This is why it is SO important to know who the “Fact Checkers” are and their inherent biases…
PolitiFact incorrectly labeled it “mostly false” that Democratic Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema “protested troops in a pink tutu” during its live fact-check of the Arizona Senate debate Monday night.
It’s an established fact that Sinema, a former Green Party activist who co-founded an anti-war group, wore a pink tutu at one of the multiple anti-war protests she attended in 2003.
“While we were in harm’s way, she was protesting our troops in a pink tutu,” Republican candidate Martha McSally, a former Air Force fighter pilot, said during Monday night’s debate.
PolitiFact dinged McSally for that comment in its live fact-check of the debate on Twitter: “We looked into that claim and rated it Mostly False.”
But the fact-checker got it wrong.
The Sept. 10 article PolitiFact tweeted Monday night evaluated a different claim than what McSally said during the debate.
That article reviewed a McSally campaign ad and examined the question: “Did Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema protest troops in a pink tutu and denigrated [sic] their service?”
The “mostly false” ruling hinged on whether Sinema’s tutu-wearing activism amounted to “denigrating” the troops, as McSally charged in the Aug. 23 ad. But McSally on Monday night didn’t accuse Sinema of “denigrating” the troops, only saying that Sinema was “protesting our troops in a pink tutu” while McSally was serving her country in the military.
But McSally didn’t go so far Monday night as to accuse Sinema of “denigrating” the troops, only saying that Sinema was “protesting our troops in a pink tutu” while McSally was serving her country in the military.
Sinema did indeed wear a pink tutu at one of the protests she attended against American military involvement in the Middle East.
A 2003 Arizona State University news article at the time described Sinema wearing “something resembling a pink tutu” at one of the protests.
McSally’s campaign included a photo of Sinema in a pink tutu in its campaign ad and PolitiFact’s own Sept. 10 article noted that Sinema wore the pink tutu for at least one protest.
Except you said this in your explanation: “Sinema was a law student at the time who participated in a series of vigils and anti-war protests in Arizona. In at least one of those instances, she wore what looks like a pink tutu.”
Replying to @PolitiFact
.@marthamcsally said @kyrstensinema protested troops in a pink tutu. We looked into that claim and rated it Mostly False https://bit.ly/2NrozH1 | #AZSen
An ABC News affiliate Phoenix ruled that the ad PolitiFact ruled “mostly false” was largely true. ABC15 found that the ad did “interject McSally’s opinion but the basic facts are true.”
Instead of focusing on the definition of “denigrating,” ABC15’s fact-check focused on the core facts of the claim: while McSally was serving in America’s military, Sinema was an anti-war activist who donned a pink tutu.
Sinema openly associated with fringe elements of the far-left during her anti-war activism. (RELATED: Skeletons In Sinema’s Closet Come Back To Haunt Her As Senate Race Tightens Up)
She promoted an appearance by Lynn Stewart, a lawyer who was convicted of aiding an Islamic terrorist organization, in 2003.
Sinema also reportedly partnered with anarchists and witches in her anti-war activism and said she did “not care” if Americans joined the Taliban.
Flyers that Sinema’s anti-war group distributed before a March 2003 protest depicted American military members as skeletons waging “terror” in the Middle East.
· Sep 15, 2018
Arizona Senate: Kyrsten Sinema’s anti-war group blasted ‘U.S. terror,’ depicted soldier as skeleton in 2003 flyers https://cnn.it/2QvFMO1
Arizona Senate: Kyrsten Sinema’s anti-war group blasted ‘U.S. terror,’ depicted soldier as skeleton…
As an anti-war activist in the early 2000s, Arizona Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema led a group that distributed flyers depicting an American soldier as a skeleton inflicting “U.S. terror” in Iraq…
I was thinking, “oh, how bad could it b-oh, man, that’s bad.” pic.twitter.com/4noL133v3t
PolitiFact declined to change its “mostly false” rating for the ad after CNN reported on the anti-war flyers because “the flyer is not evidence that Sinema denigrated troops herself,” the website explained in an editor’s note.
“I don’t have anything else to add that’s not already published in our fact-checks,” PolitiFact editor Angie Drobnic Holan told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email.
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