Claims of fact

The claims of fact one would have thought would be the easiest to test.  The persistent question of President Obama’s faith is fed as much by such false claims, couched in innuendo and insinuation.  Timothy Eagan’s op-ed argues we are becoming a nation of “know-nothings,” fed in large part by professional “deniers,” such as Rush Limbaugh:  for example, “Tomorrow is Obama’s birthday — not that we’ve seen any proof of that,” he said on Aug. 3. “They tell us Aug. 4 is the birthday; we haven’t seen any proof of that.”

This kind of problem has given rise to Politifact (which the Statesman carries) and


4 Responses to “Claims of fact”

  1. Devon Says:

    Well, it looks like the Information explosion the Internet ushered in has become quite the double edged sword. The first scholars and tech savy persons of opinion who bantered back and forth in the web’s early Usenet groups were full of pluck and optimism about the possibilities of this “free and open marketplace of ideas.” Now it turns out that this marketplace of ideas is much like any other market place, good advertising and pushy producers win out over quality products and integrity.
    Beck, Limbaugh, and Fox News are all guilty of the same purposefully misleading tactics employed by a company like McDonalds, trying to rebrand a chicken sandwich as a “health item” despite the obvious information to the contrary. With McDonalds however, at least the opposing side has been able to mount a fairly convincing opposition and I’d like to think few people wolfing down Big Macs these days do so under the assumption that they’re eating health food.
    The Democrats and liberals though, have done a piss poor job at correcting these errors and, beyond that, have not even supplanted the errors with their own opposing opinions. The health care debate was ravaged by outrageous lies, yet the Dems never even bothered to spin any of the millions of true “my insurance company cheated me” stories into heartbreaking 20/20 pieces. Beck and Limbaugh attempt to crucify Obama (despite the fact he’s not even a Christian) daily for the slightest infractions yet Limbaugh’s pill addiction and the Republican party’s nonstop cavalcade of gay sex scandals get passed into yesterday’s news with barely a murmur of outrage.
    I think the fight to preserve “truth” might be a losing battle now that the debate on what is and isn’t true has been opened up to the masses and taken out of editorial board meetings and halls of academia. And that’s fine, I never really thought of truth as anything much more than the democratization of subjectivity. I’d just like to see the other side step up to the plate and swing back with something… anything really, to get their point across.

  2. Huma Munir Says:

    I heartily agree. Such insinuations and obscure remarks about Obama’s faith in the media are enough to sway the minds and hearts of American public. The importance of gathering facts and proving something is true is becoming more significant. Such manipulations of media have lessened the credibility of Journalism and people are turning towards news sources that present two sides of the story.

  3. Olivia Wiley Says:

    I really hate how the media seems be used as a breeding ground for spreading lies. The entire purpose of its (online blogging, web articles, and broadcast news) creation was to enable the spreading of news to thousands and possible millions of people all around the world at nearly the same time. While reading this article, I questioned whether or not it was biased–even from the NY Times! It’s a reason why I never feel as if I can trust the media anymore…it’s supposed to be our source for the truth; instead it’s becoming more of a source for lies.

    No matter how much I continue to doubt the media…I do know there are those who are interested in simply putting the truth out there. I just hate that it’s something that can’t be found on the surface.

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