One of PolitiFact's latest fact checks purports to find the truth about Rush Limbaugh's supposed claim that the new Batman movie's villain, "Bane," was chosen by design to damage Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney through the latter's association with Bain Capital.
Setting aside the strong probability that Limbaugh was making a joke, this fact check is complete nonsense. It's easy to see in PolitiFact's conclusion:
In politics, conspiracies are everywhere if you look hard enough. But Limbaugh’s superpowers of persuasion can’t make this theory stand up. The villainous Bane first appeared in Batman comic books in 1993, long before Romney entered presidential politics. Even the character’s creator called a suggested link "ridiculous." We rate this statement Pants on Fire!It should be absolutely obvious that it doesn't matter when the Bane character was created. I could use a cartoon character named "Boosh" from 200 years ago and make a movie out of it today to mock George W. Bush. It isn't relevant whether the character was created without any knowledge that George W. Bush would serve as president.
If one takes Limbaugh's claim as a serious one, which is doubtful on its face, one fact checks it by looking at those who decided to make Bane the villain in this movie and when that decision was made, for starters.
The fact check is completely illogical, and that tells us something about PolitiFact.