Michele Bachmann vs Politifact

Almost every interview with Michele Bachmann includes a mention that she is essentially the devil, according to “Pulitzer Prize winning website Politifact.”  I’ve been ranting about Politifact’s…um…interesting(?) way of deciding what is true and what is false for a while.  But, while a lot of their leanings are pretty overt, some are far more subtle.

Here’s an example of their Michele Bachmann bias.  Politifact takes on this statement:

"Well, remember, again, already the top 1 percent of income earners pay about 40 percent of all taxes into the federal government."

If you obsessively look at government released tax data (who doesn’t?) you might be familiar with this stat.  The wealthiest 1% of taxpayers pay about 40% of federal income taxes.  This is Michele Bachmann’s point, of course:  the wealthy carry an extraordinarily high share of the burden in this country, and perhaps it shouldn't be even higher.   Yet, Politifact rates Bachmann’s statement “false.”  Why?  Only the  eagle eyed (read: obsessive) among us are probably capable of noticing Michele’s terrible, awful, catastrophic, egregious error.

She said “all taxes into the federal government” not “all income taxes into the federal government.”  On that basis, Politifact rates her statement “false”, which the media translates as a lie.  Seriously?   This is clearly a minor misspeak.  It’s the equivalent of “fact checking” Barack Obama’s 57 states comment.  Its’ ridiculous.

Michele’s point is completely correct, the numbers are correct, it’s backed up by federal tax data, and it’s a well-known measure of the tax burden on the rich.  She slightly misspoke in the specific category of taxes in a way that makes her point no more effective.  Even if you do take her statement completely literally, the wealthiest 1% still pays over 28% of “all taxes into the government.”  The rich pay a lot of taxes already, that’s the point.  It’s obvious, and it’s correct.

Politifact does finally acknowledge this:

Bachmann would have been right if she’d said, "the top 1 percent of income earners pay about 40 percent of all income taxes into the federal government." But she didn’t say that”

Really?  She didn’t?  Actually she has said that.  More than once.

"The top 1 percent of income earners pay 40 percent of all income taxes. The top 5 percent of all federal income tax earners pay 60 percent of all taxes. And the top 10 percent of all income earners are paying 80 percent of the federal income tax burden.”

And, here’s another example…

“Don’t let people tell you that those dirty rich people don’t pay their taxes: The top 1 percent pay 40 percent of all income taxes, the top 5 percent pay 60 percent, the top 10 percent pay 80 percent.”

By the way, in case you believe she was just “caught” by Politifact and was correcting herself, these statements were made BEFORE Politifact ran the story.  Now, technically—using the Politifact Michele Bachmann standard—you could rate these statements “false” as well I guess.  I mean, she didn’t clarify that she meant all income taxes “in AMERICA”.  She didn’t even specify that she meant "on EARTH"—we have no idea what the Martian tax rates are and who pays them.

But—if Politifact was fair—why wouldn’t they fact check Bachmann on the occasions when she said this stat correctly?  Doesn't she deserve two “True” ratings for these two comments?  I guess not.  Instead they waited for her to make a slight error, then jumped on it to rate her statement false.

When you look at the whole picture, Politifact is left with the argument that Michele Bachmann slightly misspoke on the one occasion they decided to fact check her.  But did she really even do that?  Look at the rest of the statement:

"Well, remember, again, already the top 1 percent of income earners pay about 40 percent of all taxes into the federal government. So if you want to talk about fairness, the top 1 percent are paying 40 percent of all of the income."

When you look at the whole quote, it seems like she’s immediately correcting herself—IN THE VERY NEXT SENTENCE.

Yet, all of this gets Bachmann a “False.”  Not a “mostly true” “half true” or even “barely true.”  This is what Politifact does far too often.  The left gets the benefit of the doubt in the headline rating, so it can be trotted out in political ads and hackish interviews, while the truth gets buried or completely ignored.

Remember this next time some interviewer brings up the “Pulitzer Prize winning website” attack with Bachmann.

Former President Barack Obama sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper recently for an interview scheduled to air in full on Friday. During the interview, Obama scoffed at the idea that critical race theory could be a "threat to our Republic," while claiming that "right-wing media venues" are "stoking the fear and resentment of a white population."

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck set the record straight: the right-wing media's efforts to call out the far-left have nothing to do with race in America, but rather everything to do with protecting our way of life that is being threatened more and more each day by the radical, Marxist ideology seeping into government.

"Mr. Obama, you lied," Glenn asserted. "You used the IRS to hunt down your enemy. You spied on the media. And your health care package, which was supposed to save every American $3,000 per year, has helped some, perhaps, while raising the cost of everyone's health care in double and triple percentages. But the worst thing that you did, is you planted, you watered, and you protected the Marxist seeds, by crying race."

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Our sacred republic has never been in more danger than it is today. Little by little, industry by industry, the far Left is fundamentally transforming the country we love. And it's an aggressive, hostile kind of takeover we've only seen in some of the world's darkest societies.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how the Biden administration and Democrats are aggressively scrambling to reset everything: our free and fair voting system, our kids' education, our policing, immigration and border security, our economy, our military, and our energy supply.

Finally, Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) joins to discuss how Biden's "woke" policies are threatening America's national security and our way of life.

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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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