Your False Equivalency Orgy of the Day

10 Jan

Some dude from The Weekly Standard and another guy from the Washington Post discuss the value of political fact checking on Talk of the Nation. The highlight comes from the Weekly Standard dude who is, like, all anti-fact checking and shit:

HEMINGWAY: Well, there’s a number of reasons why I arrived at that conclusion. One of the facts I pointed out in the piece was that the University of Minnesota School of Public Affairs had actually done a survey of PolitiFact, and they evaluated all 500 statements that PolitiFact had rated from January of 2010 to January of 2011.

And they found that of the 98 statements that PolitiFact had rated false, 74 of them were by Republicans. Now, I can think of a number of reasons why you might cite one party over the other more, in terms of, you know, who was telling the truth and who wasn’t. But doing that at a rate of three to one strikes me as awfully suspicious, particularly when, if you delve into the specifics of the statements that they cited, there’s all kinds of problematic things contained there, whereas they are, you know, like you’re mentioned, they’re often fact-checking opinions and providing counter-arguments to, you know, stated opinions.

Huh. Well, Mark, maybe the problem isn’t the fact-checking methodology, but the fact that YOUR PARTY FUCKING LIES ALL THE FUCKING TIME???

Of course, this is the same dude who later said that Sarah Palin’s claim of death panels wasn’t technically a lie, so I think it’s clear that he technically lives in a different universe than the rest of us.

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6 Responses to “Your False Equivalency Orgy of the Day”

  1. willradik 01.10.2012 at 22:40 #

    This post is obviously a liberal media fabrication, but it’s okay because you’ll probably take it back once the windmills slow down the wind and we start dying.

  2. Another Kiwi 01.11.2012 at 02:54 #

    Equally obvious is the fact that Politifact goes about it’s fact-checking with a flawed methodology. As has been demonstrated, the best way to find out who is lying is to dress up like a pimp for photos, then change into normal clothes and go and secretly tape people that you put into odd situations. Then you edit the video and leak it slowly onto the internet through psychotics like Andrew Breitbart.
    Scientific rigor, people! It’s not a breakfast cereal!

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© 01.11.2012 at 08:36 #

    Politifact even when out of its way to highlight some Democratic “lie”.

    And it wasn’t even a lie!

    Republicans lie more and more, precisely because our media doesn’t make them pay a price for it.
    ~

  4. truculentandunreliable 01.11.2012 at 10:00 #

    Will, I’m pretty sure we’ll all be gayborted first.

    AK, don’t forget about sex tape machines. You can’t do anything without sex tape machines.

    ittdgy–I KNOW. He later said that he wouldn’t be suspicious if the proportion of Republican lies to Democratic lies was more like 60/40, so I guess Mr. Hemingway’s point is really that Politifact needs to start making up more bullshit.

  5. Big Bad Bald Bastard 01.11.2012 at 15:10 #

    Huh. Well, Mark, maybe the problem isn’t the fact-checking methodology, but the fact that YOUR PARTY FUCKING LIES ALL THE FUCKING TIME???

    It’s funny how his own piece gives the game away.

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