Fox's Chris Stirewalt: "Fact-checking is just as subjective as any other kind of journalism"

Fox's Chris Stirewalt: "Fact-checking is just as subjective as any other kind of journalism"

Stirewalt: “We have fallen into the trap of fact-checking”

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From the January 10 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered:

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MARIE HARF (CO-HOST): Chris, can we all agree at least that fact-checking is a good thing?

CHRIS STIREWALT (GUEST CO-HOST): No.

KATIE PAVLICH: (CO-HOST): No.

HARF: No?

SANDRA SMITH (CO-HOST): What?

HARF: OK, go for it.

STIREWALT: Fact-checking is not journalism.

HARF: Go on.

STIREWALT: So we have fallen into the trap of fact-checking. Fact-checking is just as subjective as any other kind of journalism. 

HARF: OK.

STIREWALT: So if we're talking about, in that case, anthromoporphogenic -- did I say that right?

HARF: I think you did.

STIREWALT: Global warming, man-made global warming, how much of a factor it is, is actually a subject of some disagreement. There is no substantive disagreement that there is climate change. How much man's role goes into climate change is a matter of some dispute. When Google gets into saying you're wronger than she is or he's righter than you are, you're 70 percent wronger than -- Google is way out of its lane. That's not the job -- and I will just to make one more sniffy sniff about this, if I may sniff. I am tired of these companies telling me that they're not content providers. 

Related:

Gizmodo: Conservatives are now getting angry about Google's fact-checking module

Previously:

Why news outlets only sometimes push back against climate denial

Conservative media freak out over Facebook’s plan to address the fake news problem

Google claims it has “taken steps” to demonetize fake news and increase scrutiny of “hate speech.” We’re calling bullshit. 

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Chris Stirewalt, Katie Pavlich
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Outnumbered
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