Also from Krugman, “When Facts Aren’t Facts“:
… Obama said:
In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than three million jobs. Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005.
which is just true. Period.
But Politifact rated it as only “half true” because he was “essentially taking credit for job growth”. He didn’t actually take credit — and even if he had, a fact is still a fact.
I happened to be watching at that moment in Obama’s speech. As much as I have grown to dislike the man for his obsession with power, Politifact was flat-out wrong: Obama did NOT take credit for the jobs; he gave the credit to “businesses.”
Krugman has his own explanation of Politifact’s propensity lately to question the truth of a statement which is beyond dispute on some basis having nothing to do with the truth of the statement. I have a slightly different view: Politifact is yet another “independent” org that is now wholly owned by the GOP, and can no longer be trusted to fulfill its mission impartially.