I Have My Facts, You Have Yours

Or, how we got from 'truthiness' to 'post-truth'

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“What people believe prevails over the truth.”
— Sophocles, from “Sons of Aleus”

Following Barack Obama’s election as president, there was talk about how the nation had entered a post-racial era, which proved not to be true. Following Donald Trump’s election as president, we have entered a post-truth era, and there’s little doubt about that fact.

We now have slid from “truthiness,” Stephen Colbert’s funny little noun that means “the quality of seeming to be true according to one’s intuition, opinion or perception without regard to logic, factual evidence or the like,” a short distance down a very slippery slope to “post-truth.” The Oxford English Dictionary has selected “post-truth” as its word of the year. It is defined as an adjective relating to circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than emotional appeals.

Its selection follows June’s Brexit vote and the U.S. presidential election.

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White Supremacy Euphemism Generator for Journalists

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Just when journalists are looking at at least four years of trying to come up with synonyms for “white supremacist,” BoingBoing creates a much needed mechanism.

Reading recent coverage of Donald Trump’s friends on the far right, it struck me that even when people pander to the idea Western culture’s wellbeing is inseparable from European ethnicity, they somehow avoid being called white nationalists or supremacists by journalists.

Generate some creative headlines here.

Donald: ‘I’m Okay’ with Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage But Opposed to Its Ruling on Abortion

In an interview on “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Donald Trump reversed his opposition to gay marriage by announcing that, as president, he will not seek to repeal laws that allow same-sex couples to marry because that right was affirmed by the Supreme Court.

Donald in 2011: “I just don’t feel good about it. I don’t feel right about it. I’m against it, and I take a lot of heat because I come from New York. You know, for New York it’s like, how can you be against gay marriage? But I’m opposed to gay marriage.”

And yet in that same interview he signaled he will appoint judges who will outlaw abortion, even though a woman’s right to choose whether to carry a fetus to term was also affirmed by the Supreme Court.

The shift on gay marriage is a significant reversal. In a campaign interview on CNN last year, Donald was asked by Jake Tapper, “But what do you say to a lesbian who’s married or a gay man who’s married who says, ‘Donald Trump, what’s traditional about being married three times?'”

Donald — a serial adulterer and infamous philanderer — responded, “I don’t say anything. I’m just for traditional marriage.”

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What Mandate?

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Nearly half of registered voters didn’t bother to show up.

GOP’s President-Elect Skipped All Veteran’s Day Events

Worst President-Elect Ever

Here’s how the Republican Party’s newly elected president described his plans for Veteran’s Day.

Irish Bookmaker Is Another Trump Victory Victim

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Féilim Mac An Iomaire
D’OH! – Paddy Power Pay Out Over $4.5 Million to Trump Backers Three Weeks After Paying Out On Hillary Clinton Early

Press Release: (9 November 2016) Paddy Power, the bookmaker who paid out over $1 million early to its customers who backed Hillary Clinton, were left counting the cost of their decision today after Donald Trump upset the odds to win the U.S. presidential election.

The result also stung Paddy Power for its biggest political payout ever with the bookie being hit for over $4.5 million by customers who backed Trump.

After Donald Trump was hit with scandal after scandal the bookie was confident of Hillary’s chances — prompting the whopping payout. But Clinton’s campaign took a late hit thanks to the reopened FBI investigation which resulted in a huge surge in bets for The Donald.

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Sullivan: Voters Have Repealed the Constitution and Replaced It with Fascism

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“When fascism comes to America,” the saying goes, “it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.”

Writing on November 3, 2016, five days before the presidential election, Andrew Sullivan made a convincing case that Donald Trump is the fascist who has come onto the scene wrapped in that flag and carrying that cross:

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What Does Surprise Winner in Bloomberg News Poll Portend for 2020?

The winner of the latest Bloomberg News poll
The winner of the latest Bloomberg News poll

The results of a new Bloomberg News poll in Florida show the winner is…Michelle Obama!

The First Lady’s net favorability score — 57 — was higher than the other ten people in the poll, all of whom are, were, or want to be, elected officials.

Here are the actual numbers, from lowest net favorables to highest:

Patrick Murphy, candidate for the Florida U.S. Senate seat currently held by Marco Rubio — 38
Tim Kaine, Democratic VP nomineeand Virginia senator — 39
Hillary Clinton — 44
Donald Trump — 46
Rick Scott, Florida governor — 47
Bill Clinton, former president — 47
Marco Rubio, Florida senator — 50
Mike Pence, Republican VP nominee and Indiana governor — 51
Barack Obama, president — 51
Joe Biden, vice president — 54

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Vox: Hillary Clinton’s Debate Strategy Left Trump Campaign in Ruins

Ezra Klein: Donald Trump didn't just destroy himself. Hillary Clinton destroyed him.

Ezra Klein at Vox offers a brilliant analysis of Hillary Clinton’s unique and extremely effective strategy of using Donald Trump’s personal weaknesses to bait him during the presidential debates.

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The Miami Herald Endorses Hillary Clinton

Miami Herald, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016
Miami Herald, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016
I opened my Sunday Miami Herald to see a ringing endorsement of Hillary Clinton covering the front page of the editorial section headlined “We’re With Her.” Then I went online to snag the story for this blog and the headline was “The Miami Herald recommends Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.”

Hmmmm, not so ringing, maybe.

But fortunately, the editorial was the same. It starts this way:

Let’s make clear what the 2016 presidential election isn’t about:

It is not about choosing between a bad candidate and a worse one. The narrative that Hillary Clinton is the lesser of two evils is patently wrong. Ms. Clinton is a pragmatic, tough-minded woman of accomplishment and political conviction with a demonstrated mastery of policy. She is politically flawed. However, Donald Trump is a damaged human being.

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