Tuesday Editors/Fact Checkers Open Comments

16 Fake News Stories Since November 8th

Daniel Payne at The Federalist has assembled just a small sampling of fake news generated by the mainstream news media in America in the three short months since Donald Trump was elected.

It is difficult to adequately sum up the breadth of this epidemic, chiefly because it keeps growing: day after day, even hour after hour, the media continue to broadcast, spread, promulgate, publicize, and promote fake news on an industrial scale. It has become a regular part of our news cycle, not distinct from or extraneous to it but a part of it, embedded within the news apparatus as a spoke is embedded in a bicycle wheel.

Whenever you turn on a news station, visit a news website, or check in on a journalist or media personality on Twitter or Facebook, there is an excellent chance you will be exposed to fake news. It is rapidly becoming an accepted part of the way the American media are run.

and a case in point,

At Politico on December 1, Lorraine Wellert published a shocking essay claiming that Trump’s pick for secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, had overseen a company that “foreclosed on a 90-year-old woman after a 27-cent payment error.” According to Wellert: “After confusion over insurance coverage, a OneWest subsidiary sent [Ossie] Lofton a bill for $423.30. She sent a check for $423. The bank sent another bill, for 30 cents. Lofton, 90, sent a check for three cents. In November 2014, the bank foreclosed.”

and,

The problem? The central scandalous claims of Wellert’s article were simply untrue. As the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Ted Frank pointed out, the woman in question was never foreclosed on, and never lost her home. Moreover, “It wasn’t Mnuchin’s bank that brought the suit.”

 

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126 thoughts on “Tuesday Editors/Fact Checkers Open Comments

  1. So much for taking that vow of celibacy seriously.

    HEADLINE: Italian priest faces defrocking for ‘organising orgies on church property’

    This story was found on Drudge and is from the UK Independent, is it true or fake?
    Here is another outlet for the same story.
    The Sun, GloriaTV, UPI, and even WND all have a version of this story; there are 6700 hits doing a quick google search.
    This took place in Northern Italy; what is the frequency of this type of behavior on a global basis?

  2. Travel day today. I hear Senator Cornholio is now opposing the Mexican wall. What else is new – he’s been hiding in the tall grass for a while now, but somehow he got exposed on this one. What a disgrace to Texans everywhere he is. Have a nice day.

  3. 3 BC

    This took place in Northern Italy; what is the frequency of this type of behavior on a global basis?

    Hmm. This story has been around since late last year.

    And to respond to the question: How would anybody know except for the fact activities like this are rare among a population of 7.5 billion people and even more so among all clerics including the more than 410,000 Roman Catholic priests around the world ?

    Common sense tells you stories like this make the front pages around the world precisely because, though salacious, they are highly unusual. If these episodes were common, they would be relegated to the daily police blotter on page 33 like assaults and robberies.

  4. Saw something from the crochet group. Couple of things, actually. The first was a “bouquet” given by a husband: a vase with some greenery and stems, but instead of flowers, there were skeins of yarn on the stems. Made me laugh. I see where hubbies buy their wives yarn for gifts, and they all go gaga over those men.

    Then this morning:
    “If loving to crochet makes me a hooker, does that make my husband a yarn pimp?”

  5. #6 TP: I have no desire to quibble over an isolated incident. We all have heard of the numerous examples here in the USA of 1) pedophile priests and 2) the bishops covering up the events. Given that 1 and 2 are not really in dispute, the questions in my mind concerning this misbehavior are how widespread is/was it and how much has yet to be discovered? Are there ‘hot spots’ around the globe that skew the perceptions?

  6. Feel good story of the day via The Blaze.

    HEADLINE: Thugs pull gun on 70-year-old Vietnam vet. But he’s armed, too — and quicker on the draw.

    One terd DRT, the other wounded, in the hospital now, then off to the grey bar hotel.

  7. Catholic priests abuse children at rates equal to or lower than other denominations and males in the general population. I’m confident the same holds true for “orgies”. But let’s not let a chance to bash Catholics go to waste.

  8. Morning, everyone. When it comes to “Rise And Shine”, my motto these days is “I don’t wanna, I don’t hafta, I’m RETIRED!”
    And that is my only excuse.

  9. OMG, there is a pic of a sportsing Bronco atop Drudge Report. But I thought it was one of his girls. Prolly Malia.

  10. 8 BC

    I have no desire to quibble over an isolated incident.

    Really ?

    That’s exactly what you are doing by extrapolating anecdotal evidence to suggest possible sexual escapades among Catholic priests of epidemic proportion…only it hasn’t been discovered yet.

    We all have heard of the numerous examples here in the USA of 1) pedophile priests and 2) the bishops covering up the events.

    Your apparent question targets frequency of occurrence and quantity of involvement here, but you actually ignore the facts here.

    And then you contradict yourself by asking the question again.

    Let me help you out using available 2014 data.

    410,000 priests divided by 3,400 cases of sexual abuse = 1%

    But let us double that number of bad priests to 2% to be on the safe side.

    The current prevailing wisdom among psychiatrists and psychologists is that approximately 4% of the general population suffers from pedophilic urges. I think that number is very high, but it is at least twice as high as the apparent rate among Catholic priests. According to independent monitors, the great majority of sexual abuse cases reported in recent years to Roman Catholic authorities is comprised of incidents from many years or decades ago. Statistics suggest the sexual abuse in the Church has actually declined over the years.

    It only took me a few minutes to research and write the above. You could have done the same without insinuating outbreaks of priestly orgies across the continents.

  11. One of my daughters noticed the “beauty mark” on Cindy Crawford’s lip. Now ya gotta realize my daughter was 4 years old at the time. She looked at Cindy and then looked at me and said,
    “Daddy, why doesn’t that woman’s Mommy wipe that booger off her face?”
    I laughed so hard I never got the chance to explain to her that was a a mole aka “beauty mark”.

  12. #17 Squawks
    What is this, a Ginger or Mary Ann contest???

    How cerebral. 🙂

    BTW, with my initial glance at the 2 photos, I took the brunette to be Caitlyn Jenner. Now that woulda been a different sort of contest, eh?

  13. MHarper

    #17 Squawks
    What is this, a Ginger or Mary Ann contest???

    How cerebral.

    LOL I fully admit there is absolutely nothing cerebral in the question. Certainly does not reach those lofty heights. Well may be half way.

  14. I liked the Gilligan episode when Mary Ann bumped her head while tripping over a rock and woke up believing she was Ginger.

    Then I didn’t have to decide.

  15. In the interest of all politics are personal and all things personal are political….

    Brinkley was a vocal Obama and Clinton supporter.

    Crawford voted for Obama in ’08, but publicly supported Romney in 2012.

    Crawford has class, never lost her grounding as a nice Midwestern girl, but Brinkley strikes me as a somewhat narcissistic New Yorker.

    Crawford is a brunette so she wins.

  16. Brinkley was a vocal Obama and Clinton supporter.

    Crawford voted for Obama in ’08, but publicly supported Romney in 2012.

    I never take politics into consideration NEVER.

    Christie Brinkley check check and double check. Crawford has lifeless eyes.

  17. Those are dark, smoldering, mystical eyes, dude. Like this.

    Yeah? how many years ago? Her eyes today are hollow, lifeless. I saw the interview she did celebrating the 25 anniversary Pepsi can commercial. Her eyes are all business, hollow. They reminded of a woman that has been in the public eye to long. Bring on the twinkle on cue.

  18. #31 Texpat
    I’ll not verify this, but from memory, Richard Gere said he did not stay married to Cindy very long because he was a Buddhist and she was a young party girl. 😀

    Well, they’re both H’wood, so what difference does it make?

  19. Got in about an hour of yard work, still pulling up dead fern stalks, mostly. Quite warm out. For early February!

  20. The whitewing dove are in full nest mode, I can hear them through the windows cooing, around 5am. I got bit by a mosquito this am, before sunrise going from house to truck. I would have liked the temp to briefly dip into just sub freezing for a few days instead of the deep plunge into the low 20s which kilt a bunch of stuff in my yard.

  21. Been Waiting 1.5 hours to turn in our annual bond with the city. I have Rush in my ear, which is good because I forgot to bring a book.

    Hubby just called with a story about a phone call he got From a New Yorker last night. He almost didn’t answer, thinking it was a junk call. Turns out the guy on the other end had a sob story about his rent house needing a gas test. Hubby only does service work for certain old friends and customers, else it’s strictly water meters. He certainly Sidney didn’t want to deal with an out of town owner on something where he’d have to justify possible extensive work if the test showed leakage in the system.
    Hubby: “I can’t get to you. I’m all booked up.” “You would be better with another plumber.” “I can’t give you a quote because there may be problems with your had gas lines.”
    Him: “What would you charge?”
    —- repeat several times, with increasing insistence on both sides —-
    Finally, Hubby gave him a high number to shut him up. New Yorker them then began cussing him out, testifying hee he had a lower quote from someone else. If Hubby would cut his price to half of the lower quote, Hubby could had have the job.

    Yeah, right. The fu’s were flying thick and heavy from the northeast. Hubby hung up.

  22. Good afternoon Hamsters. Another warmish day with 80 on the front porch. Terrible storms in LA and points east, and we fortunately missed them. This is the wild stuff swinging to and fro to expect in March, not early February.

    The potted plants spouse put in the garage and then outside the garage door after the really cold weather left are finally back on the patio. Doubt we will have any more 19 degree mornings. Would be nice for some more freezing ones to kill more bugs though.

    The fire that got away last week in our side pasture finally went dead on Monday. Spouse walked out there and checked that it was dead before opening the gate so the mares could go out there.

  23. He almost didn’t answer, thinking it was a junk call.

    He was right, but he second guessed himself. A junk call indeed.

  24. #43
    What was my first clue that Tedtam was posting on her phone?

    He certainly Sidney want to deal with an out of town owner

    Bwa Haha Ha!

  25. #46 Shannon
    Do 10-y.o. boys really drool over a super model like that? Or would it be unacceptable to show 14-y.o.s gawking that way?

  26. Most of the kids in my neighborhood had older brothers who bought car magazines.
    Every one of them soft porn.

  27. http://assets.amuniversal.com/de97aab0c3cb01343b54005056a9545d
    OMG, is this still the “happening thing” in software development? We did it in Sugar Land maybe 12 years ago, and it wasn’t new then. We had 2 project meetings where everyone stood up, and then after those made no measurable difference in productivity, we were allowed to be comfortable again.

    The budding problem back then was to keep people from using their smart phones in their laps during the meeting.

  28. 61 mharper42

    The whole point, in my experience, of meetings in a room with no chairs was to keep them short and to the point and discourage pointless, repetitive speeches.

    I don’t know what this thing is you’re talking about.

  29. #48

    What was my first clue that Tedtam was posting on her phone?

    He certainly Sidney want to deal with an out of town owner

    Yep, and they called my number just as I got to the end, so I didn’t have time to clean it up.

    Then I found out they refused our bonds on a technicality. Our agent also has cancer, I found out yesterday, so I’m scrambling to get ahold of someone from his office.

    I swear, people are dropping like flies all around me! My workload has tripled in the last week….no wonder I can’t sleep well. Either it’s my bookkeeping or the Grim Reaper on my mind!

  30. I don’t know what this thing is you’re talking about.

    Dilbert is doing agile programming this week, a dated topic. Hmmm, maybe he’s on vacation and these are reruns…

  31. Now here’s two faces for ya. Botox and just plain toxic.

    I do believe M Waters face could stop a charging Rhino at a million paces.

    Hey Nanzi–Dizz is no longer president. He’s at Crawford enjoying his fenced in, security guarded ranch and busy doing what Dizz does.

    But will she be lampooned in the Fake Streamed Press or on Proglibdytes Night Live on Saturday?

  32. I do believe M Waters face could stop a charging Rhino at a million paces.

    She could scare the dirt off of a shovel.

    I want the lefty moonbats to keep on talking.

  33. Bad cops.

    HEADLINE: Two Wichita Falls Police Officers Fired Over Unrelated Incidents
    Two Wichita Falls Police Officers have been fired from the department in less than a week.
    KAUZ reports that Brittany Bailey was relieved of duty over “conduct concerns and an off duty domestic violence arrest”. TRN reports that Bailey was arrested in Nocona on Friday evening in connection with an alleged assault on a family member. She was not in the Montague County Jail as of Monday. No further details have been made available.
    On Wednesday, February 1, 24-year-old Albert Feliciano was terminated following a DWI arrest. Feliciano was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala when he struck a man on a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle at Fairway Blvd and Johnson Road. Feliciano, a probationary officer with the WFPD at the time of his arrest, was charged with DWI. The motorcycle rider was taken to United Regional in serious condition.

  34. Host Larry Mantle asked him: “… First of all, I just — I want to make sure I understand correctly: You don’t think purchasing a phony Social Security card and number should be a deportable offense?”

    http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/02/05/california-state-senate-leader-family-illegal-false-documents-deportation/

    I’m still wondering why I have to obey any laws.

    I don’t like paying taxes. –especially property rip off taxes.
    Don’t like speed limits–especially when I’m late.
    Don’t like jury duty
    Don’t like getting my car inspected.
    Don’t like paying auto insurance.

    Wish I could just pick and choose the ones I wanted to obey like lawless, lawmaking lawbreakers and illegals get to do.

    Strange Days Indeed.

  35. #54 – Cmonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Squawkster (you truly believe She dyed her eyebrows dark??)……………that is merely a brunette in cog ni to

  36. 72 Katfish

    It was here her love for acting grew, and she attended the University of Dallas to study dramatics. It is an often over-looked fact that Jayne was an exceptionally bright woman; she reportedly had an IQ of 163 and was fluent in 5 languages, not to mention her artistic talents also leant themselves to her being an accomplished pianist and violinist. However, Jayne’s real passion was for acting, yet this otherwise unassuming and somewhat meek young lady was smart enough to know that at that time, her brunette hair and bookish demeanor were never going to get her into Hollywood, no matter how gifted her skills as an actress.

    Dallas Jayne, pre Hollywood Jayne

    Young Mariska Hargitay

  37. I don’t like paying taxes. –especially property rip off taxes.
    Don’t like speed limits–especially when I’m late.
    Don’t like jury duty
    Don’t like getting my car inspected.
    Don’t like paying auto insurance.

    What about puppies?
    Ice cream?
    Walks on the beach?

  38. What about puppies?
    Ice cream?
    Walks on the beach?

    Puppies are great.
    Ice cream–once in a while on cake.
    Walks on the beach are great and they’d be even better with you big fella:)

  39. Hubby was telling me about the sunset. I was just too tired to get up. I didn’t sleep well last night, had a full day, and was just about tired enough to break into tears just sitting on the couch. I decided to forego the sunset and close my eyes for a few minutes.

    Now, I’m back putting my nose on the grindstone. I have to be in Bryan tomorrow, so I have to do some catching up tonight.

  40. I have a friend on FB who’s discovered how to make a post on top of a big block of color. Oh, good grief, does announcing you have the flu really rate a large orange square? Or the fact that you’re tired a big purple one?

    Every. Dang. Post?

    She was a really, really good friend in high school, and I’m glad we’re communicating again. But how – or do – I tell her she’s wearing me out?

    She has MS, and seems to be suffering quite a bit, so I bite my tongue and just try to ignore her 20th granddaughter picture/post of the day.

  41. #89
    Good on you for catching that sunset, Hammie. Looking out our back windows, we noticed it was much more colorful than usual, but the trees were so bare-nekkid that I didn’t think my view would make a great photo.

  42. #94 TT
    You can set her to Acquaintance rather than Friend and suppress some of the clutter she spews out. And there are other ways short of unfriending her to see less of it.

  43. So now that I’ve calmed down and had a beer I’ll take you along for an adventure down 290 Hell. The afternoon commute started out pleasantly enough. Traffic was backed up but it usually is at the on-ramp just past Gessner. Once I reached the point of no return it was obvious there was something wrong. No worries. Get past the problem and it’ll be a quick ride home. As I crossed over Fairbanks N. Houston, there it was. A jeep broke down in the right lane (the lane I’m in). No problem, I’ll move one lane over and be home free! Wait, I’m past the Jeep and none of the lanes are moving. 20 minutes later I spot the real problem. A semi broke down blocking the left TWO lanes. Move back over to the right lane along with ten thousand over drivers. Almost ….. there …… Hey! I’m past the semi. Why are we not hauling ass? 30 minutes later I make it up almost to the Pinemont overpass. A boat. A freaking big-ass boat fell off it’s trailer blocking the right TWO lanes. A BOAT! Move back to the far left lane. Ah!!! Free at last! 80 mph all the way to 610. I peel off on the North Loop, still moving at a respectable clip until TC Jester ….. dead stop again. Big box van broke down smack dab in the middle of seven lanes of 610. The whole world’s against me.

    At least that guy won’t be going cabin cruising for a while.

  44. My goal is to move to some acreage (50+) outside of Harris County sooner rather than later. This is a big deal as I can trace my family (one branch anyway) in Houston back to 1865.
    I want to have my own water supply, the ability and space to raise enough beef, chicken and lamb to be able to take care of me and mine, and to have enough space so that I can be left alone. In a zone where the homeowner nazis will never bother me.

  45. It’s going to be 62 here tomorrow, on Wednesday, and break all records for February in Jersey.

    But we’re going to get 5 to 8 inches of snow on Thursday.

    You think the weather is strange in Texas ?

  46. #102 – They’d better not start messing with my baseball. It’s the only game that’s not rigged, although I’m beginning to think something might be up there too. Wrestling and the NFL are about the same, gorilla golf who cares, but baseball is America’s passtime. Leave the strike zone alone, and call ’em according to the rules Ump, and not what you think the zone should be. My $.02

  47. #104 – You might want to look west of Austin as all the space in the magic triangle Houston, Dallas, San Antonio is filling in pretty fast. Even out here land prices are escalating…..

  48. I’m not sure if he’s saying that cows will do good on a diet od Mexicans if you burn the stickers off of them like you do cactus, or if you can raise Mexicans on a steady diet of cactus if you burn the stickers off of them oike you do for cows.

    Either way, I think the PC police have him under observation already. This just might be the justifcation they need to move in on the compound.

  49. Hammie, might you be better off with a traverse on Tidwell, from 290 east to I45? Sure it’s surface streets, but you avoid the effects of the construction on 290. And isn’t inbound I45 better than outbound for evening commute?

    I used to have some alternate routes around Sugar Land when the SW Frwy was under construction for a couple of years. And SL back then was full of 4-way stops!!!

  50. I use a propane one like this: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Weed-Dragon-Garden-Torch-Kit/6435919?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=795&adid=22222222227010046964&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=40470970952&wl4=pla-78362824112&wl5=9027545&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=112562476&wl11=online&wl12=6435919&wl13=&veh=sem

    That flame thrower of Sarge’s looks pretty neat, but you can buy another cow for that price. My torch will burn the thorns off, chase off any snakes (or Mexicans) hiding in the cactus, and won’t catch the whole pasture on fire. It does look like it could be fun though.

  51. Hammie’s ’86 Toyota Tercel doesn’t have armor and bulletproof glass, so he doesn’t want to take Tidwell or Little York across the North side.

  52. Hammie, might you be better off with a traverse on Tidwell, from 290 east to I45? Sure it’s surface streets, but you avoid the effects of the construction on 290. And isn’t inbound I45 better than outbound for evening commute?

    Hempstead Highway is the only reasonable alternate. But I have to commit to it before I get on 290. That was my mistake yesterday.

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