Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

The fact-checkers at the Washington Post hand out a dose of reality.

Trump’s State of the Union speech had soaring rhetoric — and many dubious facts and figures. Many of these claims have been fact-checked repeatedly, yet the president persists in using them.

They touted up 18 dubious claims, everything from jobs created to tax cuts to immigration and found that Trump was either taking credit for other peoples’ work — most often that of Barack Obama — or putting out statements that are demonstrably false, such as ending the “war” on “clean coal.”  He might as well say that his administration was responsible for eradicating the invading forces of orcs in Hialeah.

Since I didn’t watch the speech and the analysts seem to be overwhelmed by the steaming piles of bullshit that he shoveled about how great he is, I wonder if he bothered to bring up getting Puerto Rico back its electricity, water, and infrastructure?  (Turns out he did… the day before FEMA officially cuts off assistance to the island.)  Did he say anything about supporting education at the most basic level, that being funding to make classrooms habitable?  I’m sure he said nothing about keeping LGBTQ Americans’ rights secure; if he had, that would have been banner news.

I see a couple of articles about the showmanship that went before, during, and after.  That’s not a surprise; he’s more concerned with the flash and glitz than substance, and all that does is mask the shoddy, cheap, and cynicism behind it.