I've long argued that Republic Fact Checks are actually disguised opinion pieces. Here's just one example from the archives in which Congressman Schweikert pointed out that we are seeing a spike in illegal immigration and the fact checker conceded that the fact was right.
However, the checker only gave Schweikert two stars because he wasn't "telling the whole story".
THE COMMENT: “We are seeing a big spike in illegal immigration.”
Here's the conclusion.
Bottom line: While Schweikert is correct in saying that there has been a spike in undocumented border crossings, he isn’t telling the whole story.
The "whole story" is actually an argument by Republic Political Editor Michael Squires and Reporter Daniel Gonzalez about the implications of Schweikert's correct fact. They are not checking his facts, they are rebutting his argument. The Fact Check is actually an OP ED opposing Schweikert's position on immigration issues. Squires and Gonzalez, of course, are free to make counter arguments, but it's not ok to disguise those arguments as "Fact Checks", give them the subhead "Keeping Arizona Honest" and put them in the news section of the Sunday Republic.
So I was quite pleased this morning when the Republic reprinted a national "Fact Check" story and gave it the proper placement.
That's exactly right.
Let's hope the Republic starts putting its own Fact Checks/Counter Arguments were they belong.