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.

New details emerge about Trump raid — and 'it doesn't look good for the FBI'

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New, alleged details about the raid of former President Donald Trump's home at Mar-a-Lago hint that it's "not looking good for the FBI," said BlazeTV host Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday.

Trump has faced attacks from every direction, but despite all of it, he has "not been found guilty or had any kind of real, solid evidence against him," Glenn pointed out.

Glenn detailed a long list of investigations, accusations, and lawsuits against Trump, and the latest puzzling revelations about the FBI's raid of Mar-a-Lago, which only seem to raise even more questions. For example, did agents truly refuse to give Trump's lawyer a copy of the warrant upon arriving at the home? Because sources have alleged that his attorney was kept "10 feet away from the warrant" and was not allowed to actually read it. If that's true, then it was absolutely against the law.

Then there was the inordinate amount of time spent going through Melania Trump's closet. And did they have the proper authority to break into Trump's safe?

"That warrant had better damn well say that they can break into that safe because the law is, you can't go into somebody's house and ... just tear it all apart," Glenn said. "You have to have a pretty good idea of where things might be located, and you ask for permission for those areas. And you have to know exactly what you're looking for, and if it's in a safe, you need to specifically say, 'it's in a safe and we're having a safe cracker come in.' If they didn't say in the warrant that they could crack his safe, it's the fruit of the poisoned tree. By the way, there was nothing in the safe."

Glenn also explained that the FBI broke into a specific "safe room" that contained national archives, which Trump was allegedly told by investigators to keep in a locked room.

"[Trump] made a safe room, and put two locks on it, at their request. And that's what they broke into," Glenn said. "This doesn't look good for the FBI," he added.

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There’s an economic axis of evil taking shape right now, and the people in charge of our government are too stupid to acknowledge and deal with what’s happening. The U.S. dollar and the entire financial system are at stake, and, as Glenn Beck reveals on "Glenn TV" Wednesday, our enemies’ PUBLISHED plans to take the entire thing down.

While all of this is happening, our own leaders are making everything worse. We’ve got Nancy Pelosi risking an international incident, accelerating China’s plans to collapse us. And when Biden SHOULD be focusing on the security of our country, he’s instead preoccupied with controlling the weather with his Inflation "Reduction" Act.

Glenn exposes the TRUE numbers on what that bill will do to your family’s budget. Add to that, they’re more than doubling the IRS to make sure you feel the pain. And if you think they won’t come for you, look at what they just did to the former president of the United States. The DOJ and FBI just went after the political opponent of their boss, Joe Biden.

This is what they are focused on, and the threat to the dollar — and the entire financial system — isn’t even on their radar. Pain is coming for us, and they don’t care one bit.

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Speaking before signing the “PACT Act of 2022” on Wednesday morning, President Joe Biden claimed that his wonderful economic plan "is working" and that somehow July’s annual inflation rate of 8.5% was actually “zero.”

“I just want to say a number: zero. Today we received news that our economy had 0% inflation in the month of July,” Biden said during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dutifully echoed the president's not-at-all misleading claim:

The truth of the matter is that last month's inflation rate of 8.5% was a (small) step in the right direction, but only because it was lower than June's 41-year high of 9.1% — and the thing is, anyone who's graduated kindergarten knows it.

So, who do White House personnel think they're fooling? On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere broke down how the Biden administration came to this latest disingenuous conclusion about the economy, what the latest consumer price index actually shows, and why the inevitable Biden brag-fest will be unbearable.

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Glenn Beck: This is the ONLY endgame that makes sense for the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home

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If you're celebrating this FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, you have no idea how much this changes things. We don't do this in America. At least, we didn't. But the left cannot have Donald Trump be president again. His "America First" platform goes against everything they've been working for. So, what's their endgame here? On the radio program, Glenn Beck said there's really only one endgame that makes sense — and it should scare us all.

"If you are not for the destruction of America, you better pay attention quickly. This is a massive move," Glenn said of the Mar-a-Lago raid.

"Who has credibility on this? ... The right will believe Donald Trump, but nobody on the left, so you're not going to change any minds there. Do you think the right will believe the New York Times? MSNBC? NBC? CBS? Do you think we're going to believe the New York Times — the people who have been carrying water for the Biden crimes? The Clinton crimes? And ... I'm talking about her server and having her own State Department people go into a skiff, which is the top secret room, completely sealed off, going in and getting documents, cutting off 'top secret,' and then emailing them to her on her private server. And nothing? And now you're going to try to convince me [that] this has nothing to do with January 6?" he added.

"Remember the [allegations about] bank servers, [Trump] was pinging a bank? Untrue. Carter Page is a Russian spy? Untrue. Donald Trump is a Russian spy? ... Untrue. Collusion with Russia? Untrue. Ukraine, the perfect phone call? Not true. Not true. Wasn't a perfect phone call. Was not impeachable. The pee tape dossier? None of that was true. Here's why they can't have [Trump] as president of the United States. They can't have him as president of the United States because we are headed towards a completely new, all redesigned, non-capitalist, nonconstitutional Great Reset," Glenn argued. "They cannot have him be president because he is America first."

Glenn warned Americans that our federal government is accumulating massive power, case in point the 87,000 new IRS agents. "Coupled with the [IRS agents] they already have ... that's almost the size of our National Guard. Do you feel comfortable with that? Democrats? You don't think there's a possibility ... that someone ... might come in at some point and weaponize the IRS?"

He also warned that the FBI's raid on Donald Trump’s home has implications that stretch far beyond simple dislike for the former president. So what are they hoping to accomplish?

"What is the endgame? You make him into a martyr by throwing him into jail or killing him ... so you make him stronger. That doesn't make sense, why would they want that?" Glenn asked. "So, what is their endgame? The only one that makes sense to me, is to stop him at any cost, then lunatics will take to the streets, and then [the Democrats] will have evidence that the [right is] more dangerous than anyone could possibly imagine. Please, pray for your country."

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