[Vision2020] Those stupid facts: the Republican reign of error

Nicholas Gier ngier006 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 20 10:08:18 PST 2016

A friend has pointed to me that the correct grammar is "fact averse" not
"aversive."  I regret the error.


On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 3:35 AM, Tom Hansen <thansen at moscow.com> wrote:

> Courtesy of today's (February 18, 2016) Moscow-Pullman Daily News with
> special thanks to Nick Gier.
> ---------------------------------
> His View: Those stupid facts: the Republican reign of error
> By Nick Gier, The Palouse Pundit
> In "There He Goes Again: Ronald Reagan's Reign of Error," Mark Green and
> Gail MacColl document over 300 errors and misstatements. Many of Reagan's
> bloopers would rate, according to the fact finders at Politifact, as "Pants
> on Fire," defined as ridiculously or inexcusably false. Here are two:
>    - On April 14, 1983, Reagan falsely reassured Americans that "we are
>    not trying to overthrow the Nicaraguan government," when in fact we were
>    arming the Contra rebels.
>    - In an interview in Time magazine's Dec. 8, 1986, edition, Reagan
>    stated that "another country was facilitating those sales of weapon systems
>    to Iran." Of course the truth was that his own government did it, and some
>    of the proceeds were funneled to the Contras.
> Green and MacColl were not using the same methodology as Politifact. They
> combed Reagan's entire record.
> Politifact states that we "can't possibly check all claims, so we select
> the most newsworthy and significant ones." Their analysts choose statements
> that can be most easily verified. Their careful, in-depth analysis is as
> balanced as it is impressive. Politifact's ratings include true, mostly
> true, half true, mostly false, false and Pants on Fire.
> In the current presidential campaign, averaging the percentages from their
> Truth-O-Meter for the six top GOP candidates (Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Bush,
> Kasich and Carson), 57 percent of their statements are in Politifact's
> three false categories.
> With a grand total of five true statements, Trump, Cruz and Carson (he has
> none) bring down the average dramatically. If one removes them from this
> list, Rubio, Bush and Kasich average 65 percent in the true categories.
> With regard to true, mostly true and half true statements, Clinton and
> Sanders average 70 percent. The Democratic candidates have a total of two
> Pants on Fire - both for Clinton. They are the false claim that ISIS was
> using Trump in their videos, and "I remember landing under sniper fire" in
> Bosnia.
> Following in the footsteps of Mitt Romney, whose record 19 Pants on Fire
> were 9 percent of his 2012 campaign statements (Obama had nine for 2
> percent), the six Republicans have racked up 37 ridiculous falsehoods that
> account for 9 percent of their total statements.
> So far, Trump has 18 Pants on Fire, and he won Politifact's distinction of
> 2015 Liar of the Year. Here are four "huuuge" bloopers:
>    - "The unemployment rate may be as high as 42 percent."
>    - "Crime statistics show blacks kill 81 percent of white homicide
>    victims." This is one lie that drove Dylan Roof to murder nine black church
>    members.
>    - "I watched in Jersey City where thousands and thousands of people
>    were cheering" as the World Trade Center collapsed. In some versions of
>    this, American Muslims are implicated.
>    - "The Mexican government sends the bad ones over." The fact is that
>    more people are now going back to Mexico than coming.
> The pants of the other candidates are also on fire. Lying about Obamacare
> is a daily occurrence, as Rubio demonstrates: Because of the Affordable
> Care Act, "75 percent of small businesses now say they are either firing
> workers or cutting their hours."
> Bush joins all Republicans in trashing Planned Parenthood by saying that
> it is "not actually doing women's health issues," when in fact that is 97
> percent of its efforts.
> For being way out there, Ben Carson takes the prize. His statements - 85
> percent of the time - are mostly false, false or Pants on Fire. Most likely
> because it has no political value, Politifact does not count his absurd
> theory that the Egyptians stored grain in their pyramids.
> In 1983 Reagan said "make sure I'm telling you the truth," but his
> present-day Republicans are so fact aversive I don't believe they are
> capable of doing so.
> ---------------------------------
> Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .
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> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
> "There's room at the top they are telling you still.
> But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
> If you want to be like the folks on the hill."
> - John Lennon
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