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July 13, 2010

I Promise Project I Will Not Let This Go

Let me tell you why PolitiFact did this -- why it claimed some kind of ambiguity.

It's because they want to give Gibbs a supposedly neutral third-party citation so he can claim "that claim has been debunked."

Now, we all know what the facts are. Obama said it. His administration put out the chart. But PolitiFact offers them the soundbite "that's been debunked." Despite the fact that they basically confirm the facts, but then just say, "But we are parsing about this word or that word so that our liberal friends can point to us as having 'debunked' it."

Same deal with these "independent panels" scrutinizing the behavior of the CRU "scientists." We all know the facts -- these guys hid data, destroyed data, ran models with inaccurate data, gamed the rules of the system to get un-vetted papers helpful to them published, and conspired to keep dissenting science out of science journals.

Do these panels refute these facts? No, they just look at the facts and offer a conclusory take: "These facts do not in and of themselves consitute an ethical breach."

Note that since that friendly conclusion was "reached," all the MFM wants to do is talk about that one-sentence "Well we think what they did wasn't that bad" and avoid discussing the facts.

Because the facts are truly awful. But they have these "independent review boards" certifying the facts are not awful enough to be censurable, and so that's what they now get to talk about: Some liberal buddy of these guys gave them a "hey, it's not that bad" conclusion, as was inevitable, and now all the liberals get to say "those claims were debunked."

Um, no, actually. The claims remain as sturdy as ever. The only new thing here is some liberal fuckwit's estimation that the claims are no big deal.

I need an expert opinion to tell me if shady behavior is shady-shady or just shady?

So, now PolitiFact delivers the liberals the quote they need -- "ambiguous," they seem to be claiming, which is enough cover for Gibbs to now say "debunked."

Uh huh.


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