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Politifact's half-baked "half true" for Walker job creation claim

Over at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Politifact, Scott Walker's many lies and distortions are often chronicled and properly rated along the feature's untrue scale. Nevertheless, the newspaper apparently can't help but to try to bend over backwards to make their double-endorsee for governor look as good as possible.

[img_assist|nid=55543|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=156|height=73]Which may explain why a Politifact posting today strangely gives Walker a huge pass after pretty thoroughly refuting his claim that the federal government has signed off on the positive jobs numbers he has announced. The piece also shoots down his claim that the federal government has provided verification of Walker's eleventh hour data dump.

Politifact said Walker's statement "leaves out the fact federal officials publicly will not verify the numbers, and the fact that the emails released [by Walker's team, and exchanged with the feds] do not contain any numbers, let alone the ones cited."
Which, you would think, means that nothing about Walker's jobs statement can yet be verified by independent means. Yet Politifact's ruling? Walker's rosey claims are somehow still rated Half True.

Apparently, because the half of Walker's claim that might possibly be true hasn't yet been verified (although it's also quite unclear what if anything that "half" might be), Politifact is just going to assume some truth, for now. Politifact says: "Is the final word in? We'll know June 28." Well, we'll know for sure then, maybe, but for now we know for sure, though not at all. Kind of. Something. Or other. Maybe.

Peachy. Thanks for clearing that all up, Politifact. Now we can vote in good conscience for the honorable schoolboy.

http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2012/jun/ 01/scott-walker/gov-scott-walker-says-federal-officials- verified-h/


June 2, 2012 - 8:44am