Free Speech Alliance, conservative leaders implore fact-checking network to remove PolitiFact
08/30/2021 // News Editors // Views

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell, in conjunction with the Free Speech Alliance, joined 10 other conservative leaders in demanding the International Fact-Checking Network remove PolitiFact as a fact-checker for violating IFCN’s Code of Principles.

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More than 40 conservative leaders have signed on to the open letter led by the Free Speech Alliance and MRC’s Bozell. The open letter can be read in full below:

Director Baybars Örsek

International Fact-Checking Network

Dear Mr. Örsek:

We are writing to challenge the actions of one of the members of the International Fact-Checking Network. In its role as a "fact-checker," PolitiFact has crossed a bright line, deliberately stifling free speech online and pursuing a blatant, anti-conservative political agenda. Those actions have ominous repercussions and clearly violate IFCN’s Code of Principles.

Most recently, PolitiFact falsely fact-checked a graphic, posted by the Media Research Center (MRC) showing the COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the United States. The graphic was a copy from the CDC, to which MRC gave clear attribution. In the post containing the graphic, MRC also linked to a blog, which included more information regarding the current threat of COVID-19 in the United States. The blog we linked to provided full context for the information provided in the graphic. PolitiFact flagged the graphic as "partly-false," and put a "FALSE" stamp over the graphic. Then in its own piece, it said context was missing. Those are three different — and incorrect — allegations all in one piece. This is an egregious, unmerited and overtly biased action against a viewpoint the liberal PolitiFact disagrees with.


But what makes this so dangerous is that this reflects a consistent pattern of politicized censorship.

PolitiFact is approved by the IFCN to act as a "fact-checker." Operationally, that means PolitiFact has enormous influence on the content that users and organizations are allowed to post on Facebook. PolitiFact is, at its core, a partisan operation. It is deliberately attempting to manipulate the online public conversation by quashing conservative viewpoints on social media.

We the undersigned therefore demand the IFCN immediately remove PolitiFact from its list of approved fact-checkers. We further demand Facebook immediately remove PolitiFact from its list of approved Third-Party Fact-Checkers. We demand this regardless of the actions of the IFCN.

Given PolitiFact’s history of abusing its power as a fact-checker, this is long overdue. Consider PolitiFact’s recent instances of unjustly censoring conservatives:

  • In July of 2021, PolitiFact tagged as FALSE that: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris "distrusted COVID-19 vaccines" in 2020. PolitiFact’s aggressive defense of Biden and Harris was exposed recently when PolitiFact tagged as "False" a Tik-Tok video that "Says Joe Biden and Kamala Harris distrusted COVID-19 vaccines." In fact, both President Biden and Vice President Harris did voice their distrust of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • PolitiFact has failed to create a page for Jen Psaki, Joe Biden’s press secretary. It blatantly refuses to fact-check her, even when she outrageously suggested that her political opponents favored defunding the police.
  • PolitiFact dealt a "Pants on Fire" determination for Tucker Carlson for a guest interview in September stating that COVID-19 came from a Wuhan lab and was released with malicious intent. It retracted this designation in May 2021, long after the election.
  • PolitiFact gave former Georgia Senator David Perdue a "Pants on Fire" rating for characterizing Jon Ossoff as a "socialist," but failed to give a "Pants on Fire" to President Biden for labeling voting integrity laws "Jim Crow."
  • PolitiFact gave Josh Holmes, the former chief of staff for Sen. Mitch McConnell, a "Mostly False" label when he correctly stated that ‘A Georgia law has not ‘criminalized giving people bottles of water.’ It pertains to political organizations."
  • In March, PolitiFact stated that former Vice President Mike Pence was "False" concerning two statements on election integrity, but at that point had not evaluated current Vice President Kamala Harris’s statements since September.

And all of these examples are but the tip of the iceberg. PolitiFact is, and has long been, a bad actor intent on aggressively quashing the free speech of conservatives online. The MRC has written critically about PolitiFact more than 50 times since 2019.

By any standard, it is not an unbiased legitimate fact-checker. Especially, according to IFCN’s "Code of Principles." Those five principles fact-checkers must adhere to include:

  1. A commitment to nonpartisanship and fairness
  2. A commitment to transparency of sources
  3. A commitment to transparency of funding & organization
  4. A commitment to transparency of methodology
  5. A commitment to open & honest corrections

At the very least,  PolitiFact has violated Principles one and five.

PolitiFact’s crusade against conservatives is especially troubling given the ubiquitous censorship of conservatives on social media. The backdrop of this controversy is a huge push by the federal government to censor online content. The White House disturbingly announced that it was colluding with social media companies to censor so-called "disinformation" regarding COVID-19. This coordination has overwhelmingly harmed conservatives who are naturally more skeptical of Big Government mandates.

This Orwellian behavior on the part of the federal government is, in its own right, potentially fatal to the health of a free society and fascistic. But together with the behavior of organizations like PolitiFact and the censorship of conservatives by Big Tech, the current situation poses an existential threat to our free and open society.

If dissenting viewpoints are dropped down the memory hole, if only those voices that are acceptable to the state and Big Tech are allowed, our civil and political society are in jeopardy.

Organizations such as PolitiFact have an obligation to be neutral arbiters of content. They must be held accountable when they abandon your principles. By your own rules, PolitiFact is no longer qualified to serve as a fact-checker..

We look forward to your response.

L. Brent Bozell III

Founder and President

Media Research Center


James Allen


Jessica Anderson

Executive Director

Heritage Action


Saulius "Saul" Anuzis


60 Plus Association


Guillermo J. Aragon

Corbere Partners


Ryan Bomberger

Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer

The Radiance Foundation


Dan Bongino

The Dan Bongino Show


Brian S. Brown


International Organization for the Family

Floyd Brown


Western Journal


Joseph Chalfant


Lone Conservative


Lourdes Cosio

Campaign for the American Future


Sen. Jim DeMint


Conservative Partnership Institute


Seth Dillon


Babylon Bee


Elaine Donnelly


Center for Military Readiness


Bill Donohue


The Catholic League


Steven Ertelt



Joseph Farah

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, WND Books, WND Films


Lady Brigitte Gabriel

Founder & Chairman

ACT For America


Becky Gerritson

Executive Director

Eagle Forum of Alabama

Paul J. Gessing


Rio Grande Foundation


Kay Coles James


Heritage Foundation


Raheem Kassam

Global Editor-In-Chief

Human Events


David Kupelian

Vice President and Managing Editor



Randy Long


Long Business Advisors, LLC

Christina Murphy Lusk


The Martin Foundation


Rick Manning


Americans for Limited Government


James L. Martin


60 Plus Association


Rod D. Martin

Founder and CEO

The Martin Organization, Inc.


Jenny Beth Martin

Honorary Chairman

Tea Party Patriots Action


David McIntosh


Club for Growth


Christie-Lee McNally


Raven Strategies LLC


Gene Mills


Louisiana Family Forum


Sean Noble


American Encore


Austin Ruse




Congressman Pete Sessions

17th District of Texas

Terry Schilling


American Principles Project


Jon Schweppe

Director of Policy and Government Affairs

American Principles Project


Kelly Shackelford

President and CEO

First Liberty Institute


Craig Shirley

Reagan biographer and presidential historian


Eunie Smith

President Emeritus

Eagle Forum


Mathew Staver

Founder and Chairman

Liberty Council


James Taylor


Heartland Institute


Gov. Scott Walker


Young America's Foundation


John-Henry Westen

CoFounder and Editor in Chief



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