In 2014 John Kerry stated, “we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons” out of Syria.
Politifact, a ‘fact check’ website dedicated to justifying partisan talking points, rated it as Mostly True. (It is worth noting that, as usual, their sources come completely from leftist NGO’s, the Obama administration, and left-leaning media, because fact checking only ever means listening to one side of the aisle for Politifact.) In their scramble to cover their butts for spouting the party line instead of actually fact-checking, they came out with this delightful quote in this week’s hasty retraction.
In fact, international investigators concluded last year that the Syrian government had gamed the system.
So, it was clear during the election that the Democrat party must override the truth at all times for Politifact. Politifact’s retraction this week stated that, oops, the UN had reported in October of 2016 multiple accounts of the Syrians dropping chemical weapons on its population.
But of course, if they had issued a retraction based on the UN Council’s evidence when the UN’s evidence came forward, that would have hurt their partisan overlords, so they stayed silent until the corpses of dead babies were paraded all over the international screen to highlight their willingness to ignore facts and delay retractions so long as it benefited The Party. If they had come forward with that Secretary of State Clinton and John Kerry’s victory had been hollow, that a petty 3rd-world dictator had just made them look like credulous incompetents, and people were still dying on the far side of Obama’s never-enforced red line, well gosh, that might have cost them votes, so who cares about the truth when there was political power to be gained?
This isn’t the first time that Politifact has been caught blatantly lying or suppressing the truth for their masters. It is just the most recent.
When NBC news was caught editing the George Zimmerman tapes to paint him as a racist, cutting and pasting his statements, and suggesting that he made racist slurs that he never did, Politifcat’s fact-checking mission stayed silent. There is no need to check facts when a voice of The Party is rigging a trial against a minority member who doesn’t toe the party line.
In terms of actively lying for politics: Two weeks ago Politifact attacked conservative talk show host Mark Hewitt’s statement that Obamacare was in a death spiral as false.
Here is one quote against him (emphasis added):
Hewitt referred to a New York Times article that quotes the president of Aetna saying that in many places people will lose health care insurance.
We couldn’t find that article, but a simple remark on how premiums are rising and insurers are leaving the marketplace is not enough evidence to meet the actuarial definition of a death spiral.
Here are the results of my Google search for the article (took 2 seconds):
So, which is the honest way to discuss this? I might go with, “Hewitt mistakenly attributed the Aetna CEO’s comments to The New York Times instead of Bloomburg, Fox News, and Money.com.” Instead they pretended there was no evidence that Aetna’s CEO said what he has been repeating throughout the national media.
Oh, and by the way, simply adding the NYTIMES to my search put the article in question right at the top of the list! So a guy who works 4 jobs in northern Minnesota can find in 3 seconds what the entire staff at Politifact can’t find in the time it takes to produce a professional article?!
–Or maybe they aren’t actually trying to find any contradictory evidence to their political talking points and partisan attacks. Honestly it is easier to assume that they are competent journalists who are deliberately lying to than to assume someone has twice my income with .01% of my researching skills.
The attack article violated Politifact’s own publication standards by omitting any citation to a specific CBO report to back their claim that the CBO disagreed with Hewitt’s point, but hey, Democrats haven’t held themselves to their own standards ever since Clinton’s impeachment for perjury under oath, for which he was disbarred.
The point is, I have caught Politifact hiding new information for political allegiance. I have caught them ignoring fact-checks and stories about falsehood committed by their own party out of political allegiance. I have caught them lying about the evidence that can and can’t be found for their political allegiance.
I feel really good about not laughing in the face of the last liberal who quoted Politifacts at me as proof. For starters, laughing in someone’s face is a great way to never make any headway with them in discussion ever again. For another, that time it wasn’t the best way to go forward.
Now, I have only used primary source material here. You haven’t gotten a single quote about Politifact from me that came from Fox News, Daily Wire, or more vitriolic but hilarious commentators like Stephen Crowder. Their commentaries about Politifact are even more entertaining, but it only matters if I can back up my statements with primary sources, what they have said, where they said it, and where it is false.
Politifact will bury the truth for political gain. I have shown you that they have done this with chemical weapons in Syria until forced to do so by the bodies of dead children.
Politifact will ignore lies from their own side, the perfect example of “lie by omission” that still constitutes perjury in the court system. The fact that they present themselves as fact checkers and ignore inconvenient facts makes them liars and hypocrites.
Politifact will either lie about its own research or is so incompetent that it can’t find articles that I can find in 10 seconds or less. I leave it to you to decide if this is more lying or such blatant incompetence that it beggars belief.
…and I will repeat: Never quote Politifact in my presence as a single point source. They have no credibility with me. Every article of theirs that I have researched I have personally found to be inaccurate, slanted, or deliberately false.
Folks, it takes a lot to push me to this point. I can, will, and have cited the UN (which I despise even more after I caught them covering up their own child prostitution rings in southern Africa), the New York Times (which I think is as anti-American as it can be), and the Huffington Post (even more blatantly partisan than Politifact but they don’t claim otherwise). Some right-wing whack jobs like Alex Jones sometimes find a good story (like 20% of the time). I abhor Milo Yianoppoulos’s interpersonal approach, but he has spread some awareness of statistical analysis that’s worth repeating. Before Breitbart turned on its own reporters and had a political purge to become Trump’s own Pravda I enjoyed them because they were a staff of California liberals driven to the right out of a hatred of bullying and leftist McCarthyism, but now I will read them and then double-check their assertions for myself. Hell’s bells, even The National Inquirer broke the news about John Edwards’s affair which pretty much proves that even people who believe that aliens fathered the ghost of Elvis’s love child can sometimes get something right.
Why? Sometimes they can find good nuggets. I have caught them publishing items that undermine their own agendas if the facts are irrefutable. They have to be dragged kicking and screaming to it, but it can happen.
I have no evidence that Politifact has ever done so. Their self-identification is as a research and fact-checking organization, and they don’t do their research or check their facts beyond their own confirmation bias. They are either hypocritical liars or incompetents, and I don’t buy incompetence.
Ok… so what does this big long rant have to do with your God Thought?
Part of it ties into yesterday’s post about defending people’s honor. Part of it comes into another area where American culture and the Bible don’t necessarily mesh all that well.
A huge part of it is a generational difference between my own upbringing and millennials’s education. The desire to go to primary sources, the knowledge of how to do it, and the personal assurance that comes with having done your own research instead of parroting what you hear in your own echo chambers or urban political bubbles (on both sides) is something that no one can take away from you. Ever since the 1990’s that skill has been undermined in educational systems in order to create a desired outcome of government-sanctioned worldview. When people could do their own research, checked their own sources, and did not rely upon Politifact, Media Matters, or others to do it for them, folks came up with a wide variety of conclusions and opinions. That diversity is antithetical to assuring a single party’s dominance in power, so it had to be done away with. Something called research is taught, but it is a sickly cousin to what used to be presented in schools.
This is the scientific method that I was raised with:
- A scientist comes up with a theory.
- The scientist predicts measurable results in nature or in a laboratory experiment to confirm or deny their theory.
- The scientist observes nature or laboratory experiments and records results.
- If the results in #2 and #3 match, the theory stands until someone comes up with a better way to test it. If the results in #2 and #3 do not match, the theory is invalid and needs rejected or amended.
Here is the scientific method as it is practiced today:
- A scientist comes up with a theory.
- The theory is compared with a list of Unquestionable Conclusions to see if it may threaten Scientific Consensus.
- Passing the Political Permission test, the scientist goes forward with observation and experiment.
- If the observed data matches the predictions, the theory holds. If the data does not match the predictions, but the failure does not threaten Unquestionable Conclusions, the theory needs amended or rejected. If the data does not match predictions, but the failure threatens Unquestionable Conclusions, the Priests of Scientific Orthodoxy will ignore or revise the original predictions to defend the faith, or the scientist will be excommunicated from the scientific community and denied standing to threaten the Established Order.
So I have followed the hard sciences as a hobby since I was a child. At one point before I was nine a family member asked at one of my birthday parties, as best as I can remember, “Jesus Christ, Dot, when can we get the little freak something besides science encyclopedias?” I went back to school for Physics and was 3rd in my grade before the program closed. I love science, and it breaks my heart to hear stories from professors who were told that if they published their findings or applied for their grant, they would lose their jobs because their evidence Could Not Be Allowed. Creationists, global warming skeptics, even members of Greenpeace who didn’t think socialism had to be the answer for everything… On and on I watch while the truth gets killed for political expediency, then the very people who betray the core of science for their cushy jobs at environmental think tanks shout that the science is settled after silencing any other voice.
My God Thought is to have a quick word about liars. The late British evangelist G. K. Chesterton had a quote that said something like this:
Societies do not differ so much on which behaviors are called sins, but which sins are called acceptable.
Here in the USA lies are quite acceptable. I’m disgusted with the political parties because they don’t care whether or not their candidates lie so long as they win, they get power, or they beat the hated opposition. It isn’t just about national power. We lie to our brothers and sisters in Christ to ask us how we are doing. We lie to each other for big reasons and small, and as long as the result is immediate peace, or a temporary avoidance of difficulty, we tell ourselves that we have done the right thing. Sometimes we will lie to ourselves and to God, and say that it doesn’t matter if we have confessed our old sins, or even changed our old ways, because time and not the cross of Christ will make it stop mattering.
Just like Politifact we have one standard for ourselves and another for the other guy. When Bill Cosby was dragged to court for wrongdoings done in the late 1970’s we cheered. When Bill Clinton was dragged to impeachment for perjury, or one of his 13 sexual assault accusers came forward in the news, we shouted that it was old news and didn’t matter how well he did his job. People who never listened to the grand jury testimony shout in the streets about the Ferguson shooting. Major news networks twist and selectively edit evidence to fit their narratives.
For those who believe that the truth is being silenced about the causes we care about, I have good news. For those who believe that the truth about what you have done is gone and past because you have moved on or ignored it for long enough, I have a grave and terrible warning.
In the meantime, when so many thousands of people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.” -Luke 12:1-3 ESV (Jesus speaking)
And again in the Epistles we learn:
As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. (No longer drink only water, but use a little wind for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.) The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden. -1 Timothy 5:20-25 emphasis added
11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it.From his presence oearth and sky fled away, and pno place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and qbooks were opened. Then another book was opened,which is rthe book of life. And sthe dead were judged by what was written in the books, taccording to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, uDeath and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, taccording to what they had done. 14 Then uDeath and Hades vwere thrown into the lake of fire. This is wthe second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, xhe was thrown into the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:11-15 ESV
If you want justice, you will have it. If you fear judgment, now is the time to flee it. I have repeated the list of sins several times over the past few posts, but I still haven’t covered all the times that God’s Word warns us. It’s hard to hear, and often unpleasant to say, because the only difference between those who need to change and those who are struggling onward with God’s help is faith and trust that leads to repentance. It isn’t the absence of sin, or error. It isn’t even a perfect life going forward. Every time I give this list I know fully well that they proclaim that I deserve death and hell apart from Christ’s grace extended to me, and I know that those outside the Body of Christ are never going to understand that. But that doesn’t get me off the hook telling the truth. I can’t share the abomination of the things I’ve done wrong for the abomination of justifying those who go on doing wrong. I can’t trade the hypocrisy of living a sinful life and pretending I am good for the hypocrisy of trying to follow Christ and pretending that the deliberately wicked are good.
I can’t trade abomination for abomination. I can’t trade hypocrisy for hypocrisy and lie for lie, or I’m still stuck with abomination, hypocrisy, and lies. I don’t want to live like that. I want to live with hope, faith, and love. I want more purity because Jesus made me pure. I want more truth because Jesus is the truth.
And sometimes chasing the truth means following God’s example when he says something harsh that needs saying, in the hope that he can be gentle on the other side.
Did you miss the last list? Do you really not know what the standard is? Here you go:
And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of water of life without payment. The one who conquered will have the heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death. -Revelation 21:
Every single person is on this list. Every single one of us has had an idol, been immoral in thought or deed, failed to do what was right or actively done what was wrong.
So let me tell you one final truth, because it can never be said enough:
Christ Jesus Came to Save Sinners
12 I thank him xwho has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord,because he judged me faithful, yappointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, zpersecutor, and insolent opponent. But aI received mercy bbecause I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and cthe grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the dfaith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is etrustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus fcame into the world to save sinners, gof whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To hthe King of the ages, iimmortal, jinvisible, kthe only God, lbe honor and glory forever and ever.4 Amen.
-1 Timothy 1:12-17, Paul the murderer and persecutor of Jesus’ family speaking.
God is real. He loves you, but he is a just judge who cannot set the rules aside. So he paid the price that I earned, the death that we all earned, with his own precious son, so that we would not have to pay, so that we could live as we were meant to live: eternally, with love and joy, perfect health and happiness, forever, in the home prepared for us before the shining of the very first star.
By God’s grace I will be there. If you aren’t heading there already, if you still have some lie your are harboring, or telling on behalf of others, please consider turning today to the Savior of all. His name is Jesus. Contact your local church. I know for certain that someone there will gladly help you with the introductions.
All Bible verses come from the ESV courtesy of ESV.org, used with permission.