Nearly 100% of “fact-checkers,” who deem themselves neutral and politically balanced, have donated solely to Democratic candidates.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, 99.5% of fact-checkers’ political donations are directed at Democratic candidates or liberal organizations despite them claiming that their “fact-checking” is unbiased and impartial. The outlet reported that of $22,683 donated by self-identified fact checkers over the past four election cycles, $22,580 went towards Democrats.
“Only three of the fact checker donations made during that period went to Republicans,” the Washington Free Beacon explained.
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The findings concern journalists claiming to be unbiased and neutral in their writings. Fact-checkers for the New York Times and Reuters have donated to President Joe Biden, while others contributed to Progressive Takeover, a group “dedicated to mobilizing the Democratic Party.”
Despite such a revelation, the New York Times and Reuters claim that their fact-checkers are impartial to either political party. The New York Times holds a left-leaning bias score, while Reuters is “moderate,” but closer to the left than the right.
The findings also suggest that the self-identified fact-checkers contributed 10 times more funds to Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) than all Republican politicians combined.
Since the 2016 presidential election, left-leaning outlets have supported the idea of fact-checkers because former President Donald Trump and other Republicans allegedly “lie.” Yet, how many times have fact-checkers been completely wrong when in fact Republicans were ultimately proven right?
From the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic to Hunter Biden’s laptop story, Republicans were right, and the fact-checkers were wrong. Given the information provided by the Washington Free Beacon, it seems interesting how fact-checkers’ mistaken rulings always follow the same direction, that of their political donations.
Even when fact-checkers can’t disprove a claim made by outlets such as the Washington Free Beacon, they still issue negative rulings.
For example, when the Washington Free Beacon reported that the Biden administration sold 1,000,000 Strategic Petroleum Reserve barrels to a Chinese-state owned gas giant, the Washington Post acknowledged the accuracy of the sale, but it downplayed any potential concerns, claiming that there was “no reason for outrage,” and assigned “Three Pinocchio’s.”
The Washington Free Beacon’s findings cite the financial contributions from fact-checkers at over 40 liberal media outlets, including Google, New York Magazine, CBS News, The New Republic, Vox, The New Yorker, and National Geographic.