Venerated fact-check site ridiculed on social media for overtly disingenuous claims.
Source: Adan Salazar
US oil imports from Russia did in fact double over the past year as claimed by Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, but don’t expect left-leaning fact check site Politifact to give her credit.
Actually, they did the opposite – they dubbed her claims “mostly false,” while proceeding to admit she was totally right.
The fact check, published Monday, took on Bartiromo’s claims from a February 22 appearance on “Jesse Waters Primetime,” where she said, “We have doubled our (oil) imports from Russia in the last year.”
The United States is “reliant on Russian oil. We have doubled our imports from Russia in the last year,” Bartiromo said on Feb. 22. “No question why President Biden is begging OPEC and others to pump more oil.”
While the Fox Business host’s statements were given a “Mostly False” rating on Politifact’s Truth-O-Meter, a TLDR synopsis at the top of the article concedes she was right, stating, “The U.S. did double the amount of crude oil imported from Russia last year.”
Further in the article, Politifact acknowledges, “The U.S. more than doubled its crude oil imports from Russia, to about 208,000 barrels a day in the first 11 months of 2021, from 76,000 barrels a day in 2020.”
According to Politifact, however, Bartiromo’s still wrong because they disagree with the point of her argument.
But Bartiromo’s broader point was about the extent of U.S. reliance on Russian oil, which remains fairly modest. Russia accounted for only about 3% of overall U.S. crude oil imports in 2021 — a 2 percentage point increase from 2020.
Politifact was raked over the coals on social media for the overtly disingenuous fact check.