Did Politifact Cave to Virginia Dems After Whining About McAuliffe Takedown?



On Tuesday, we noticed yet one more instance of the buddy-buddy relationship between the liberal media and people they need to assist work to elect. A day after Virginia’s Politifact revealed a takedown of a deceptive advert from former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s marketing campaign towards Republican Glenn Youngkin, the outlet retracted it Tuesday underneath the auspices of “a considerable omission.”

As of this story’s publication, the Politifact-affiliate Virginia Public Media (VPM) had but to publish “a retraction discover” about why they “missed some key particulars” regardless of having promised one in a tweet at 2:12 p.m. Japanese.

First, the now-retracted article. “Politifact VA: McAuliffe Misleadingly Claims Youngkin Praised Him” instantly spelled doom for McAuliffe with its lede noting {that a} 39-second advert claimed Youngkin “was a ‘huge fan’ of McAuliffe’s governorship from 2014-2018.”

The advert centered on an April 7, 2017 U.S. Export-Import Financial institution convention panel Youngkin had moderated with McAuliffe as one of many panelists. Politifact even transcribed the advert (click on “develop”):

Narrator: “Glenn Youngkin is counting on an previous political playbook: trash your opponent and attempt to scare the general public into liking you.”
Youngkin: “I’m having a Virginia disaster as a result of our commonwealth is within the ditch.”
Narrator: “However earlier than he ran for workplace, he was an enormous fan of Terry McAuliffe and his document as Governor. Right here’s one instance:”
Youngkin: “Right here, we have now one out of fifty states that’s doing very effectively, and significantly within the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
Narrator: “Right here’s one other:”
Youngkin: “If you wish to put a brand new plant down, that’s the place to place it.”
Narrator: “And yet one more time.”
Youngkin: “Governor, I’m going to come back again to the function you performed in growing Virginia’s financial system. How do you do it?”
Narrator: “Come on, Glenn.”

Author Warren Fiske then launched right into a brutal evisceration of the truth that “[t]he advert edits and alters Youngkin’s sentences and, in situations, presents them out of context” and went line by line exhibiting what Youngkin really stated.

Going to the primary quote from the 2017 occasion (which was the second Youngkin quote within the transcript), Fiske identified that “Youngkin was not providing his private opinion” however somewhat “summarizing remarks made by his four-member panel.”

Right here was what Youngkin really stated:

What we’ve stated, simply to summarize slightly bit, is whereas not 100% agreeing that we’re in a full restoration, I believe there’s a basic sense of the US financial system doing okay, and significantly within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Right here we have now one out of 50 states that is doing very effectively and has actually proven nice strides.

Once more, not precisely fawning over McAuliffe.

Within the second panel quote, Fiske argued the total comment confirmed “Youngkin was merely asking McAuliffe to clarify how he goes about recruiting overseas companies to Virginia,” which is one thing all governors ought to do.

After debunking the final quote, Fiske acknowledged “[m]oderators are usually impartial and well mannered to panelists” and “Youngkin’s 2017 phrases don’t show he was a ‘huge fan’ of the previous governor’s financial insurance policies, or that his present criticism of McAuliffe’s stewardship is a flip flop.”

With no warning, the piece was retracted with rumors suggesting it was because of a Virginia Democratic Celebration press launch masquerading as a Business Insider article (which the celebration gleefully promoted).

This raised a somewhat primary query: If the video confirmed what it confirmed and the total quotes had been the total quotes, then why was there an issue?

However digging into the Business Insider story and we knew from the headline that it could be filled with fluff: “Virginia’s GOP gubernatorial nominee praised the state’s financial system when his Democratic opponent was in cost.”

This gained’t come as a shock, however the quotes Business Insider used had been additionally taken out of context (together with some the Politfifact piece had debunked) and the so-called reporting coming off just like the work of a area staffer.

Following a lazy lede about how “[i]t’s an uncomfortable little bit of actuality” for Youngkin, reporters Adam Wren and Warren Rojas whined that Youngkin’s “fast to tarnish McAuliffe” earlier than providing the identical deceptive quotes that had been within the McAuliffe advert (and mocked Youngkin as “an keen pupil” of McAuliffe’s).

In addition they got here armed with quotes from 2019 and 2020 (click on “develop”):


Youngkin delivered reward for Virginia’s financial system simply final yr too.

In an interview with McKinsey & Firm, the businessman famous that the state then underneath the management of Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam had a “excessive development tech business, a rising well being care sector, and a longtime manufacturing presence.” 


Again in 2019, when Virginia Polytechnic Institute introduced it was constructing an innovation campus in Northern Virginia, Youngkin was equally enthused.

“What’s occurring in Northern Virginia is really transformational, and Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus can be proper on the coronary heart of it,” Youngkin stated in a press launch on the time. “Consider the chances — new applied sciences, new companies, new markets, extraordinary new expertise — all being created proper right here in Northern Virginia. And now, the scope of this ambition may be absolutely matched by this nice location, which would be the dwelling of the following world expertise hub.”

However as Youngkin remade himself right into a Republican politician within the Trump period — in the end profitable the gubernatorial nomination amid a crowded area of conservatives — his appraisal of the state’s financial local weather modified, too. 

In additional than 30 public interviews, Youngkin dinged McAuliffe and “leaders in Richmond.” The state’s financial system — regardless of being rated as a “Prime State for Business” in 2019 — was now in “the ditch,” he’s repeated time and again. 

“For eight years, all of us watched the McAuliffe Northam political machine drive Virginia into the ditch,” Youngkin stated throughout a Could 21 marketing campaign rally, standing in entrance of an American flag and cardboard containers. 

Unsurprisingly, there have been issues with these quotes. In each circumstances, neither had something to do with McAuliffe’s tenure and worse but, each had been butchered.

Within the McKinsey interview, Youngkin took an enormous image view of Virginia’s long-term financial system. 

Right here’s the total quote: “In the event you’d regarded on the Virginia financial system then, you’d have seen plenty of components: a high-growth tech business, a rising healthcare sector, and a longtime manufacturing presence across the marine business, significantly shipbuilding and ship restore.” 

And within the 2019 Virginia Tech feedback, Youngkin was talking concerning the state of 1 sector of the financial system in Northern Virginia, not all sectors throughout your entire Commonwealth.

In different phrases, he was thought of the advantages and pitfalls of the financial system. Who knew one might assume that means!

Nonetheless, Business Insider continued to simp for his or her most well-liked candidate with these embarrassing speaking factors that got here off like a CNN monologue (click on “develop”):

What’s obvious from an Insider assessment of the first-time politician’s press clips and social media feeds is that he’s filled with conservative outrage: denouncing important race principle, blocking police reform, and shielding gun rights are all GOP go-tos on the tradition warfare entrance. He’s in any other case just about a clean slate on the coverage entrance. 


Youngkin routinely talks about “reigniting” Virginia’s “rip-roaring” financial system with out explaining how he’ll spark such a revitalization. 


Virginia Democrats took their very own swing at Youngkin over his flip-flop on the state’s financial system.

“Earlier than pledging his full allegiance to Donald Trump, Youngkin knew Terry McAuliffe was a wonderful governor who oversaw document financial development and created over 200,000 good-paying jobs,” Manuel Bonder, spokesman with Democratic Celebration of Virginia, instructed Insider.

“Now, Youngkin is a hypocritical, dishonest Republican politician who will say and do something to get elected — identical to Trump,” he added. “Virginia wants a governor who will work to carry up all Virginians — not one who will put GOP extremism over the reality each step of the best way.”

Returning to the delay in a retraction and follow-up merchandise, longtime Virginia Republican operative Garren Shipley stated it finest when he tweeted: “In all seriousness, the longer this assertion from @myVPM takes, the more severe it seems.”


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