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Politifact’s Lie of the Year 2015

Posted in Uncategorized by Michael LaBossiere on December 21, 2015

I was quoted in Politifact’s Lie of the Year 2015 article. This was not because my lie won; two of my quotes about the winner were used in the article. Well, maybe next year I’ll be the winner.

Since Politifact (perhaps wisely) does not have a comment section under the essay, I thought I would offer people the chance to comment about it here.

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  1. ajmacdonaldjr said, on December 21, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.” ~ Joseph Goebbels

  2. TJB said, on December 22, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Congrats on being mentioned.

    I still think it wrong to conflate criticism of Islam with racism.

    • ronster12012 said, on December 24, 2015 at 10:32 am

      TJ

      Calling criticism of islam racist is just a usual shaming tactic. Most white people have been conditioned to avoid being called racist or bigoted or xenophobic or homophobic etc….any of the ‘phobics’ in fact.

      So it works….until it stops working, and it seems that we may be approaching that point where people stop caring what names they are called in the search for truth.

    • Michael LaBossiere said, on December 28, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      A fair point. Trump does seem to weave in some appeals to racism, but going strictly by his words he is expressing religious intolerance towards Muslims rather than racism.

  3. TJB said, on December 28, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    “…going strictly by his words he is expressing religious intolerance towards Muslims rather than racism.”

    Strictly speaking he is only intolerant toward those who would do us harm, but as no one seems to be able to tell us how to distinguish between a peaceful Muslim and a violent one he is just playing it safe.


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