So it’s all about the facts and the fact-checking, huh Dems?
I have learned to expect utterly nothing honest or reliable or anything of integrity from Democrats like, say, Michael Moore or Senator Harry Reid; or from former Democratic Governor, Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, Howard Dean. He took anything but the “high road” last night in his self-esteemed evaluation of last night’s debate. Dean might quite literally have been high to tweet this out:
And by the way, not a single news organization seriously “fact-checked” that slander of Dean’s, without also using the opportunity to call out Trump for one thing or another. Oh and also, not a single solitary news outfit will howl (like a shrieking Howard Dean) demanding that Hillary formally denounce that slander in front of the world, and apologize publicly in front of all media organizations and on all social media, thrice over, as they did when a Donald Trump surrogate nattered about Skiddles.
CBS News’ Major Garrett, on the other hand, is a usually very reliable source. He’s very smart and very well spoken. He’s solid in most every way. So I hate to use him as an example of this, but it seems even he can be tripped-up in the massive and mostly idiotic Donald Trump Fact-Check-Fest that the liberal media embarked upon since Trump first announced his candidacy, and which went totally drug-party wild since last night’s debate.
Garrett was quick to pump this out on his Twitter feed after watching Fox and Friends on Fox News Channel early this morning (below the ad which may appear here):
— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) September 27, 2016
Ooh! Good one! Another Trump lie! And this fact-check from biggy Major Garrett! Let’s use it!
That Tweet was therefore retweeted, as you can see, thousands of times, by liberals and the #NeverTrump cabal, who used it to bolster their “DONALD TRUMP LIES!” meme. (This is really mostly a little bit of psychological projection on their part, designed to deflect voters’ attention away from the actual fact that Hillary Clinton is a liar and is corrupt. But anyway.)
But fact-check the fact-checker:
Says here CBS New York debate online poll pic.twitter.com/M88nbSHMvX
— powr2ppl (@powr2ppl) September 27, 2016
CBS listed here too pic.twitter.com/iSqYoySlUM
— powr2ppl (@powr2ppl) September 27, 2016
Even before seeing this I had my own look at the snap polls last night and today, and found the same thing. A CBS poll.
So now the expert fact-checkers will whine but Joel, this is the CBS New York affiliate — not CBS HQ in New York! To which I will reply, and the Benghazi attack was a spontaneous attack spurred on by a Youtube video in America...
This is just one tiny example of myriad such lies or half-truths or, to be extremely charitable, misbegotten statements, made by the fact-checkers.
I think if they can (and they do) give Hillary a total pass on Benghazi, a Youtube video, her email deletion lies, the Clinton Foundation cover-up; the corrupt IRS and lies therein; and the Obama admin’s justice department and FBI (shall we say) mishandling of the Clinton investigation — I think we can give a pass to Trump for saying CBS instead of CBS New York — or any number of other inaccurate things.
Democrats and all leftists are trotting out the Politifact.org data that suggests Trump is lying 74% of the time, and building all manner of snappy lines around that.
It’s ridiculous in the extreme to suggest that “74%” of every word Trump utters is even meant to be taken as Gospel (of course many liberals believe Bill and Hillary, but don’t believe any actual Gospel, so there’s that…). It’s as if life in America has become some sort of a word-for-word test of excruciating accuracy, as applied only to Republicans. Since when did Americans care about truth? Bill Clinton looked us right in the eye and wagged his finger at us all and at the TV camera and sternly said “I did not have sex with that woman…” — and then they re-elected him.
I don’t mean that words no longer matter, or that accuracy isn’t important from a presidential candidate, but the word “chill” comes to mind when I hear the caterwauling about the things Trump has said.
Hyperbole and exaggeration is his style, love it or hate it. He is not a politician, and he clearly couldn’t give a rat’s butt about being politically-correct or kowtowing to the media or to anyone else. It should be well-understood by now — and actually it is — that he is using hyperbole and exaggeration. It may be his undoing, but for now, about half the country is liking it. They get him. They get that he is just trying to make a point vividly in his own inimitable style. I get it, too. Do I like it? No, not especially, mostly because I’m tired of playing the idiotic game we’re playing right now; but I get it, and that’s the point.
So when “fact-checkers” (gotta use the quotes, as a matter of fact) “fact check” what they know damn well is hyperbole or exaggeration, and the only options for their pseudo-scientific findings are “truth” or “lie,” they’re going to have to land them in the “lie” column every time. And that’s not helpful or even honest. This is like using a water sieve to collect water, or relying on Hillary Clinton to ever tell the truth about her email. Blame whoever you want for this problem, but at least understand the problem and be up-front about it.
Speaking of being up-front, I loved this Tweet because it says so much about the honesty and integrity of the liberal media, even as they claim Trump is not honest:
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) September 27, 2016
And this one in the replies:
— CG (@CGbk113) September 27, 2016
By the way, since most in the liberal media are saying today — with great confidence — that after their astute and ever-so objective analysis Hillary had the edge over Trump last night, I’ll just leave you with this (which includes the CBS poll):
— Rich richi.leaks (@artblam) September 27, 2016
Hey “So-Called Christians!” How does this from the Washington Post read to you?
The attack came as Hungarians prepare to go to the polls next Sunday to vote in a referendum on a European migrant-quota system that would compel E.U. countries to take in more asylum seekers. The government of staunchly anti-migrant Prime Minister Viktor Orban is campaigning strongly against the measure, arguing that the mostly Muslim migrants pose a threat to Europe’s “Christian” identity and its security. Polls suggest the Hungarian public is likely to reject the quotas, although turnout must reach 50 percent for the vote to be considered valid.
I’m not sure if they’re simply illiterate and don’t know where quote marks belong, or if they’re really just liberal media miscreants trying to make their point. Europe doesn’t have a “Christian” identity (as if to imply it’s merely a “so-called” Christian identity as spoken by some “far-right” nutjob), it has a Christian identity which perfectly befits the historic fact that Europe has a many centuries-old history and culture built by Christians and Christian values, and is arguably still somewhat of a Christian-based culture (but do visit travelocity.com right quick if you hope to see “old Europe”).
Or, it’s “mostly Muslim migrants.”
Same story, different complaint:
WHAT’S MORE RIGHT: The bombers? Who were they? Well if you read the story about the Hungarian bombing, you’d think it might just be some right-wingers or something:
The incident comes as countries across Europe are on edge following a series of attacks by suspects linked or inspired by Islamist extremists, as well as an increasing number of acts of violence carried out by the far-right.
Well are they sure it wasn’t socialists or anarchists or environmental activists? That’s far more common. No they aren’t at all sure — they have utterly no idea — and it might well be a left-wing group or more likely Islamists, so they say “far-right” to implant that into your head and change the channel.
“The far-right” is a purposely vague cliché, especially as used by a U.S. publication about eastern European politics. I think in this case it’s a term meant to smear the right generally. In America. It is used almost exclusively by far-leftists hoping to make a point.
Their own writing indicates that “Polls suggest the Hungarian public is likely to reject the quotas…”. Does that mean the majority of the whole nation is “far-right?” That’s absurd logic. That would mean the “right” is not very “far” at all, but rather exactly mainstream.
Do they mean “far-right” in the American context as in what they, in full-on derogatory fashion, mean “really conservative?” Like Ted Cruz? So like a Ted Cruz-type guy might have done that terrorist bombing? Yes I do believe that’s what they’d like you to think. Moreover, Donald Trump, of course.
Or do they mean what I suspect they hope you to glean by their use of the term: HITLER!$#@!!!.
Actually, if I understand correctly, they mean all the above. Far-Right=Anything They Don’t Like=Donald Trump=Hitler, etc. Don’t believe me? Here are just some of actual recent headlines from the Washington Post:
- “Don’t compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. It belittles Hitler.“
- “Trump’s Hitlerian disregard for the truth“
- “The theory of political leadership that Donald Trump shares with Adolf Hitler“
- “The Hitler-ification of Donald Trump“
All institutions like the Washington Post used to frown on or ridicule or ban any writer, commenter, blog, or forum, that “went there” — there being comparing any even remotely regular American to “Hitler” or a “Nazi.” Now the Washington Post has decided to dine on it and serve it up to you on a silver platter. So we can’t trust them.
We don’t know what the Hell they mean by “far-right” in this case. They simply slide the term in there and leave it to stew away. This is drive-by journalism or a gutless smear by association. Not a good look for a prominent newspaper, even if it has given up all pretence of objectivity, fairness, or balance.
The article also purposely fails to similarly identify the political leanings of those who believe in their wonderful world of limitless Muslim migration into Europe (no scare quotes because I really don’t mean “so-called limitless Muslim immigration into Europe”) — and North America for that matter. Make no mistake. They are the plain left — not even just the far left. The mainstream liberal, progressive left.
Hey you snowflakes or SJWs on the left: what happened to the good old days of [whenever it was Donald trump said anything at all whatsoever]? You call gratuitous and no-context terms (like “far-right”, but the opposite) a “trigger warning” which “violates your safe space.” If you were remotely honest you’d lecture the liberal media that they should have said “SOME far-right people but the vast majority are peace-loving people of high standards who work hard and love the nation and pay their fair share of taxes!” Bill Clinton would, if he were honest and consistent, say it’s a “dog whistle” possibly “used by far-leftists in the south and we all know what it means! (((HITLER!)))…”.
But they — these people on the left — don’t really mean what they say, and they don’t care about fairness or accuracy. Put scare quotes around every single thing they say.
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