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Snopes ‘Fact-Checks’ My RedState Article, Spends Most of Its Time Attacking Trump & Suggesting I’m a Jerk

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Where do you go when you wanna know the truth? Snopes.

At least, that’s the word on the street. Or it was.

But what’s happened to the formerly forensic site?

In December, The Daily Caller ran the story “Snopes, Fact-Checker for Facebook and Google, Botches Fact Check.”

In March, TDC published “Snopes Gets the Facts Wrong on Ocasio-Cortez Campaign Finance Scandals.”

Shortly after Valentine’s Day, Snopes fact-checked The Babylon Bee.

Oops.

And at the beginning of the year, they fact-checked…me.

Or, at least, my article.

Back in January, I wrote my biggest article ever:Lesbian Couple Identifying As Straight Couple Prepares To Transition 5-Yr-Old Son Into A Daughter.”

That thing just wouldn’t stop. It popped up everywhere, from Reddit to AR15.com.

Just a few months ago, I mentioned the viral victory to a teenaged relative. They were stunned“You wrote that??” They’d seen it somewhere, randomly online.

If you haven’t read it yet, please do. Snopes did. And in response, rather than addressing its reality, they took to the webisphere to teach America how to be.

What was their answer to the question, “Is a ‘Lesbian Couple’ Preparing to Transition Their Son Into a Daughter?”

Well, it was — basically — “Alex Parker is a JERK.”

Their subheading: “Words and context matter when it comes to discussing marginalized groups.”

Snopes began with a very short snippet from my article, followed by three sentences summing up the family about whom I wrote and the harassment they had faced.

Then the rest of their coverage went like this:

Nothing is technically inaccurate about the quoted portion of RedState’s story, but it is worded in a way that can be read as insensitive to the plights of transgender persons. As noted, the married couple consists of a transgender man and a woman, so stating they are a “lesbian” couple negates one partner’s identity as a transgender man.

According to guidance from the National Center for Transgender Equality, members of the media should refer to transgender people according to their gender identities: A transgender man is the term for a transgender person who currently identifies as a man, while the term transgender woman refers to a transgender person who currently identifies as a woman.

It went on to attack Trump, complete with POTUS tweets. Wait — WHAT?

Although the family in question resides in Scotland, the transgender community is frequently the target of election-time flame wars in the United States over which bathrooms they should be permitted to use, and the Trump administration has also instituted a series of actions aimed at whittling down transgender protections under the law. In a series of tweets posted on 26 January 2017, President Trump instituted a ban on transgender persons’ serving in the military:

What the heck is happening??

The fact-check of a lesbian-transgender RedState article ended thusly:

The ban was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on 22 January 2019, in a decision that allowed the restriction to remain place while legal challenges to it worked their way through the court system. In a reversal of course from his predecessor, Barack Obama, the Trump administration has also sought to narrowly “define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with.”

Does that seem like the work of an objective fact-checking site?

Why must seemingly everything in the world turn political? What’s wrong with some things simply sticking to the facts? That’s what Snopes claims to do. Or so I thought.

Their homepage now advertises, “We bring you fact-checking and original, in-depth reporting.”

Sadly, they’ve become the Jim Acosta of fact-checking. And that “reporter” stinks (here, here, here, here, and here).

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here.

See 3 more pieces from me:

WATCH: 8-Year-Old Girl Ava Martinez Does Her Best Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, & The Dead-On Video Goes Viral

Making Herstory: Medical Miracle Allows Lesbian Couple To Carry The Same Baby

Actor James ‘Capitalism Is A Cancer’ Cromwell Threatens ‘Blood In The Streets’ If The Dems Don’t Win

Find all my RedState work here.

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More AOC: Facts don’t matter when you’re “morally right”

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Scoff at this all you want, but on this point Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sounds more mainstream — and bipartisan — than most would admit. During his 60 Minutes interview with the new House member, Anderson Cooper confronted Ocasio-Cortez with a whopper about Pentagon spending that earned her four Pinocchios at the Washington Post. Ocasio-Cortez replied that being “morally right” means never having to account for facts:

COOPER: One of the criticisms of you is that– that your math is fuzzy. The Washington Post recently awarded you four Pinocchios —

OCASIO-CORTEZ: Oh my goodness —

COOPER: — for misstating some statistics about Pentagon spending?

OCASIO-CORTEZ: If people want to really blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue that they’re missing the forest for the trees. I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.

COOPER: But being factually correct is important–

OCASIO-CORTEZ: It’s absolutely important. And whenever I make a mistake. I say, “Okay, this was clumsy,” and then I restate what my point was. But it’s — it’s not the same thing as — as the president lying about immigrants. It’s not the same thing at all.

Actually, it’s precisely the same thing, and gets to my first point about this attitude being a lot more mainstream than either side wants to pretend. Earlier in the day, Chris Wallace dressed down Sarah Huckabee Sanders for doing the same thing with border security claims — misusing statistics and taking data wildly out of context in service to a moral claim:

“But Special Interest Aliens are just people who come from countries that have ever produced a terrorist. They’re not terrorists themselves,” Wallace said to Sanders after showing a clip of Nielsen’s remarks.

“And the State Department says that there is, quote, their words: no credible evidence of any terrorist coming across the border from Mexico,” he added.

Sanders responded: “We know that roughly, nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally, and we know that our most vulnerable point of entry is at our southern border.”

Wallace said he studied up on the issue because he knew Sanders would bring it up.

“Do you know where those 4,000 people come — where they’re captured?,” Wallace asked her. “Airports.”

“Not always,” she said.

“At airports,” he insisted.

“The State Department says there hasn’t been any terrorists that they’ve found coming across the southern border with Mexico,” Wallace continued.

Back to AOC, Aaron Blake points out that this wasn’t a one-off:

But that $21 trillion estimate isn’t necessarily waste; it’s just sloppily accounted for, according to that study. It’s also not just money the Pentagon spends; it includes money coming into the Pentagon. And that $32 billion price tag is an estimate for the first 10 years of “Medicare for All,” while the Pentagon number accounts for a 17-year period. Ocasio-Cortez’s numbers weren’t just wrong on the margins; her conclusion made no logical sense in light of the actual facts. What’s more, this isn’t the only claim she’s made that has been debunked; The Post’s team documented five false claims she made during an August media blitz following her primary upset of Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.).

What might be most problematic about Ocasio-Cortez’s defense, though, is the idea that people should care less about specific facts and more about being “morally right” — as if this is a zero-sum game in which the two can be weighed against one another. She’s practically saying, “Well, maybe I was wrong, but at least my cause is just.”

But this is the slipperiest of slopes — the kind of attitude you can use to justify pretty much anything to yourself. And it also just so happens to be the underlying ethos of the entire Trump presidency.

Yes indeed it is, but it’s one that didn’t start with Donald Trump, either. In the previous administration, Barack Obama told his share of whoppers, including the “if you like your plan you can keep your plan” lie regarding ObamaCare for the sake of the moral rightness of government intervention in insurance marketplaces. Remember the whopper about a YouTube video being the catalyst for the attack on our consular office in Benghazi? That was also told in service to a sense of moral rightness, the need to keep from blaming radical Islamists for terrorism … and the Obama administration for negligence in preparing for it.

It’s fair to say that this attitude seems more mainstream recently. What else did “Take Trump seriously, not literally” mean? Why wouldn’t that apply to Ocasio-Cortez as well? That’s the reason why standards matter, and why they’re worth more than rationalizations. There’s nothing new about people using the latter to claim that the former doesn’t apply to them. Perhaps what’s new is all the support they get for doing so.

The post More AOC: Facts don’t matter when you’re “morally right” appeared first on Hot Air.

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