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.

Blaze TV hosts Glenn Beck , Chad Prather, and Steven Crowder weighed-in with similar but different thoughts on the fascism associated with canceling Dr. Seuss.

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Dr. Seuss books that have been cancelled due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity.

Chad Prather approached the issue from a comedic perspective, stating that "Dr. Seuss is dead and could not be reached for comment."

Steven Crowder explained that Dr. Seuss books were banned for being offensive and insensitive to some. So Steven decided to parody the six banned children's books with progressively titled and hilariously inappropriate versions.

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'We DON'T destroy books'

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?" - Glenn Beck. Download the podcast here.

Chad Prather's comedic take on why Dr. Seuss got canceled

"Dr. Seuss is dead and could not be reached for comment'"- Chad Prather. Download the podcast here.

Dr. Seuss BANNING Bonanza! New Progressive Book Titles Revealed! 

In this 7+1 segment-- Crowder uncovers, new, unreleased Dr. Seuss titles that will be released in the near future (parody). Download the podcast here.

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"What's your climate credit score?" That's a question Americans may have to answer if the green global elites get their way.

While the media has distracted us with Orange Man Bad! and Russia, Russia, Russia!, the Left has been busy working on the fundamental transformation of America with a primary pressure point — YOUR money through YOUR bank. Democrats, forgetting the words of MLK, like to group people into categories. They judge you based on what skin color you have, your religion, occupation, your ideology, and now … your carbon footprint.

On his Wednesday night TV special this week, Glenn Beck exposes how they're now planning, not only to categorize you, but to give you a score. It'll determine everything for you: whether you can buy a home, get a new car, open a business … EVERYTHING. And if you don't bend the knee? You'll be blacklisted. But this isn't some far-off conspiracy theory. Multiple big U.S. banks are part of a private U.S. financial group enacting these policies now. It's here, and we're ALL at risk.

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Unlike the mainstream media, we at the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" decided to actually do the research and get to the bottom of CPAC's controversial stage design, which many on the Left have suggested was purposefully shaped like an obscure Nazi symbol. We got our answers straight from the source — and it's not what the media is suggesting.

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp joined Glenn on Wednesday to share the real story of the stage design, who designed it, and why he's taking legal options against those smearing the Conservative Political Action Conference's name seriously.

Matt told Glenn he'd never heard of the alleged Nazi insignia, noting that even a staff member who "studied anti-Semitism in college" did not recognize the obscure symbol. He went on to explain how the stage designing firm, Design Foundry, and Hyatt Hotels worked collaboratively with CPAC event organizers for months throughout the designing and construction of the stage. However, when pressured by the cancel culture mob on social media, both companies "ran for the tall grass."

"Both the Hyatt and [Design Foundry] looked to CPAC and said [they] had nothing to do with this stage. That's outrageous," Matt stated. "This whole process takes months ... everybody saw this. Everybody had to figure out how to construct this. Everybody had eyes on it from every angle. And nobody in that process ever raised their hand and said, 'Oh, you know, I took a European history class, and I noticed [that the stage design looked like a Nazi symbol.] Nobody."

Matt went on to add that, while CPAC expects attacks from the Left, they also have every intention of standing up for themselves, the conservative community, the Jewish community, and all the people who love America.

"We're fine with taking the hits. We always take the hits, it's part of being a prominent conservative group. We'll take the hits, but we won't let people lie," Matt said.

"I can't tell you how many people have called me during the course of this most tumultuous of years and said, at what point does the conservative community, do the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, do the people who love America, and think it's okay to read Dr. Seuss, and love Thomas Jefferson and Mount Rushmore, at what point do they start pushing back on the cancel culture? At what point do they say, this is a line you can't cross? I think we're at that line," he added.

"We called our conference, 'America Uncanceled.' The whole thing became about them canceling us. At what point do we not have the right to say,' you can't treat us this way'? You're disparaging us. You're destroying our reputation. You're destroying our ability to be respected members of our community. So, I'm taking your challenge of pursuing our legal options very seriously. And I think we have to go broader. We can't let these companies just follow the woke mob. We can't do it."

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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