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Why Didn’t Politifact Jump on the “18 Mass Shootings” Lie as Well?

Feb.19, 2018
by Bob Adelmann

Politifact, the fact-checking website run by the Tampa Bay Times, was quick to discredit the blatantly false headline, “Michelle Obama: Florida shooting is clearly Trump’s fault, these shootings are happening constantly since he became our president” offered by an alt-right blogger.

Politifact searched for confirmation and, finding none, informed its readers “that former first lady Michelle Obama did not make those remarks … in any format whatsoever.” No website that picked up the story “should be trusted,” added the fact-checking service. 

Wouldn’t that include Everytown for Gun Safety, which promoted the lie that there have been 18 mass shootings in the country since the first of the year? Wouldn’t those MSM outlets that picked it up without question also fairly and reasonably not “be trusted” either? John Lott, the founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of bestseller More Guns, Less Crime, put the torch to the lie:

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