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WND Spills Blood, Tears, Jizz In Exit Interview With Michele Bachmann

When in doubt, use this picture
Now that Michele Bachmann has said a God-filled farewell to the House of Representatives, she’s also doing a valedictory tour of rightwing media, or at least WorldNetDaily. It is titled — we swear we are not making this up — “GOP Legend Quits Congress With Message For America,” which is pretty loose usage if you ask us. Myth, yes, legend, not hardly. Read more on WND Spills Blood, Tears, Jizz In Exit Interview With Michele Bachmann…
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BREAKING: Jesse Ventura Wrong About Nazi Water Fluoridation

This is a man who knows about conspiracies
Of the many things that you may have been worried about this week, the good fact-checkers at Politifact would like to free you of one possible source of anxiety: No, the practice of water fluoridation did not begin in Nazi Germany. Please remain calm and go about your business. Read more on BREAKING: Jesse Ventura Wrong About Nazi Water Fluoridation…
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Politifact: Why Is Martina Navratilova Lying By Saying All These True Things?

So you probably heard about Jason Collins, the sportsball man who said he was gay last week? And almost everyone said, Oh, that’s nice, sure, except for the usual crowd of jerks? And of course we all know that Collins was not really the first gay sportsball man, or even the first gay sportsballer or anything, because that person’s identity is Lost in the Mists of History. But anyway, one of the first sportsball people to be openly gay, the awesome hulking Slavic lesbianista Martina Navratilova, made the rounds of the news programs to talk about the social significance of Collins’s being out, and on CBS’s Face the Nation said this: “We still don’t have equal rights. I have been getting [questions] on Twitter, ‘Why does this matter? I don’t care.’ Which is kind of code for, ‘I really don’t want to know.’ But it does matter because in 29 states in this country you can still get fired for not just being gay but if your employer thinks you are gay.” And so Politifact, which now apparently is fact-checking retired pro athletes, to contribute to serious political discourse, checked into Navratilova’s claim, determined that employers in 29 states can indeed fire people for being gay, and rated Navratilova’s statement as “half true,” because it turns out that there are a few exceptions. The Politifactualists seem to have forgotten that they have a category called “Mostly True” for things that are, you know, mostly true. Read more on Politifact: Why Is Martina Navratilova Lying By Saying All These True Things?…
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Does Fox Nation (The Website) Lie As Much As Fox News (The Cable Channel)? Probably!

When Americans think of “lying Rupert Murdoch-owned filthyweasels spewing rightwing talking points,” they of course think of Fox News. But There’s a whole ‘nother arm of the Murdoch Bullshit Machine that operates semi-independently of the Fox News domain, and that’s their terrible stinky community website, Fox Nation (motto: “We’re The One That Allows Comments”), which basically is a news aggregation site whose unidentified editors take stories from other sources, slap inflammatory headlines / summaries on ‘em, and then presumably spend the rest of the day drinking heavily, which is perhaps the only thing they have in common with Yr Wonkette. While the main Fox News operation is the monster that gets most of the attention from critics like Jon Stewart or Media Matters, Fox Nation is its pimply younger brother, always trying to keep up and usually in need of a shower. Blogger Mark Howard, of NewsCorpse.com, has addressed this inequity by devoting time on his site to a regular feature called “Fox Nation vs. Reality,” and has collected 50 of his favorites into an e-book, Fox Nation vs. Reality: The Fox News Community’s Assault On Truth (for Amazon’s Kindle, but also readable with an app for computers & smartphones). Shall we now review this e-book? Yes, we shall. (We shall also announce our coming Wonket Book Club! You probably definitely want to read that.) Read more on Does Fox Nation (The Website) Lie As Much As Fox News (The Cable Channel)? Probably!…
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Sad Face: Wonkette Bread And Butter Michele Bachmann May Be In Trouble

We’d really hate to jinx anything, so we are typing this with our fingers crossed: America’s Craziest Legislator Michele Bachmann (R-Circular Ruins), despite the advantages of a fanatical national following and a very conservative district, just might not be a shoo-in for reelection this fall. (Also, OW! OW! OW! Do not try to type that way.) Read more on Sad Face: Wonkette Bread And Butter Michele Bachmann May Be In Trouble…
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Mitt Romney To Stone Cold Politifact Barack Obama

Mitt Romney, that terrible, audacious liar, is going to approach the debates as a way of letting America know what a terrible, audacious liar Barack Obama is, because as Sun Tzu said, “Approach your weaknesses like the spineless sack of poo that you are.” Read more on Mitt Romney To Stone Cold Politifact Barack Obama…
  at least sarah palin screws up on questions other people ask her

Michele Bachmann Constantly Answering Her Own Questions Wrong

If you had to take a test where you also got to make up all the questions, would you probably still answer all of them wrong? Yes, you would, if you are lunatic Bible-humper Michele Bachmann. A Politifact.com analysis of 24 “Michele Bachmann statements” showed that 23 of those fell somewhere between stretching the truth and utterly insane. Maybe the 6th dimension is actually just inside Michele Bachmann’s mind? In the horror movie trailer of her thoughts, America killed everyone in Libya with a bomb strike Nagasaki-style, the entire U.S. strategic oil reserve is at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico left there by Obama alongside the Newt Gingrich campaign, and the tens of thousands of dollars her family farm received in federal handouts are fictional products of everyone else’s imagination. Read more on Michele Bachmann Constantly Answering Her Own Questions Wrong…
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Ben Smith Uncovers Vicious Smear Campaign Against Trig

Trig Palin is a hot commodity, and when you say he’s at places he’s definitely not, you have to answer to Ben Smith! Ben Smith did not care for the Journalism in that Vanity Fair Sarah Palin piece, as we noted yesterday, but now he has done some digging and found out Trig wasn’t even at an event the piece said he was at. It turns out the Down Syndrome baby at that event was just some random Down Syndrome baby, and not Trig, who commands a hefty $100,000-a-pop speaking rate and won’t even step foot in Missouri and risk being compared to his political rival, Roy Blunt. Read more on Ben Smith Uncovers Vicious Smear Campaign Against Trig…