So, not entirely happy with the new Australian Politifact. I’ve seen reports of the US version being politicised, including this (rather partisan) post on the general matter of fact checking sites in the last US election. (HT: Kiwiblog). I had a little worry about the fact that Politifact Australia was being set up by a guy who used to run the Sydney Morning Herald, which has a noted left wing editorial line.
I was looking at the Australian site yesterday after a day of claim and counter-claim around the budget. I perhaps expected that there would be some coverage of “the $70B black hole” in the Coalition budget plans, amongst other topics. I’d seen some earlier analysis on the site, and reserved judgement – it was neither great nor dreadful.
Looking at the latest few posts, I’m quite concerned. I think it’s really important that a fact checking site be clearly and obviously non-partisan, and it doesn’t look that way at the moment.