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PolitiFact: Americans For Prosperity’s ‘facts’ are FALSE
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), one of the Koch Brothers right-wing conservative front groups, is financing the right-to-work campaign in Missouri with TV and radio ads and print materials like door hangers.
The unvarnished truth, according to PolitiFact.com – a fact-checking project of the Tampa Bay Times and its partners, the “facts” used in AFP’s materials are all lies, distortions and half-truths.
That’s not the Labor Tribune’s assertion (we knew it all along) but the result of in-depth studies of AFP’s statements and issue papers made over time by PolitiFact.com, which has built a reputation for holding politicians and their front groups accountable their statements with a Truth-O-Meter rating.
As noted in the attached chart, based on independent review of 15 recent statements made by AFP not a single one was “True” or even “Mostly True.” They were all rated “Half Truth” (13%), “Mostly False” (40%), “False” (33%) and “Pants on Fire” or a total bald-faced lie (13%).
PolitiFact.com is a project operated by the Tampa Bay Times in which reporters and editors from the Times and affiliated media outlets “fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups.” They publish original statements and their evaluations on the PolitiFact.com website, and assign each a “Truth-O-Meter” rating. The ratings range from “True” for completely accurate statements to “Pants on Fire” (from the taunt “Liar, liar, pants on fire”) for false and ridiculous claims.
Every fact-check includes analysis of the claim, an explanation of PolitiFact’s reasoning and a list of links to all of sources PolitiFact journalists used in evaluating the statements.
The next time you see something paid for by Americans For Prosperity, remember, what they’re telling you is a lie.