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    Think Progress Meltdown

    The liberal media was in full assault mode during the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The main attack line is that once he’s on the Court, he will overturn Roe v. Wade. Pretty much the end of the world is upon us…if you live in CNN-land. The fact is that the Left has lost this battle. The GOP has the votes to confirm Kavanaugh. He will be seated, and conservatives will have a solid 5-4 majority on the Court. Yet, for Think Progress, a new front has opened up in their war against this nomination. The enemy is Facebook. Why? Well, the right-leaning Weekly Standard fact-checked them on the claim that Kavanaugh would overturn Roe—and Facebook agreed concerning social media distribution, adding the Standard piece below rating the claim as false. A meltdown ensued:



    Think Progress got called out for peddling liberal trash, which was also not true. And then, they have the temerity to say that Facebook is pandering and catering to conservatives.

    “Facebook’s entire relationship with The Weekly Standard appears driven by reckless disregard for the truth,” they conclude. You know what’s worse about getting wrecked like this? Having fellow liberals say you’re wrong. Enter William Saletan of Slate:

    This is a matter of fact, not ideology. On Facebook, headlines are far more visible and widely read than articles are. The headline on the ThinkProgress article was false. Kavanaugh didn’t say he would kill Roe. And the Standard was right to point this out.

    The Standard has offered to withdraw the “false” rating if ThinkProgress changes its headline. But as of Wednesday, ThinkProgress hadn’t budged. Millhiser insists the headline is true. According to Merriam-Webster, he argues, “the verb ‘say’ or ‘said’ can mean to ‘indicate,’ ‘show,’ or ‘communicate’ an idea.” He maintains that Kavanaugh “indicated, showed, or communicated his intention to overrule Roe” by doing two things. First, a year ago, Kavanaugh said that a 1997 Supreme Court opinion, Washington v. Glucksberg, was “not consistent” with Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 opinion that reaffirmed Roe. Second, during last week’s hearings, Kavanaugh said “all roads lead to the Glucksberg test” as the Supreme Court’s rule for defining rights not enumerated in the Constitution.

    This is an interesting argument. But it doesn’t show that Kavanaugh “said” he would kill Roe. Let’s start with the dictionary entry Millhiser cited. It defines “say” as “state,” “declare,” “utter,” or “recite.” The only cases in which the definition refers to softer interpretations—“indicate,” “show,” or “communicate”—are when the act is nonverbal. The dictionary gives two examples: “the clock says five minutes after twelve,” and “a glance that said all that was necessary.” Kavanaugh is a person, not a clock. He spoke in words, not glances. To prove he said something, you have to show he said it.

    Get Wrecked: Think Progress Had A Meltdown After They Got Fact Checked By The Weekly Standard

    someone at Slate told the true for a change .....


    Facebook’s idea of ‘fact-checking’: Censoring ThinkProgress because conservative site told them to

    A perfect example of how Facebook is catering to conservatives.

    Last year, Facebook announced that it would partner with The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, to “fact check” news articles that are shared on Facebook. At the time, ThinkProgress expressed alarm at this decision.

    The Weekly Standard has a history of placing right-wing ideology before accurate reporting. Among other things, it labeled the Iraq War “A War to Be Proud Of” in 2005, and it ran an article in 2017 labeling climate science “Dadaist Science,” and promoted that article with the phrase “look under the hood on climate change ‘science’ and what you see isn’t pretty.”



    WT Actual F Facebook Catering to Conservatives
    We’re tempted to suggest a conspiracy here — but it’s just liberals agreeing yet again that conservatives have hidden, evil motives, because modern liberals simply can’t conceive of any other reason to disagree with the liberal consensus.

    “Moral precepts are constant through the ages and not obedient to circumstances.”

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    WT Actual F Facebook Catering to Conservatives
    "Accuse your opponent of doing what you are guilty of."

    They've been doing this for years. In fact, that's the first clue what these corrupt aholes are up to: they'll accuse some Republican of doing it.
    "Too much agreement kills a chat."
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