When you hear the term “fact-checker,” you might be tempted to imagine a scrupulously honest and intrepid sleuth, digging after the truth and carefully correcting falsehoods and misconceptions.

Alas, as has become abundantly clear from the actual behavior of so-called “fact-checkers” working in collaboration with social media sites like Facebook, this image in no way accords with reality.

Rather, “fact-checking” is now little more than a propaganda tool of the dominant left-wing regime.

One only needs to take a look at the sorts of articles and videos that sites like Facebook happen to slap “fact-check” warnings on to see that this is true. Nearly always, the sites targeted are conservative media outlets like PJMedia, RedSate and Townhall.

Are we to suppose that truth magically happens to reside, in all cases, on the very side of each and every political issue that those who run the social media giants just happen to be on themselves?

Never Trust a “Fact-Checker”

Trying to assemble evidence for this proposition presents one with an embarrassment of riches. As just one example, take the theory that the SARS-CoV-2 virus may have been artificially generated in a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This theory has been circulating on the internet for over a year now. Prominent and credentialed experts, like Rutgers University microbiologist Richard Ebright and the former head of the CDC Robert Redfield, have considered the theory plausible.

Not only this, but a recent piece written by prominent science journalist Nicholas Wade meticulously lays out the case for that theory. As anyone who reads the piece can see, it is more than reasonable and is handily able to account for observed anomalies that a natural origin theory cannot easily explain. And yet, sites like Facebook and Twitter have swiftly shut down anyone who even attempts to breathe a word on this topic.

As Wade also points out, a letter written in Nature Medicine by a team of scientists led by Kristian Andersen attempted to refute the lab origin theory. This letter is in fact what “fact-checking” organizations like Health Feedback cited to justify censoring the Facebook posts of those who espoused the theory.

But the letter itself uses arguments that, when closely examined, are seen to be extraordinarily flimsy.

Even those who simply post declarations from authoritative scientific bodies like the CDC can run into trouble. Those who oppose mask-wearing and lockdowns have tried sharing CDC statements that such things are largely unnecessary, but they get hit with “fact-check” labels.

But back in January 2020, when the CDC repeated the Chinese government’s claim that COVID-19 could not be transmitted between humans, Facebook did not see fit to “fact-check” this claim.

In short, the whole business of “fact-checking” is nothing but a political tool. The same could be pointed out with respect to subjects like global warming, the Arizona election audit and many other things.

Be careful what you read.