The Fact Checkers

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True Believer: I’ll tell you a big problem I have with Republicans and the Right is that they lie so much. Hardly a day goes by that I do not hear some report of an outrageous lie.

 

Thinker: And the Left does not lie? How about “I did not have sex with that woman” when Clinton’s DNA was found on the blue dress?

True Believer: Okay, both sides lie now and then but the Right lies a lot more than we do.

 

Thinker: Can you give me an example?

True Believer: Yeah, the fact checker Politifact says the Republicans tell nine times as many outright lies as Democrats.

 

Thinker: Now think about that statistic and put away your bias for a moment.  Does it seem logical that one side of the political spectrum would tell nine times the lies of the other side? That’s as logical as saying that the Yankees cheat nine times more than the Red Sox when the truth is they are in the same ball game and both may have similar flaws. It is highly improbable that one will be nine times worse than the other.

True Believer: Well, that’s what they say so deal with it.

 

Thinker: Have you considered that Politifact’s editor is Warren Fiske, a Democratic donor and supporter?  Don’t you think that may account for the fact that Republican statements are viewed more harshly?

True Believer: I’m sure he is fair.

 

Thinker: Glenn Beck also does some fact checking.  Do you think he is fair?

True Believer: No, he is a partisan.

 

Thinker: And the Democrat supporter Warren Fiske is not partisan?

True Believer: Not like Beck

 

Thinker: Of course you would say that. Another popular fact checker is factcheck.org. They are funded by the Annenberg Foundation which started out as a conservative organization but took a far left turn after their founder died. It now has ties to radical left individuals such as Bill Ayers, as well as Barack Obama.

 

Ayers was the key founder of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which was a Chicago public school reform project from 1995 to 2001. At its start in 1995, Obama was appointed Board Chairman and President of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Link

True Believer: Well, that’s pretty convenient – just reject all the fact checkers and make up your own facts.

 

Thinker: I’m not saying that everything the Democratic fact checkers come up with is not correct. Most of the hard facts they cite are accurate but they often go beyond the facts and make biased arguments against conservatives while giving the Left a pass on many of their questionable statements. If either side makes a provable error they are usually called on it but if any interpretation is involved they side with their bias and they are biased against the Republicans.

True Believer: I don’t care what you say; I’ll go with the fact checkers.

 

Thinker: Unless they go against your mindset. Let me give you some good advice.  Do not rely blindly on any authority but always do some verification for yourself and come to your own conclusions based on real facts along with some reason.  Let us try this ourselves now.  You name three lies you think were told at the Republican convention and I’ll pick three from the Democrats and we’ll analyze them using our own minds.  How does that sound?

True Believer: Okay, but I think you’ll regret this.

Copyright 2012 by J J Dewey

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