Trump said “because of that initiative” [in Brussels], and none of the reporting clearly supports that claim. As the WaPo story you cite notes: “Many of the 2017 spending decisions that together form the increase announced Wednesday were made before Trump’s improbable November victory.” A rigorous fact-check would look at the long term trajectory of…
That’s a big “presumably”. Trump speaks about the public not being properly served. A good fact-check (which I agree the AP’s is not) would look at _both_ sector-level indicators and at CFPB’s individual enforcement actions.
It would not, as you do, cite a Cato Institute blog post titled “Please Stop the Tyranny”. (Cato is a…
The video originates with Britain First, a UK group. The term “migrant” is routinely used in UK media to describe immigrants. Migrant workers are generally referred to as just that. If you check Britain First’s Gab feed, you will quickly find mentions of “migrants” wreaking havoc, and the meaning is unambiguous. So this criticism of the fact-check appears misplaced.
This may be true for the time period covered, but it’s not true as a blanket statement. A simple Google search shows plenty of fact checks of Obama statements and speeches, e.g.:
You won’t read about it here because it’s false, the kind of nonsense made up to justify discriminatory new laws that primarily impact Dem-leaning poor and minority voters.
Hi Astrid —
Thanks for the thoughtful response. A couple of observations:
I do think good impact measurement is genuinely hard in many contexts (I was just reading ProPublica’s whitepaper on measuring impact in investigative journalism, for example), but I agree that getting started is usually pretty…
Hi there :). To be clear, I only took issue with the specific phrase “outdated paradigms”, and I think your essay would be better if you changed it to something like “paradigms that don’t work for them”. I think we should all welcome many different approaches to doing good.
Spoken like a true unicorn. ;-)
Seriously — the nonprofit sector does amazing work; you’re not doing anyone any favors by labeling its approach as “outdated”. It may not be right for every problem, and it certainly needs legal reforms, but there’s nothing inherently wrong or antiquated about it.