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A 'fact-checking' website doubles down on its Social Security errors
A 'fact-checking' website doubles down on its Social Security errors

It's natural for a self-described "fact-checker" to circle the wagons when his fact-checking is called into question. So the defensive reaction of Dana Tims, the author of a "fact-check" about Social Security that we questioned earlier this week, is understandable. Unfortunately, Tims, who writes for the PolitiFact Oregon website sponsored by the Portland Oregonian, compounded the faults of his original post when he responded Friday to my analysis. Tims' original post criticized Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) for saying that "Social Security has never contributed one cent to the [federal] deficit." Tims labeled that "half true." In fact,...

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