The fact-checker assigned to debunk the story was professionally tied to the same Chinese bio-lab from which the virus is claimed to have escaped.
April 24, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Facebook has finally removed the “fake news” warning it had attached to a New York Post article published earlier this year that suggested that the coronavirus escaped from a Wuhan, China biolab.
According to Steve Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute and an expert on China, Facebook has yet to offer an apology for the unwarranted “fake news” label the social media giant had pinned to his February 22 op-ed, “Don’t buy China’s story: The coronavirus may have leaked from a lab. ”
“After we raised the alarm, Facebook uncensored that Steve Mosher oped about the origins of the Wuhan virus,” tweeted New York Post opinion editor, Sohrab Ahmari. “But the company didn’t apologize to the NYPost or offer explanation/accountability.”
The two-month-long drama has cast a spotlight on Facebook’s fact-checking methods and raises serious questions about whether the judgement of its “experts ” is sometimes compromised due to conflicts of interest.
Journalist Sharyl Attkisson previously reported that the lead fact-checker on Mosher’s story, Danielle Anderson, has ties to the Wuhan biolab.
“You cannot make it up,” tweeted Attkisson. “The ‘fact checker’ Facebook is using to censor a documentary discussing possibility that coronavirus came from Wuhan labis [a] scientist who worked at Wuhan lab with Chinese communists.”
Full story: Facebook quietly drops ‘fake news’ flag on report revealing COVID-19 escaped from China lab
Facebook has decided to clamp down on the supposed epidemic of fake news by appointing an assortment of “fact-checkers” to vet their news feed.
The problem is that these fact-checkers — PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, Snopes, Associated Press and ABC News — are all slanted to the left and have a bad habit of inserting their progressive opinions into “fact-checks” instead of simply being objective.
Here are 11 of the worst “fact-checks” by the five Facebook fact-checkers.
1. PolitiFact has tried to claim that President Barack Obama never went on an apology tour. PolitiFact did this multiple times when Mitt Romney was hammering Obama over the apology tour. In their initial 2010 fact-check, PolitiFact’s ruling was lengthy to the point where they even quoted multiple experts on what exactly the word apology means and compared Obama’s statements to apologies made by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
“Yes, there is criticism in some of his speeches, but it’s typically leavened by praise for the United States and its ideals, and often he mentions other countries and how they have erred as well,” PolitiFact wrote. “There’s not a full-throated, sincere apology in the bunch. And so we rate Romney’s statement False.”
The one thing missing from PolitiFact’s post: the actual definition of the term “apology” from a dictionary, which is “an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression of regret.”
Here are five statements Obama made during the apology tour:
- “In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”
- “Another issue that confronts all democracies as they move to the future is how we deal with the past. The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history.”
- “While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms.”
- “Don’t be discouraged that we have to acknowledge potentially we’ve made some mistakes. That’s how we learn.”
- “Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. … I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions. Instead of strategically applying our power and our principles, too often we set those principles aside as luxuries that we could no longer afford. And during this season of fear, too many of us — Democrats and Republicans, politicians, journalists, and citizens — fell silent. In other words, we went off course.”
While it’s true that Obama is not explicitly saying he’s sorry for America’s actions, he was making these statements as if he was talking to a priest during a confession–he laid out what he thought America’s sins and that the country should do better. Obama was indirectly saying “I’m sorry.” PolitiFact’s ruling should have been “True.”
Full story: Daily Wire.