Rachel Maddow Destroys Politifact Over Poor Fact-Checking

By Tim Peacock

Rachel Maddow
On her show last night, Rachel Maddow tackled poor fact-checking head-on when she called out Politifact for their sloppy work fact-checking the claim that in 29 states employers can fire employees for being or for appearing to be gay. The claim – originally made by Martina Navritilova on Sunday when she appeared on a talk show to discus LGBT rights – is true. Currently, only 21 states and Washington D.C. offer some form of LGBT employment protection – leaving 29 states without protections. Politifact’s analysis even points this out. But then – in an amazing show of poor analysis – they gave her statement a “half true” rating.
Why? They argue that, because you can sue in some of those states for being fired, the statement isn’t completely true. I have to ask this since perhaps I’m not understanding this the way they wrote it: how does suing someone for something mean you have legal employment protections? Anyone who has taken even introductory level legal / civics education can tell you that the ability to sue for a tort doesn’t mean that you will win – and the ability to sue an employer for LGBT termination does not equate to having employment protection.
I won’t beleaguer the point – Maddow has some great commentary on the subject:

About Tim Peacock:
For virtually his entire life, Tim has been writing. Over the years he’s dabbled in mainstream fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and personal essays. The one consistent thread through his entire writing career has been blogging – he’s been doing it since 1997 in one form or another. In creating Peacock Panache, he’s combined two of his favorite hobbies: blogging and current events/politics. When not working here, Tim toils away at editing & rewriting the novels he’s completed over the years. You can read samples of his other work here.

You can find Tim elsewhere online at his personal website. You can also find him on LinkedIn as well as on Twitter as @timsimms

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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