A surprising look at the AP “Fact Check”

  1. 94 percent of the time AP targets a conservative or Republican claim (almost always Trump). This holds true across all standalone fact-check articles from November 1, 2017 through January, 18, 2018. This pattern flagrantly violates the Poynter Institute’s code of principles. Poynter has certified AP Fact Check as abiding by its principles.
  2. AP always argues against the conservative/Republican claim. Often they’ll claim it’s false, but other times they’ll just sort of peter out in a hostile op-ed without actually conducting a fact-check.
  3. AP generally does not provide any sources or links for their claims. In fact, they don’t even provide links to the claim or quote they are fact-checking. Importantly, this violates Google’s policy for fact-checkers that it promotes at the top of search results, yet inexplicably Google still promotes AP. It also violates Poynter’s transparency of sources principle, yet Poynter certified them.

AP FACT CHECK: Bank sector not in ruins, despite Trump beef

AP FACT CHECK: Trump oversells results of ‘tremendous’ trip

  1. 1.043 × OriginalSpending = 295 billion
  2. OriginalSpending = 295 billion / 1.043 = 282.84 billion
  3. 295 billion − 282.84 billion = 12.16 billion

AP FACT CHECK: Trump tells a tale about Air Force One

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on veterans’ health care, economy

Washington Post didn’t pay Roy Moore accusers

AP FACT CHECK: Anti-Muslim videos misrepresent what happened

AP FACT CHECK: China-US business deals are largely gloss

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Social Psychologist and advocate for scientific validity. I research the psychology of envy. I also develop new theory and tools for methodological validity.

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