I've been running a series of posts about the Republic's self appointed "Fact Checkers". I've pointed out that the "Checkers" are less credible than the people who generate the underlying facts. Here's a Fact Check written by an intern who appears to be taking a break from watching the World Cup.
The Fact Check is about something that Huppenthal wrote on an Espresso Pundit post in 2012. Here's what the Fact Checker says about the original post and Huppenthal's comments.
The original post by Patterson was about former state Sen. David Schapira, D-Tempe, and his comments were directed toward Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, a conservative advocacy group. Schapira had called Herrod a "legislative terrorist."
In the comments section, the conversation deviated from the post's topic and turned toward former state Senate President Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, and his comment during a 2010 CNN interview that 50 percent of homicides in Phoenix were committed by undocumented immigrants. Huppenthal responded to the discussion in the comments about whether Pearce was correct about his statistics.
Wow. That's a great example of the double standard being applied to Huppenthal. As a sitting Senator, David Schapira held a press conference to call Cathi Herrod a "Legislative Terrorist." However the "Fact Check" is to see if Huppenthal got the crime statistics in the comment section right.
What if Huppenthal had called a lobbyist a terrorist? Well, that would be on CNN. That would involve protesters. But Schapira can say it and....crickets.
The Fact Checker doesn't even seem self aware enough to question it. He just writes about it in a matter of fact way in order to give background for the column.
The double standard being used to judge Huppenthal is so big that the Fact Checker can't even spot it.
Post Script: The bill that Schapira was angry about Herrod working against was an anti bullying bill. Seriously, you can't make this stuff up. Schapira held a press conference and called her a Legislative Terrorist because his bill to stop BULLYING died. Unbelievable.