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  •  The overall rating is irrelevant (0+ / 0-)

    Did Politifact add information relevant to the discussion or clarify anything about anti-discrimination laws in this country with their coverage?  In my view, they did.  

    I come away with a better understanding that such laws are incomplete and are a patchwork amongst both states and within more than half the states.  

    These facts don't diminish Navratilova's point and, in fact, add more detail about the realities to which she speaks.  I find this Politifact coverage valuable.

    I agree that Navratilova's statement really isn't one that deserves nitpicking, anyway.  It is, however, one that sparks discussion, begs for more details,  and inspires, hopefully, more solutions.  If these "ratings" inspire people to read further, Politifact has helped promote more understanding of such issues.  This is their intent, it seems.  

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    by Nicolas Fouquet on Tue May 07, 2013 at 11:03:18 AM PDT

    •  Respectfully disagree (6+ / 0-)

      PolitiFact's intent is to discern the veracity of the statement they're studying. Nothing more, nothing less. They're adding some context to the overall discussion, certainly, but in the end their thesis regards the statement they've chosen to examine.

      Ms. Navratilova said something demonstrably true; and PolitiFact diluted its impact by rating it half-true simply because Ms. Navratilova's statement was, in their opinion, insufficiently comprehensive. A speaker's failure to be annoyingly pedantic every time they utter a sentence shouldn't make them subject to accusations of dishonesty, and that's what happened in this instance.

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      by Korkenzieher on Tue May 07, 2013 at 11:19:58 AM PDT

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      •  This one isn't as bad as the Medicare statement (1+ / 0-)
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        Fair enough.  

        I would say rating the statement really wasn't necessary in the first place because there is little difference between what she said and the details as it pertains to the state of anti-discrimination laws for homosexuals.  A "half truth" is nit picking.  The laws are inconsistent, antiquated, and often fail to protect a defined group of people who obviously need their rights protected

        I just found the research they provided valuable to the cause.  

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        by Nicolas Fouquet on Tue May 07, 2013 at 11:54:11 AM PDT

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