no wonder Limbaugh was recently rated as the least trustworthy member of the media a few months back.
And it’s not as if he’s some no-name blogger who pushes ridiculous nonsense for cheap hits and page views. Limbaugh is seen as one of the leading members of the conservative media and someone from whom many Republicans rely on to get information.
Seeing an utterly embarrassing record such as Limbaugh’s, it becomes painstakingly clear why so many Republicans are so grossly misinformed about even basic information in this country. It’s impossible to expect them to know legitimate facts when their side is not only blatantly misinforming them, but also doing just about everything they possibly can to make conservative voters distrust any media source that isn’t “right-wing approved.” It really is quite a system they’ve setup for themselves. People like Limbaugh blatantly lie about damn near everything, then proceed to perpetuate the idea that anyone who debunks those lies is “part of the liberal media” so they’re not to be trusted.
Sadly, it’s worked.
Republicans generally only get their information from conservative entities and basically any time you present them with some kind of factual evidence debunking the nonsense they’re being fed by the right-wing media, they’ll simply dismiss it as “all part of the liberal conspiracy against the truth.”
Though as many of us on the left like to say, it’s amazing how the truth always seems to have a liberal bias.