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‘Neutral’ PolitiFact Rated Just 15% of Trump’s Campaign Claims as True but 51% True for Hillary

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PolitiFact rated just over 15% of Donald Trump’s campaign claims as true, while marking 51% of Hillary Clinton’s as such, according to PolitiFact Executive Director Aaron Sharockman.

“I’ve been tracking every @PolitiFact fact-check of the 2016 candidates since they announced,” posted Sharockman on Twitter just one day before the election. “I think this will be the final score.”

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Attached to the post was a screenshot of a spreadsheet, showing the details of every “fact-check” of the presidential candidates during the election campaign.

Despite Trump’s campaign being announced over two months after Clinton’s, 312 fact-checks were made on Trump’s claims, compared to just 196 of Clinton’s.

Out of 312 fact-checks, PolitiFact determined that just 15 of Trump’s claims were true, with 34 classed as “mostly true.”

46 claims were classed as half-truths, while the rest of the fact-checks were marked as either “false”, “mostly false”, or “pants on fire.”

This left Trump with a 50.64% rating of false claims, with just a 15.71% rating of true claims, according to PolitiFact.

In comparison, Clinton received 38 “true” fact-check ratings, 62 “mostly true,” and just 25 “false” or “pants on fire” ratings — a substantial amount less than the 158 false or pants on fire ratings given to Trump.

Just 12.76% of Clinton’s campaign claims were marked as false, with 51.02% being marked as true.

Democratic primary nominee Bernie Sanders was given a higher truth rating than both Clinton and Trump, while Republican primary nominee Ted Cruz received only a 25% truth rating.

PolitiFact are currently set to work as a Facebook partner along with Snopes and ABC, where they will reportedly determine what news is fake or not, branding those deemed as such with a warning label.

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington or like his page at Facebook.


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