February 6, 2017

Tying Truth's shoelaces

"Fake News" like Savoir-Faire, is apparently everywhere. Even at Reason dot com.

One anecdote offered as proof that the presidential executive order to pause immigration from seven dangerous lands was a "dumpster fire" turns out to be a lie.

(UPDATE: Fox2 Detroit reports Hager's imam, Husham Al-Hussainy, says Hager's mother died five days before President Trump's executive order banning travel from Iraq and six other countries was implemented. Hager has not provided additional comment at this time.)

says Mike Hager's mom did not pass away this weekend after being barred from traveling to the United States. The Imam confirms that Hager's mother died before the ban was put in place.

As it becomes increasingly difficult to sort the truth from one of its many alternatives, one bit of advice seems apropos - "The earlier the report, the lower the expectation of veracity."

UPDATE - Did somebody say fake news? Even the print media is susceptible to rushing to judgment for the sake of a scoop.

Trump Agonistes Posted by JohnGalt at February 6, 2017 2:50 PM

Props for "Savoir-Faire."

My initial post highlighted the difficulty of acquiring objective facts when things are spinning out of control. My initial "dumpster dive" into the affair was to question a post about a Clemson post-grad green card holder who was chased off a flight from Iran.

"Poppycock" said I, your brave defender of facts, determined to stamp out outrageous lies against the President's policies. Surely he's not keeping out legal residents!

Oh. Wait. He was.

Now that a stay is in place, there are many "anecdotes" of people -- legal residents -- travelling quickly during the stay. Still a dumpster fire, but sorry if I promulgated any bad evidence against it.

Posted by: jk at February 7, 2017 10:57 AM

You are blameless, brother, in the promulgation of "fake news." Even Reason gets a pass in my book. Sometimes folks lie for political benefit: "Hands up! Don't Shoot!" or "Hottest year on record!" are just a couple of examples.

What I'm really saying here is that "fake news" is not a threat to civilization - rushing to judgment is.

Posted by: johngalt at February 7, 2017 2:37 PM | What do you think? [2]