Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Factchecking the Factcheckers

Hawaii Reporter: Factcheck And Brady Campaign Share Same Sugar Daddy, the Annenberg Foundation It seems Factcheck.org isn't completely free from bias. Since they get their funding from a biased source, this isn't too surprising.

Factcheck had an issue with some NRA statments about the Obamamessiah. The "research" done by Factcheck.org amounted to parroting campaign literature and using the Brady Bunch as a source. (No bias there!) The trouble is, their facts are wrong, and the NRA is right.
There's another possible explanation behind FactCheck's positions. Just last year, FactCheck's primary funding source, the Annenberg Foundation, also gave $50,000 to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence for "efforts to reduce gun violence by educating the public and by enacting and enforcing regulations governing the gun industry." Annenberg made a similar grant for $100,000 in 2005. (source)

Regardless of the cause, it's clear that while FactCheck swoons over a politician's rhetoric, NRA prefers to look at the more mundane details - like how that politician voted on a bill and what kind of impact that legislation had or may have had on law-abiding gun owners.
Who are you going to believe?

The Hawaii Reporter has the details on what the NRA got right, and what the Brady Bunch/Factcheck.org/Annenberg got wrong - or just plain lied about. Go take a look.

Who guards the guards? A free press sure helps.

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