PolitiFact ‘hacks’ buried in bipartisan backlash for attempt to discredit ‘conservative’ opponents of critical race theory

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PolitiFact, the dubious “fact-checking” site used by Facebook and other social media networks to censor dissenting views, is facing criticism for posting a questionable summary of critical race theory that seems one-sided and devoid of pertinent details.

Published Monday, the piece is titled “What is critical race theory, and why are conservatives blocking it?” While it does briefly cover the conservative viewpoint on the issue, it declines to include any data, quotes or examples from the most noted CRT researcher, Christopher Rufo of the Discovery Institute.

Rufo has been instrumental in documenting the radicalism inherent in CRT and its propagation, from biracial children being taught that they’re so-called privileged white male oppressors to corporate employees being instructed to “try to be less white.”

Instead, PolitiFact offers a very rudimentary overview of CRT that, not surprisingly, is teeming with quotes from left-wing proponents of the theory, including Democrat politicians and so-called “educators.”

In fairness, the summary does include brief quotes from Reps. Burgess Owens and Jim Banks about how CRT “preserves” racist thinking, “undermines civil rights” and teaches children “to be ashamed of our country and to judge each other based on their race.”

The problem is that, one, PolitFact doesn’t flesh out these concerns at all, and two, on Twitter it tried to frame this issue as a cultural/political one:

The tweet above boasted a painfully poor 366 percent ratio (comments divided by tweets) as of Thursday morning.

Interestingly, some of the criticism came from self-identified “liberals” who also take issue with this radical ideology.

Look:

To be fair again to PolitiFact, while its framing of the issue could use some work, it still seems more honest than the framing from the mainstream press.

The mainstream media have repeatedly falsely claimed that the attempts by conservative politicians to ban the teaching of CRT is an attempt to prevent students from being taught about history and racism.

“Texas Pushes to Obscure the State’s History of Slavery and Racism,” a headline at The New York Times reads.

As noted in the tweets below by Rufo and conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey, this is a blatant lie:

“GOP pushing bill to ban teaching history of slavery,” another headilne, this one from MSNBC, reads.

This headline is also false.

“Texas educators worry bill limiting the teaching of current events and historic racism would ‘whitewash history,'” a headline at The Texas Tribune reads.

“[T]eachers and historians contend it’s impossible to teach America’s history without discussing race and injustice, especially when current events mirror historical lessons,” the actual piece reads.

Based on the Tribune’s reporting, Derek W. Black, a well-known anti-school choice activist, speculated that the real problem with CRT bans is that they would have a “chilling effect” on the First Amendment.

His take wasn’t well-received:

The problem is that CRT itself is a grand attack on the First Amendment. It demands people not use terms that are deemed offensive (example: illegal alien), it demands that people do not recite facts that are deemed offensive (example: men are men, and women are women) and it demands that so-called “oppressors” (whites, Jews, etc.) “shut up” and bow to the whims of the so-called “oppressors,” even when the so-called “oppressors” are dead wrong.

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Vivek Saxena

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