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(WND News Center) – A Who’s Who of conservative leaders have joined a campaign being launched by Brent Bozell, chief of the Media Research Center, and the Free Speech Alliance to blast PolitiFact’s actions as a so-called “fact-checker.”
The group, which includes Jessica Anderson of Heritage Action, commentator Dan Bongino, Floyd Brown of Western Journal, Sen. Jim DeMint of Conservative Partnership Institute, Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness, Bill Donohoe of the Catholic League, Lady Brigitte Gabriel of ACT For America and both Founder Joseph Farah and Managing Editor David Kupelian of WND, has dispatched a letter to Director Baybars Orsek of the International Fact-Checking Network.
The letter requests that PolitiFact be “removed” from the network for “violating IFCN’s Code of Principles.”
Conservative leaders are asking the International Fact-Checking Network remove @PolitiFact over their biased “fact-checking.” https://t.co/IUYXvMQy1i
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) August 25, 2021
The letter was published on the MRC’s Newsbusters site.
The letter charges that “the actions of one of the members of the International Fact-Checking Network” now are under “challenge.”
“In its role as a ‘fact-checker,’ PolitiFact has crossed a bright line, deliberately stifling free speech online and pursuing a blatant, anti-conservative political agenda. Those actions have ominous repercussions and clearly violate IFCN’s Code of Principles,” they explain.
For example, the letter notes, “PolitiFact falsely fact-checked a graphic, posted by the Media Research Center (MRC) showing the COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the United States. The graphic was a copy from the CDC, to which MRC gave clear attribution. In the post containing the graphic, MRC also linked to a blog, which included more information regarding the current threat of COVID-19 in the United States. The blog we linked to provided full context for the information provided in the graphic. PolitiFact flagged the graphic as ‘partly-false,’ and put a ‘FALSE’ stamp over the graphic. Then in its own piece, it said context was missing. Those are three different — and incorrect — allegations all in one piece. This is an egregious, unmerited and overtly biased action against a viewpoint the liberal PolitiFact disagrees with.”
That’s not acceptable for a “fact-checker,” because that means, “PolitiFact has enormous influence on the content that users and organizations are allowed to post on Facebook. PolitiFact is, at its core, a partisan operation. It is deliberately attempting to manipulate the online public conversation by quashing conservative viewpoints on social media.”
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"Much like when LifeSite was removed from YouTube, this comes with little surprise,” noted LifeSiteNews Marketing Director Rebekah Roberts.
"Facebook has been silencing any voice that goes against their beliefs and agenda," continued Roberts. "Our LifeSiteNews Facebook page has been removed simply because we have shared reports of doctors, nurses, expert researchers, and even the former Pfizer VP speaking out against the COVID shots. We’ve also been tagged for the numerous articles we have shared making the connection between the COVID shots, and really all vaccines, and aborted baby cell lines."
"This all comes down to another case of Big Tech silencing free speech on their platform," she added.
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LifeSite has signed on to a Media Research Center (MRC) letter to all 50 state Attorneys General, calling for an investigation into Big Tech.
Google, Facebook, and Twitter have monopolized the industry, and are using their influence to collect user data, suppress content, and silence those who voice ideas and beliefs counter to their own.
As we urged prior, action must be taken to combat these efforts, and that is why we’ve joined the MRC in this fight.
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YouTube just completely removed the LifeSiteNews YouTube channel. This isn’t a ban, every single one of our videos is completely gone. Being completely removed from YouTube means we’ve lost access to 300,000+ followers.
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PETITION UPDATE (1/26/20) -
Twitter has again locked LifeSiteNews out of two of our accounts on the platform for displaying a message noting that President Joe Biden’s newly named Assistant Secretary of Health “Rachel” Levine is a man.
Both accounts displayed a simple message which read: “Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health. ‘Rachel’ Levine is a father of two who divorced his wife in 2013 after 30 years of marriage.” The tweets also included a link to LifeSite’s article Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health, and contained part of the opening sentence of that article, “Joe Biden has announced his intention to appoint a gender-confused man” as Assistant Secretary of Health.
For stating biological or Biblical truths, Twitter and Big Tech are trying to shut down conservative voices.
Therefore, it is now more important than ever to consider dumping Twitter, Google (who own YouTube) and Facebook. To be clear: LifeSite is still using Twitter and Big Tech to encourage others to migrate away from these illiberal platforms.
This is not the first time that LifeSiteNews has been censored by Twitter. In December 2019, Twitter indefinitely suspended our account for a tweet that linked to an article on transgender activist Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv.
At the time, Twitter gave LifeSite the option to delete the tweet and reactivate our account right away. LifeSite remained steadfast that the tweet did not violate any of the company’s “rules and policies,” and sought several appeals with Twitter, while looking into legal action against the company.
And, while LifeSite's account was eventually restored, we must now consider what course of action we will pursue in this case, over and above appealing the ban.
Meanwhile, since taking office on Wednesday last week, Joe Biden has already signed an executive order which will force women’s athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to be open to men. He has also turned back the Trump administration’s policy protecting women’s sports programs in schools.
Last week, LifeSite was banned for two weeks from our YouTube channel, after the site determined that one of our videos about vaccines violated YouTube’s “community guidelines.” We are also in the middle of appealing this ban.
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We, here, at LifeSite, also recently had our Twitter account suspended by the company over "misgendering" a man who claims to be a woman.
LifeSite has also experienced a fall-off in Google search-related traffic since the company updated its search algorithms at the beginning of May.
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The signers demand that IFCN remove PolitiFact from its list of approved fact-checkers and further, that Facebook do the same.
“This is long overdue,” the letter said.
That’s because, it explains in detail:
- “In July of 2021, PolitiFact tagged as FALSE that: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ‘distrusted COVID-19 vaccines’ in 2020. PolitiFact’s aggressive defense of Biden and Harris was exposed recently when PolitiFact tagged as ‘False’ a Tik-Tok video that ‘Says Joe Biden and Kamala Harris distrusted COVID-19 vaccines.’ In fact, both President Biden and Vice President Harris did voice their distrust of the COVID-19 vaccine.”
- “PolitiFact has failed to create a page for Jen Psaki, Joe Biden’s press secretary. It blatantly refuses to fact-check her, even when she outrageously suggested that her political opponents favored defunding the police.”
- “PolitiFact dealt a ‘Pants on Fire’ determination for Tucker Carlson for a guest interview in September stating that COVID-19 came from a Wuhan lab and was released with malicious intent. It retracted this designation in May 2021, long after the election.”
- “PolitiFact gave former Georgia Senator David Perdue a ‘Pants on Fire’ rating for characterizing Jon Ossoff as a ‘socialist,’ but failed to give a ‘Pants on Fire’ to President Biden for labeling voting integrity laws ‘Jim Crow’.”
- “PolitiFact gave Josh Holmes, the former chief of staff for Sen. Mitch McConnell, a ‘Mostly False’ label when he correctly stated that ‘A Georgia law has not ‘criminalized giving people bottles of water.’ It pertains to political organizations’.”
- “In March, PolitiFact stated that former Vice President Mike Pence was ‘False’ concerning two statements on election integrity, but at that point had not evaluated current Vice President Kamala Harris’s statements since September.”
The letter warns that PolitiFact “is not an unbiased legitimate fact-checker. Especially, according to IFCN’s ‘Code of Principles.’”
Those, in detail, include commitments to nonpartisanship and fairness, transparency of sources, transparency of funding & organization, commitment to transparency of methodology and commitment to open & honest corrections.
Pointing out that the federal government, at the same time, is making a “huge push” to censor online content that it contends is “disinformation,” PolitiFact’s actions when joined with the feds’ “Orwellian behavior” poses “an existential threat to our free and open society,” the letter said.
Other signers included James Allen of SpeechMovement,org, Saul Anuzis of 60 Plus Association, Guillermo Aragon of Corbere Partners, Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation, Brian S. Brown of International Organization for the Family, Joseph Chalfant of Lone Conservative, Lourdes Cosio of Campaign for the American Future, Seth Dillon of Babylon Bee, Steve Ertelt of LifeNews.com, Becky Gerritson of Eagle Forum of Alabama, Paul Gessing of Rio Grande Foundation, Kay Coles James of Heritage Foundation, Raheem Kassam of Human Events, and nearly two dozen more.
Reprinted with permission from the WND News Center