Politifact Viginia Editor Warren Fiske has been whining about accusations that he’s unfair to Republican candidates. Well, perhaps if he didn’t regularly vote in Democratic primaries or use two different standards when judging candidates depending upon which party they belong to he wouldn’t be facing such charges.
The fact checkers ignored the impact inflation and skyrocketing federal spending on programs like Medicaid had on spending increases while Allen was governor, declaring the Republican’s claim of fiscal hawk “false.”
Fiske has not made the same mistake when analyzing Kaine’s record.
Politifact adjusted for inflation to downplay the dramatic spike in college tuition under Kaine’s watch, as well as to cast his spending record in a more positive light. When Kaine said that the “general fund budget shrank when he was governor,” fact checkers discounted federal spending, failed to mention that Kaine attempted to hike taxes rather than cut costs and left the state with a multi-billion dollar deficit at the end of his term.
The claim received a “True” rating.
You see, Warren, that is what people like to call a “double standard.” They don’t like it in their politicians and they increasingly don’t like it in their media. All journalists have to sell their stories to people is their credibility. With you at the helm of Politifact Virginia, that is an area sorely lacking.
Fiske’s [numerous Democratic primary] votes would have violated the ethics policies of the Roanoke Times.
“Staffers should … avoid active involvement in partisan political causes—including participation in primaries or meetings to choose political candidates—community affairs, social actions or demonstrations that could compromise or seem to compromise our ability to report, edit or photograph fairly,” the paper’s employee conduct guidelines state.
Former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie held himself to similar standards when he first took control of the newsroom.