A new study from the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University concludes that Republicans are the ‘less credible party.’ And we never suspected a thing (wink wink). Michele Bachmann is one of the worst offenders.
100 statements evaluated by the fact-checking website PolitiFact between Obama’s second inauguration and this month, the researchers found that claims from Republican officials were labeled as “false” or “pants on fire” by a 3-to-1 margin, compared to claims from Democratic officials. Conversely, half as many Republican claims were labeled “entirely true.”
“While Republicans see a credibility gap in the Obama administration, PolitiFact rates Republicans as the less credible party,” said CMPA president Robert Lichter in a press release. An earlier study from the CMPA found the website rated the Romney campaign worse than the Obama campaign during the 2012 election. Not surprisingly, Michele Bachmann is one of the most poorly rated politicians on PolitiFact.The study states, “A majority of Democratic statements (54%) were rated as mostly or entirely true, compared to only 18% of Republican statements. Conversely, a majority of Republican statements (52%) were rated as mostly or entirely false, compared to only 24% of Democratic statements.”
Of course, Republicans will claim the study is ‘skewed’ and will not dictate their campaigns on fact-checkers, such as the Romney campaign said. Either way, Democrats are winning, while Michele Bachmann gives fact-checkers migraines every time she opens her mouth.
During the Presidential debate, Mitt Romney used what was titled as PolitiFact’s ‘lie of the year’ and propagated it further.
Paul Ryan did the same thing while debating Joe Biden.
The statement adds, “This study’s findings are similar to those of a previous CMPA study, which found that PolitiFact gave more negative ratings to the Romney campaign than the Obama campaign during the 2012 presidential election campaign.”
“Despite controversies over Obama administration statements regarding Benghazi, the IRS and the Associated Press, Republicans have continued to fare worse than Democrats, with 60% of their claims rated as false so far this month (May 1 – May 22), compared to 29% of Democratic statements – a 2 to 1 margin.”