The latest installment of Stupid Fact Checks involves Politifact, the heavyweight champion of dishonest “fact checkers.” The Website’s clear mission is to make false leftist claims look credible while discrediting valid statements made by those on the center-right.
Early Monday morning, the site criticized a flyer issued by the National Rifle Association which quoted Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. A year ago, Mrs. Clinton, responding to an audience member’s question, said that what Australia did in the mid-1990s to take guns away from many of its citizens “would be worth considering doing … on a national level, if that can be arranged” here in the U.S. Politifact Virginia’s Warren Fiske asserted that the NRA was “mostly false” in claiming that that she said “gun confiscation would be worth considering.” In other words, the NRA was “mostly false” in quoting Mrs. Clinton’s own words.
Fiske’s attempt at “logic” shows how deep he had to dive into dishonesty, with the help of the Clinton campaign, to come up with his evaluation (bolds are mine throughout this post):
NRA weakly claims that Clinton said gun confiscation is ‘worth considering’
A National Rifle Association flier … (asks) “What did Hillary Clinton say when she was asked about gun confiscation in America?” …
The flier answers the question with this Clinton quote: “I think it would be worth considering doing it on a national level, if that can be arranged.”
… during a town hall campaign event in Keene, N.H., on Oct 16, 2015 … (Mrs. Clinton) was asked whether she’d support a national gun buyback program similar to one Australia instituted in 1996 after a mass shooting in Tasmania left 35 dead.
A month later, Australia banned semi-automatic and self-loading rifles as well as shotguns. The government offered a one-year grace period during which it would buy back the firearms at fair-market prices. After that, people possessing the weapons would subject to strict penalties.