In the annals of Politifact, never* has the publication sunk this low
In downtown Providence, as in other cities around the globe, protesters inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement are trying to raise awareness about economic inequalities.
On a recent visit to Occupy Providence’s encampment at Burnside Park, a Providence Journal reporter spotted a hand-written sign that compared the earnings of a minimum wage worker with those of Goldman Sach’s CEO, Lloyd C. Blankfein.
The sign read: "Minimum wage = $16,000/year CEO-Goldman Sachs (Lloyd Blankfein) $16,000/Hour."
... we decided to check it out.
Yes, that's right. The organization dedicated to "help[ing] you find the truth in politics" harnessed the troops to uncover the truth behind what an anonymous person wrote on a piece of cardboard.
For the record, yes, a minimum wage earner in Rhode Island does in fact make about $16,000 a year, but the CEO of Goldman-Sachs doesn't make anywhere near $16,000 an hour. It's more like $9,165 an hour. Liar! (Or the use of political rhetoric to make a point.)
So kudos to Politifact. They've debunked the guy with a magic marker. But do they think that in the middle of a Republican presidential primary and the ongoing battle over job creation there might be bigger targets out there for their truth-o-meter?
*We rate the word "never" in this context as "pants on fire." Politifact has in fact sunk to these depths many times before.