Ted Cruz Dunks on PolitiFact as ‘Wholly Owned DNC Subsidiary’; The Protests Are Laughable
On Monday, PolitiFact editor Angie Drobnic Holan wrote an article expressing her frustration that Sen. Ted Cruz would dare to mock her website on Twitter as “a wholly-owned subsidary of the DNC.”
Holan protested: “PolitiFact Texas fact-checked Cruz in March 2018 when he said that O’Rourke wants ‘open borders and wants to take our guns.’ At the time, O’Rourke did not support either goal. On guns, he wanted to forbid the sale of new assault rifles but did not support mandatory gun buyback programs. ”
That might be defensible….but not definitive. The problem with “fact checkers” is they don’t seem to let (ahem, Republican) candidates predict how the (Democrat) opponent will govern once elected. Flip-flops are quite common, like in Beto’s case – although he wasn’t elected, but is now running for president.
Beto’s “conversion” (or strategic re-branding for a national audience) means on one level that Cruz ended up being right all along about the Beto of the future.
Holan protested the DNC insult:
Cruz also inaccurately called PolitiFact a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic National Committee. PolitiFact is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit newsroom that fact-checks Democrats and Republicans alike. PolitiFact Texas is run in partnership with the Austin American-Statesman, a daily newspaper. The same week Cruz called PolitiFact part of the DNC, several Democratic campaigns publicly complained that fact-checkers were giving unfair [read: any] scrutiny to Democratic messaging and candidate comments.
PolitiFact seeks to present true facts, unaffected by agenda or biases. The reason we publish findings is to give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy.