Media Bias

This election year has shown without a doubt how biased mass media is. No matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on, you have to admit that one side is favored over the  other. This isn`t a subtle bias either, even the stupidest of viewer can easily see it. And yes, the “fact checkers” are in on it as well. The level of bias in mass media can be described as no less then deplorable.

Something Odd Emerges When Fact Checking The “Fact Checkers”

“…for Politifact, apparently even the facts are subjective and based on party affiliation.  Take the following example:

On July 6, 2015, Bernie Sanders made the following comment about Black youth unemployment in the United States:

“For young people who have graduated high school or dropped out of high school, who are between the ages of 17 and 20, if they happen to be white, the unemployment rate is 33 percent.  If they are Hispanic, the unemployment rate is 36 percent. If they are African-American, the real unemployment rate for young people is 51 percent.”

Shortly after that comment was made, Politifact decided to “fact check” Bernie’s assertion that black youth unemployment was sky high and found that it was “Mostly True.”

The problem is that when Donald Trump made a similar assertion at a rally on June 11, 2016, Politifact’s “fact checking” analysis had a slightly different conclusion.  Here is what Trump said:

“If you look at what’s going on in this country, African-American youth is an example: 59 percent unemployment rate; 59 percent.”

But this time around Politifact claimed that “Trump exaggerates” the level of black youth unemployment through a “misleading use of statistics.”  Politifact concludes that Trumps comments are therefore “Mostly False.””

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