PolitiFact will get very defensive when Republicans assault the Biden administration. On Monday, PolitiFact’s Jon Greenberg gave Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) a “False” for an October 5 tweet about Lawyer Common Merrick Garland’s controversial orders to research dad and mom as potential violent criminals.
The headline was “Rick Scott wrongly warns FBI coming after loud dad and mom at college board conferences.”
Joe Biden’s lawyer basic desires the @FBI to go after dad and mom for talking out at college board conferences to guard youngsters from radical curriculum like vital race idea.
Biden’s disgusting socialist agenda should finish. We received’t let him intimidate & silence dad and mom.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) October 5, 2021
This was the quickie model of the verify:
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Lawyer Common Merrick Garland directed Justice Division companies to carry conferences nationwide on legal threats towards faculty personnel.
Masks mandates and racial points have drawn a whole bunch of indignant dad and mom to high school board conferences coast to coast.
Garland’s instructions say “spirited debate” is protected.
Greenberg quoted from Garland’s memo….however by no means imagined whether or not he ought to verify the liberal argument, if there has in actual fact been a “disturbing spike” in threats or violence at college directors. Does anybody have a rely?
“In current months, there was a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence towards faculty directors, board members, lecturers, and workers who take part within the very important work of operating our nation’s public colleges,” Garland wrote Oct. 4. “Whereas spirited debate about coverage issues is protected beneath our Structure, that safety doesn’t prolong to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate people based mostly on their views.”
The one observe of steadiness on this piece is legislation professor Eugene Volokh arguing “Garland talked about harassment and intimidation. If he had stopped with legal threats, we’d agree. However I’ve seen the phrases ‘harassment’ and ‘intimidation’ used very broadly. I can see somebody at a gathering worrying that in the event that they rise up too usually, or they are saying an excessive amount of, they could be charged.”
Greenberg appears to be following Senator Scott’s remarks extra-closely. Simply two weeks earlier than, Greenberg additionally slammed him as “Mostly False” for insisting Democrats ought to elevate the debt restrict by themselves since “Democrats are liable for the huge spending and debt development.” He even made a video for PolitiFact:
Greenberg has pounced on Scott seven instances this 12 months — all of them “Largely False” or “False.” Overall, in 2021, Jon Greenberg has 28 truth checks on Republican politicians or entities, and simply seven on all Democrats. 4 of these had been on President Biden. Greenberg’s two truth checks on Senate Democrats (Tim Kaine and Sherrod Brown) had been each rated “True.”
Let’s guess it’s because Scott is from Florida, and PolitiFact is a venture of the Poynter Institute in Florida. However Scott defeated Democrat Sen. Invoice Nelson, and Nelson has only 30 fact checks. Absolutely half of these had been “True” or “Largely True,” and solely six had been “Largely False” or “False.”
In June, I reported that 33 of the 50 Senate Democrats had fewer than 10 fact checks.
Lawyer Common Merrick Garland has zero truth checks from PolitiFact, ever. 4 years in the past, Lawyer Common Jeff Sessions already had eight PolitiFact checks at this level in his tenure, and had 16 throughout his time at Justice — and ten had been “Largely False” or “False.”
There have been three truth checks about Jeff Periods — all on Democrats, all three of them “True”.