#presspushback » Pressthink
Christina Wodtke stashed this in covering eyes and hoping it'll go away
The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” awarded Romney’s ad “four Pinocchios,” a measure Romney pollster Neil Newhouse dismissed.
“Fact checkers come to this with their own sets of thoughts and beliefs, and we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers,” he said. The fact-checkers — whose institutional rise has been a feature of the cycle — have “jumped the shark,” he added after the panel.
There it is. The conflict I wrote about on Sunday: “You’re not entitled to your own facts” vs. That’s your opinion! #
“You are not entitled to your own facts” is what the mainstream press had already said back to the Romney ad about welfare and work requirements. (Sample.) The claim has consistently been called false or very misleading; and it’s not just the fact checkers but also the regular narrators of news saying it. That’s unusual.