PolitiFact goes to the dogs

posted at 2:01 pm on April 21, 2012 by Karl

PolitiFact, supposedly devoted to helping you find the truth in politics, addressed the story about Barack Obama eating a dog, quoting from his book, Dreams from My Father:

With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chili peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy).

Although the heart of PolitiFact is the Truth-O-Meter, which they use to rate factual claims. author Louis Jacobson assigned no rating to the seemingly straightforward question of whether Obama ate dog.

In an age of social media, PolitiFact heard complaints via Twitter. Their first response: “We’re not suggesting Obama disputes he ate dog meat in Indonesia. He doesn’t, that we’ve seen. We’re just publishing what he wrote about it.” It would be more accurate to call this a non-response, as it avoids the question of why there is no Truth-O-Meter rating for the claim, as opposed to putting the claim “in context.”

PolitiFact tried again: “Other subjects of “In Context” — Ted Nugent, Hilary Rosen, [and] Rick Santorum.” However, Nugent’s comment was a vague statement about the future, which is not susceptible to fact-checking. Likewise, Santorum’s comments about Satan’s agenda seem faith-based (unless PolitiFact is suggesting they have some way of checking in with the Prince of Darkness). And PolitiFact’s refusal to rate Hilary Rosen’s comment that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life” merely helped Rosen (and by extension, Democrats generally) wriggle away from the controversy over what is seen as a widespread attitude among the Left toward stay-at-home moms.

More significantly, PolitiFact’s responses ignore their much more relevant track record in this particular area. For example, PolitiFact rated the story about the Romneys transporting the family dog on the roof of their car as “Mostly True.” And PolitiFact rated the story about former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee frying squirrels in a popcorn popper simply “True.”

Thus, it is apparent when it comes to stories about Republican presidential candidates eating unusual animals or arguably stressing a dog, PolitiFact has its Truth-O-Meter at the ready. When a Democrat president’s book contains the admission he ate dog, PolitiFact cannot find its Truth-O-Meter. When Obama is the subject, PolitiFact’ s “heart” simply disappears, even when the problem is made apparent to them by public complaint.

That this supposed Ministry of Truth is biased is not exactly news. A prior study by the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs found PolitiFact harbored a large bias against Republicans. But their double-standard is usually not so obvious and easily exposed.

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Meters have to be carefully calibrated. Everyone knows that. It’s only fair.

a capella on April 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Politiopinion.

Obama ate dog. Deal with it.

thebrokenrattle on April 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM

He’s eating the country!

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Oh lookie lookie

When Free Beacon reporter C.J. Ciaramella requested information from the Department of Justice, he was sent a reply containing a reference to a Media Matters story about the issue in question. Apparently, the Obama Administration now considers the left-wing organization to be a standard when searching for answers.

DOJ referring reporters to Media Matters

burrata on April 21, 2012 at 2:05 PM

But their double-standard is usually not so obvious and easily exposed.

As he tanks in the polls, watch as other media outlets go full retard in favor of 0bama.

Heck, even here at Hot Air, Moby’s are revealing themselves at a record pace, and look how long it is until the election.

Panic in the progressive ranks, it’s palpable.

Rebar on April 21, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I know it’s …ruff but Obama ate dog.

NeoKong on April 21, 2012 at 2:06 PM

As he tanks in the polls, watch as other media outlets go full retard in favor of 0bama.

Heck, even here at Hot Air, Moby’s are revealing themselves at a record pace, and look how long it is until the election.

Rebar on April 21, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Yeah, that was weird. However, their attacks on Breitbart were untenable.

Blake on April 21, 2012 at 2:10 PM

When a rumor is ‘floated’ on anyone conservative…it is a fact!
When a lefty admits to something…you have to have pictures and video…and they’ll still claim they were photo-shopped or just go out of their way to ignore it!
Oh!…Look!…A Squirrel!

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2012 at 2:12 PM

What is this ‘PolitiFact’ that you speak of…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Politifact can spin it however they want but if I’m a dog I’d rather be on Romney’s car than Obama’s plate.

tommyboy on April 21, 2012 at 2:17 PM

That picture needs to go on every Obama story from now until November.

RINO in Name Only on April 21, 2012 at 2:17 PM

But their double-standard is usually not so obvious and easily exposed.

As he tanks in the polls, watch as other media outlets go full retard in favor of 0bama.

Heck, even here at Hot Air, Moby’s are revealing themselves at a record pace, and look how long it is until the election.

Panic in the progressive ranks, it’s palpable.

Rebar on April 21, 2012 at 2:06 PM

…and how long ago were the open regs?
Notice ‘new’ posters…. popping up?

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM

. But their double-standard is usually not so obvious and easily exposed.

LMFAO…..Says who?

Tim_CA on April 21, 2012 at 2:22 PM

The dog ate their Truth-O-Meter and Obama ate…

cartooner on April 21, 2012 at 2:22 PM

wild: joy behar can admit it, but the washpo can’t!?!?

reliapundit on April 21, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Huckabee fried squirrels in a popcorn popper??? I hadn’t heard that one. Maybe his daughter Ellie-Mae requested the dish. ;-)

KS Rex on April 21, 2012 at 2:26 PM

if I’m a dog I’d rather be on Romney’s car than Obama’s plate.

tommyboy on April 21, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Sorry but I just copyrighted that and have 1000+ orders already at 5 bucks a pop for bumper stickers.

/

That should be a bumper sticker.

CW on April 21, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Yummy, yummy, yummy I got

love

Fido in my tummy

CW on April 21, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I thought this one was funny.

http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/287/853/5d2.jpg

El_Terrible on April 21, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Does politi-democrat know that by COVERING UP for the president in this matter, and being called out on it, and trying to lie some more, and being called out on that, and then trying to lie some more, and being called out on that, that they are keeping the TRUE story that Barack Hussein Obama eats dog meat alive?

Shhhhh. Don’t tell them. Let them continue “helping” Barack.

Rational Thought on April 21, 2012 at 2:31 PM

BTW LOVE the photo….digging in to a nice bowl of hot terrieryaki.

Tim_CA on April 21, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Thus, it is apparent when it comes to stories about Republican presidential candidates eating unusual animals or arguably stressing a dog, PolitiFact has its Truth-O-Meter at the ready. When a Democrat president’s book contains the admission he ate dog, PolitiFact cannot find its Truth-O-Meter. When Obama is the subject, PolitiFact’ s “heart” simply disappears, even when the problem is made apparent to them by public complaint.

Credibility? They have none left. You know, I used to really stress about bias like this – but in the past couple of years they’ve become so ridiculous, nobody takes sites like factcheck.org and PolitiFact seriously anymore.

Libs used to frequently reference these places to back up their stories, but thanks to sites like Hot Air, Newsbusters, etc., these sites have been exposed for the frauds they are.

TarheelBen on April 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Someone should tell the rube in the photo that napkins go on the lap not tucked into your collar.

RickB on April 21, 2012 at 2:48 PM

PolitiFact rated the story about the Romneys transporting the family dog on the roof of their car …”

What does Øbama call Romney’s dog on the roof of the car? Fast food.

And PolitiFact rated the story about former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee frying squirrels …

Huck fries squirrels. Øbama woks dogs.

Dinner.

petefrt on April 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

How much does soros, the reincarnation of the worst of the Third Reich and d-cRAT socialist BILLIONAIRE sugar-daddy, and his Media Matters leftist propaganda outfit pay PolitiFact?

TeaPartyNation on April 21, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Everybody not voting for Obama, raise your right paw and say, “Woof”!

kingsjester on April 21, 2012 at 2:54 PM

and roasted grasshopper (crunchy).

In Aesop’s fable The Ant and the Grasshopper, the ant worked all day and the lazy grasshopper did nothing.

So if Obama took on the powers of whatever he ate I guess that explains a lot.

redridinghood on April 21, 2012 at 2:54 PM

digging in to a nice bowl of hot terrieryaki.

Tim_CA on April 21, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Goes good with Yorkshire Terrier Pudding.

petefrt on April 21, 2012 at 2:55 PM

digging in to a nice bowl of hot terrieryaki.

Tim_CA on April 21, 2012 at 2:40 PM

but he grew up poor eating Ramen Cup o’poodles for lunch

burrata on April 21, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Jon Stewart asked Nancy Pelosi why she didn’t pass a budget when she was the speaker and she said Republicans would have filibustered it. I sent Politifact an email and they brushed it off replying that she was probably referring to the Senate.

Wigglesworth on April 21, 2012 at 3:00 PM

So, “In Context” Obama ate dog.

That could also be said, “Obama ate dog = True”

Now, that wasn’t so (tough), was it?

Fallon on April 21, 2012 at 3:01 PM

How do you say fried dog in ‘Austrian’? Weiner Schnauzer?

Wigglesworth on April 21, 2012 at 3:01 PM

When the Obamas have guests, do they “put on the dog”?

kingsjester on April 21, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I rate that… POODLES ON FIRE!!!!

faraway on April 21, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I think Obama should make a statement that he tasted dog meat, but never swallowed it. he he

Wigglesworth on April 21, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Hall and Oates ‘Dogeater’

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d53_1335028601

Wigglesworth on April 21, 2012 at 3:10 PM

More like politifarce……….

angrymike on April 21, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Ask any six year old in the United States (that is the age Obama left the U.S. to live in Indonesia) if they would eat a dog. In fact, here’s an idea for “kids say the darndest things,” ask a six year old if they would eat a dog and videotape their response.

Fallon on April 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM

When Obama asks, “How much is that doggie in the window”, he’s ordering take-out.

kingsjester on April 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

But their double-standard is usually not so obvious and easily exposed.

I was bored yesterday so I went through the Politifact campaign promise meter and counted, 23 of the first 25 in the ‘Obama promises stalled” category as actually “promises failed.” For House Republicans, 10 of the 19 in either “stalled” or “in the works” were actually promises kept.

MFn G I M P on April 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

It’s not the first time I’ve said this…

Politicrap….

Dog$hit for the computer age….

BigWyo on April 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Pray for Bo!

dom89031 on April 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Ask any six year old in the United States (that is the age Obama left the U.S. to live in Indonesia) if they would eat a dog.

Fallon on April 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I’m sure Barry Dunham Obama Soerbarakh Sotero Hussein Whatever
was not rised as a traditional American kid with traditional American values.

He was raised by an America hating muslim mom and a series of hardcore marxist substitute dads .
He had no chance of ever becoming a patriotic American

burrata on April 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Bill Clinton: “Obama did not have masticatory relations with that dog!”

Pork-Chop on April 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM

For now on anytime these progs start quoting politifact, conservatives need to push the liberal meme.

rubberneck on April 21, 2012 at 3:27 PM

If Øbama had a dog, it would look like lunch.

If I had a dog, it would look like the dog Øbama ate.

petefrt on April 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM

He was raised by an America hating muslim atheist mom and a series of hardcore marxist and softcore muslim substitute dads.

He had no chance of ever becoming a patriotic American

burrata on April 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

FIFY

From Politifact’s excerpt:

In the backyard, we found what seemed like a small zoo: chickens and ducks running every which way, a big yellow dog with a baleful howl, two birds of paradise, a white cockatoo, and finally two baby crocodiles, half submerged in a fenced-off pond near the edge of the compound

Ruh oh!

Fallon on April 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Did he N0bama serve German Shepard’s pie to Angela Merkel???

Sasha List on April 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM

New York Times headlines from RightHandedCartoons:

Øbama explains his dog-eating past: “I only ate dogs that were a threat to the poor and disenfranchised.”

Axelrod: “Dog was inherited from Bush.”

Wasserman-Schultz: “Bitch jokes unfunny.”

petefrt on April 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I wanted to see if Snopes had anything to say about this yet. Can’t find that but did find a wiki page for Seamus the dog with no mention of the dog-eater-in-chief’s crime against canines. As far as I can tell, the most recent reference is to the Diane Sawyer interview with Mitt and Ann….

Buy Danish on April 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM

That should be a bumper sticker.

CW on April 21, 2012 at 2:27 PM

“Better in a crate, than on a plate.”

And PolitiFact couldn’t find their “Truth O Meter” with both hands and a flashlight. What a useless site.

di butler on April 21, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Moochelle: “I said walk the dog.

petefrt on April 21, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Pictures of the Day: Man-Child Eats Dog

With many more new ones.

Resist We Much on April 21, 2012 at 4:01 PM

The tale that wagged the dog?

Found in the Whitehouse fridge: One container marked, “Leftovers, dog food” and another marked, “Leftover dog, food.”

Watch the comma!

StubbleSpark on April 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM

In Obama Whitehouse, Japanese prime minister pukes on you!

Ay, what a country!

StubbleSpark on April 21, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Perhaps consuming dog meat causes some bovine spongiform encephalopathy -like brain rot. It would explain some things.

Kenosha Kid on April 21, 2012 at 4:07 PM

0bama: I love faith.

0bama: I love dogs.

Now I get it!

StubbleSpark on April 21, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Bag the dog.

To go!

StubbleSpark on April 21, 2012 at 4:09 PM

And the moral of the story is, Obama is a Puppy Muncher.

/Geeze oh Petes, what’s so hard to understand? The man likes to eat puppehs.

Key West Reader on April 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Jon Stewart asked Nancy Pelosi why she didn’t pass a budget when she was the speaker and she said Republicans would have filibustered it. I sent Politifact an email and they brushed it off replying that she was probably referring to the Senate.

Wigglesworth on April 21, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Bah! The senate can’t filibuster a budget either. They are hacks for sure.

TarheelBen on April 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Seen in the White House kitchen: Homemade recipe titled “Bo-B-Cue Sauce”

I have been holding these in all week!

StubbleSpark on April 21, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I never trusted Politifact, but I think the point at which they completely blew their credibility was in naming Palin’s “death panels” metaphor their “Lie of the Year” simply because the words “death panels” didn’t literally appear in the Obamacare law.

VidOmnia on April 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Perhaps consuming dog meat causes some bovine spongiform encephalopathy -like brain rot. It would explain some things.

Kenosha Kid on April 21, 2012 at 4:07 PM

You mean like this? There are 4 spongiforms in his chin

Can you spot the spongiforms?

Key West Reader on April 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Les Chiens Aux Folles?

Les Chiens Aux Hommes?

StubbleSpark on April 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Can you spot the spongiforms?

Key West Reader on April 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

That’s no spongiform, that’s my veep!

StubbleSpark on April 21, 2012 at 4:19 PM

You mean like this? There are 4 spongiforms in his chin

Can you spot the spongiforms?

Key West Reader on April 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

So Biden eats teh puppehs too?!?

Kenosha Kid on April 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Prince Precious must not be mocked!!!

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 21, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Resist We Much on April 21, 2012 at 4:01 PM<<

OMG- I haven’t laughed so hard in ages!!! Absolutely hilarious.

wolverinefan on April 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Panic in the progressive ranks, it’s palpable.

Rebar on April 21, 2012 at 2:06 PM

…and how long ago were the open regs?
Notice ‘new’ posters…. popping up?

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Those are Troll Sleeper Cells.

Del Dolemonte on April 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Terrific graphic at The Daily Caller: Americans Don’t Eat Dog

The dog-eating meme will haunt Øbama throughout his campaign. It will persist because it resonates with the deep-seated suspicion of so many Americans that Øbama, essentially speaking, is not American. The essence of Øbama is the foreign, anti-Western outsider.

Dog-Eating and Obama’s Identity By David Goldman at PJMedia, Spengler:

America is not the embodiment of hope, but the abandonment of one kind of hope in return for another. America is the spirit of creative destruction, selecting immigrants willing to turn their back on the tragedy of their own failing culture in return for a new start. Its creative success is so enormous that its global influence hastens the decline of other cultures. For those on the destruction side of the trade, America is a monster. Between half and nine-tenths of the world’s 6,700 spoken languages will become extinct in the next century, and the anguish of dying peoples rises up in a global cry of despair. Some of those who listen to this cry become anthropologists, the curators of soon-to-be extinct cultures; anthropologists who really identify with their subjects marry them. Obama’s mother, the University of Hawaii anthropologist Ann Dunham, did so twice.

Obama profiles Americans the way anthropologists interact with primitive peoples. He holds his own view in reserve and emphatically draws out the feelings of others; that is how friends and colleagues describe his modus operandi since his days at the Harvard Law Review, through his years as a community activist in Chicago, and in national politics. Anthropologists, though, proceed from resentment against the devouring culture of America and sympathy with the endangered cultures of the primitive world. Obama inverts the anthropological model: he applies the tools of cultural manipulation out of resentment against America. The … president of the United States is a mother’s revenge against the America she despised.

It really isn’t unfair at all to bring Obama’s canine consumption to public attention. The president isn’t really one of us. He’s a dog-eater. He tells the story in his memoir to emphasize that viscerally, Obama identifies with the Third World of his upbringing more than with the America of his adulthood. It is our great misfortune to have a president who dislikes our country at this juncture in our history. [emphasis added]

petefrt on April 21, 2012 at 4:50 PM

You mean like this? There are 4 spongiforms in his chin

Can you spot the spongiforms?

Key West Reader on April 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

So Biden eats teh puppehs too?!?

Kenosha Kid on April 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I don’t know. All I can say is he’s got lumps all over his face.. Maybe that’s where all of his marbles went.

Key West Reader on April 21, 2012 at 4:50 PM

By eating that dog, he has saved billions of dollars in the taxpayer money that would have to have been spent to care for it as well as shrink the carbon footprint of the canine’s owner.

StubbleSpark on April 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

More importantly, the Destroyer-in-Chief is “eating” the coal industry, the coal-fired electricity generation facilities (roughly half of our nation’s supply of electric power), the oil production and related industries, and in general, our economy and any chance for its future growth and stability.

He is “eating” our children and grand-children’s futures with his unprecedented spending and debt creation.

Politifact is a joke. They should not be given an ounce of credibility; they are an agenda-driven entity of the same persuasion as Media Matters et al; only not as blatantly obvious.

hillbillyjim on April 21, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I bet the next dog the Obama’s get will be a Chow Chow.

inspectorudy on April 21, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Fallon on April 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

According to the fable of the life and times of Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers,
Bammy-Mommy married 3rd world non-US citizen muslims , exclusively.
There is no way she did not convert to islam, the first time she married a muslim.
No way.
She had to, to get the marriage accepted by the husbands’ families .
Barack Obama SR gave his last name, Sotero adopted him, he took the the religion of his dad.
Every muslim knows that to be the fact.

burrata on April 21, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Those are Troll Sleeper Cells.

Del Dolemonte on April 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Some are, to be sure, some are like ellifant. Painfully shy.

Bmore on April 21, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I think I’d like riding the luggage rack on a car trip, if the authorities would let me.
Beats driving, huh?

papertiger on April 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM

I’m willing to bet money that some Mexicans are riding the luggage right now, down near Visalia.

papertiger on April 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Politifiction was a brainchild of the commies of the St. Pete Times Pravda- to filter and massage jugears lies- very carefully biased and parses liberal BS propaganda so the un- assuming and clueless will not think badly of the incompetent fraud in the WH.

And their news coverage of Fast and Furious ?—- Move along people, theres nothing to see here.

The St. Pete Times is the epitome of the SCUM- So Called Unbiased Media.

FlaMurph on April 21, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Obama throws a baseball like a wussy — FACT.
Biden cheated in college — FACT.
Pelosi’s an idiot — FACT.
Who needs Politifact? — FACT.

racquetballer on April 22, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Since Bill Ayers wrote the book, I’m not sure that you can conclusively say Obama ate dog. I think Politifact should reopen the investigation.

The Count on April 22, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Politifact is nothing but a bunch of J-Tards at the Tampa Bay Times. It should be accorded all the respect any other group of J-Tards, in the year 2012, are accorded. Nothing more, nothing less.

MNHawk on April 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Before Polifacts decides to become Obama’s lapdog, it needs to remember what Obama does with dogs.

They might find themselves on the roof of his mouth, rather than simply under the bus, when they become inconvenient to The Won.

No Truce With Kings on April 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM

PolitiFact Editorial Board: Yellow Dog Democrats Dogging Story about Pres-Eats-Dog

<whazzup Hawk! Up early?)

BigAlSouth on September 9, 2012 at 7:07 AM