Fact Check: It's NOT True That Fact Checkers Never Fact Check Anything That Attacks Conservatives

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  • by: Dean Miller
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Do fact checkers never fact check posts and photos that attack conservatives? No, that's not true: If you conduct a search of fact checking sites like Lead Stories, you'll find examples that disprove the claim.

The claim has appeared on several social media accounts, including this October 17, 2021, Instagram post under the title "Ever notice how the so called 'fact checkers' only dispute posts that attack their party?" It opens:

I've never seen them fact check ANYTHING that attacks conservatives.

This is what the post looked like on Instagram on October 20, 2021:

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(Source: Instagram.com screenshot taken Tue ‎Oct‎ 19 ‏‎14:20:03 ‎2021 UTC)

Lead Stories collects fact checks of false claims made or spread by liberals, progressives and left-wing politicians in its "Red Feed," which looked like this at the time this fact check was written:

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It includes debunks of false claims about Donald Trump and other conservatives, Republicans or people on the right:

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Other fact checking agencies debunk false claims, too.

Here are a few of the PolitiFact.com fact checks finding Donald Trump told the truth:

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(Source: Politifact.com screenshot taken Wed Oct 20 at 00:40:05 2021 UTC)

And here's one of The Associated Press' fact checks calling President Joe Biden out for overstating his success in creating jobs and for suggesting there's something nefarious behind the rise in gasoline prices while he's been in office.

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(Source: apnews.com screenshot taken Wed Oct 20 at 00:45:33 2021 UTC)

Here's one example from Slate, in which they examine the so-called "pee tape" to prove it's a fake:

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Those who complain of anti-conservative bias on the part of fact checkers may be ignoring the fact that conservative voices and messages dominate on social media, where candidates and campaigns from the Republican side of U.S. politics have long demonstrated greater skill and where conservatives enjoy far more engagement than do their political opponents.

On any given day, conservative media dominate the list of top 10 link posts on Facebook. For example:

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(Source: Google.com screenshot taken Wed Oct 20 at 00:07:55 2021 UTC)

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  Dean Miller

Lead Stories staff writer Dean Miller has edited daily and weekly newspapers, worked as a reporter for more than a decade and is co-author of two non-fiction books. After a one-year Harvard Nieman Fellowship, he served as Director of Stony Brook University’s Center for News Literacy for six years. As Senior Vice President/Content at Connecticut Public Broadcasting, a dual licensee, he oversaw radio, TV and print journalists, and documentary producers. He moved west to teach journalism at Western Washington University, edit The Port Townsend Leader and write the twice-weekly Save The Free Press column for the Seattle Times. Miller won the 2007 national Mirror Award for news industry coverage and he led the team that won the 2005 Scripps Howard first amendment prize. 

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