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Responding to Rachel Maddow
By Bill Adair, Greg Borowski
Published on Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 2:12 p.m.
"Despite what you may have heard about Wisconsin’s finances, the state is on track to have a budget surplus this year."
Rachel Maddow, Thursday, February 17th, 2011.
Ruling: False | Details
Rachel Maddow began her Feb. 17 show by saying that Wisconsin "is on track to have a budget surplus this year."
We rated that False.
On her Feb. 24, 2011 show, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow criticized PolitiFact Wisconsin and how we handled a request for a correction about a Truth-O-Meter item from a statement on her Feb. 17, 2011 show.
We feel it is important to respond.
First, we have a policy on corrections and review all requests for corrections that we receive. When we've made an error, we acknowledge it, as PolitiFact Oregon did recently with this item.
Maddow's criticism in Thursday's show used artful editing and told an incomplete story. At issue is whether we checked the right factual claim. We examined her statement that Wisconsin "is on track to have a budget surplus this year." But she maintains that in the same segment, she made clear that she knew the state had a shortfall.
Read the full article here: Politifact.com