By Bob Owens
Who fact checks the fact checkers?
Yesterday afternoon, Politifact made the claim that several “conservative bloggers” who blasted the Obama Administration’s new Social Security gun ban scheme were grossly overselling the story.
“SPREAD THIS: Obama Makes Huge Move to BAN Social Security Recipients From Owning Guns,” read the headline in the Conservative Tribune.
Breitbart, another conservative website, declared: “Obama’s Secret Plan to Block Seniors on Social Security from Owning Guns.”
Other websites qualified their message by referring to “some Social Security recipients,” and some cited a specific figure — 4.2 million — as the number of people that would be unable to own guns.
We were curious to see how all these claims stacked up, so we dug into the evidence.
They then claimed to “fact check the story, and came to the conclusion:
Bloggers such as the Conservative Tribune wrote headlines like this one: “SPREAD THIS: Obama Makes Huge Move to BAN Social Security Recipients From Owning Guns.”
This is a vast exaggeration of the actual policy under consideration. It would not affect all Social Security recipients, but rather those who have already been declared mentally incompetent, and thus ineligible under current law from purchasing a gun. And it is targeted at …read more
Source:: Bearing Arms