PolitiFact is forced to retract a story claiming Claire McCaskill didn’t say what she definitely said
At some point, we may have to consider the possibility that certain media fact-checkers are not so dispassionate and free from partisan biases as they’d like us to believe.
PolitiFact has already stepped in it twice this week, publishing two false stories favoring Democratic candidates, and I suspect this number isn’t going to decline the closer we get to the November midterm elections.
The first bogus PolitiFact ruling, which gives a “mostly false” ruling to an absolutely true claim made in an ad by Arizona Republican Senate Candidate Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., still stands. The second bogus PolitiFact story, which originally gave a “false” ruling to a GOP ad claiming Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., once said “normal people” can afford to fly on private planes, has already been retracted and reissued with a new, still bogus ruling. It’s not even the weekend.
The GOP’s Senate Leadership Fund released an ad this week, titled "‘Normal' MO," focusing on McCaskill’s not particularly inexpensive love for traveling by private plane. Naturally, the ad sought to portray the senator as out-of-touch with her constituents.
"Claire even said this about private planes," the ad says before cutting to a video of McCaskill saying, "That ordinary people can afford it."
After the ad went live, PolitiFact was on the case, issuing a “false” ruling that concluded confidently, “Did Claire McCaskill say normal people can afford a private plane? No."
The video highlighted in the GOP ad comes from an August 2017 town hall event in Kennett, Missouri. That evening, a constituent asked of the senator, "You know, that’s one thing the United States has that nobody else has, is the freedom to fly around and be affordable where a normal person can afford it."
McCaskill responded, "Will you remind them when they come after me about my husband’s plane that normal people can afford it?"