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Tool of the Week: Politifarce

MADISON — You know that Nigerian official who has all kinds of money to send you if you just give him your bank account information? That’s pretty much how we feel about Politifact.

It really should be named Politifarce. As a “fact-checking” entity, it’s a fraud. Politifarce for years has provided political cover for liberals in general and Democrats in particular. As it does in its latest defense of Gov. Tony Evers and his handling of the destructive riots that ravaged Kenosha in August 2020.

Sadly, Politifarce never seems to fact-check itself. If it had, its “fact-check” on Empower Wisconsin would have properly identified Empower Wisconsin for starters.

We are not a “super PAC,” as the reporter incorrectly reports. A super PAC is a type of independent political action committee that may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions and individuals but is not permitted to contribute to or coordinate directly with parties or candidates.

Empower Wisconsin is definitely not that. We are a 501(c)(4) under the IRS tax code, a social welfare organization serving as a voice for conservatives. That’s a very important distinction. Politifarce should know the difference, and it probably should have known better. We’re in the book.

We won’t hold our breath on a correction, however.

Erroneous facts aside, the point of the Politfarce fact check was to knick an Empower Wisconsin ad that recently ran on Milwaukee network TV stations. The ad tells the story of Kimberly, a business owner in Kenosha. Her store thankfully escaped being badly damaged in the August 2020 riots that followed the police-involved shooting of a black man. Her neighbors were not so fortunate. Dozens of Uptown and Downtown Kenosha businesses, residential properties and government buildings were destroyed, some burned to the ground.

Politifarce’s quibble — and its false rating — involves one comment in the ad. Kimberly says: “It took the loss of lives before help finally came.”

They argue that before two people were shot dead on the third night of the radical left’s nightmarish siege on the city Evers had ordered 250 National Guard members to the scene.

Per usual, they miss the point and the greater context, even as they skewer others for failing to provide context. Kimberly, many of her fellow business owners, and a lot of local and state officials will tell you that Tony Evers was slow to respond to the riots, and when he finally did act, the help he sent was entirely inadequate. The Democrat  initially rejected federal law enforcement assistance from then-President Donald Trump in what clearly was an act of political pettiness.

Following two days of destruction and violence, the Kenosha County Board sent a letter to Evers begging him to deploy an additional 2,000 National Guard members to protect the city. That’s when he raised the numbers to 250.

The next day, after two rioters were killed and another injured, the board sent another letter, again seeking backup.

“Our country is under attack. Our businesses are under attack. Our homes are under attack. Our local law enforcement agencies need additional support to help bring civility back to our community,” the supervisors wrote.

Evers then upped the deployment and, wouldn’t you know it, law and order began to return to Kenosha.

Kimberly’s point is that Evers for days failed to listen to Kenosha’s pleas and that people had to die before he finally did.

It’s important to note that Evers’ campaign made a thinly veiled threat to the Milwaukee TV stations in demanding they pull the ad. The silencing effort failed. 

So it was Politifarce to the rescue of a good friend.

The phony “fact-checker” is a tool. And this week Politifarce is Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.

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