If you follow politics fairly regularly, you’ve probably heard of the fact-checking website Politifact. While not always perfect, I would say they’re pretty fair in their findings. Though I will say that sometimes they’re too literal in their conclusions. By that I mean I’ve seen them rate statements as “True” or “False,” simply based on technicalities of the comment that they were researching.
But that’s not really a big deal. For the most part they do great work.
Well, it seems Texas Senator Ted Cruz isn’t a fan. Shocking, I know.
While Cruz was discussing the broken promise made by President Obama when he told Americans that they would be able to keep their old health insurance plan (which was “only” true for 95% of Americans), he said:
“There’s a reason PolitiFact — an institution of which I am not a fan — but there is a reason PolitiFact rated that statement the Lie of the Year.”
First, let me point out the irony of Cruz using a site of which he says he’s not a fan – to try to make a point.
But there’s a good reason why Cruz might not be Politifact’s biggest fan – because he lies constantly. Typically I wouldn’t expect serial liars to be the biggest fans of fact-checking organizations.
In fact, Ted Cruz has an absolutely abysmal record on Politifact for telling the truth. Out of the 36 comments they’ve fact-checked on Cruz, an astonishing 67 percent of them have been rated as “Mostly False” all the way down to “Pants on Fire.” And out of all 36 of those comments, only one has been rated as “True.” That lone statement was one he made where he was trying to fear-monger about government regulations being so bad that they regulate toilet seats. I guess he feels that businesses shouldn’t be required to offer restroom facilities that are equipped to accommodate people with disabilities.
Yes, the only 100% true statement Ted Cruz has made out of the 36 that have been fact-checked by Politifact was about toilet seats.
Even if you go to his five “Mostly True” statements, three of them go all the way back to his campaign against fellow Republican David Dewhurst when he was attempting to secure the GOP nomination in 2011.
So if you take those out, Politifact has found that he’s only made three “True” or “Mostly True” statements since he’s become a United States senator, out of all of those that they’ve fact-checked.
The rest have been rated as “Half True” or worse.
So it shouldn’t be at all shocking that Ted Cruz isn’t a fan of Politifact. Because I don’t think anyone would expect a serial liar to be a fan of a fact-checking website that’s constantly exposing their lies.