I am a liberal.
I write facts.
I hate Trump
Trump get elected.
Trump reads and reiterates my facts.
I claim Trump is creating “alternative facts” when he reiterates my facts.
This is how I roll.
The media and Leftists (I know, that’s redundant) have been so busy manufacturing “Fake News” that it’s frankly a difficult task to keep up with it. Great pieces have been written about it at The Daily Wire and at The Federalist, to name two.
Ive recently written at American Thinker about how President Trump and his people are beautifully utilizing the tactics of Saul Alinsky to battle the left.
Other than the moniker “Fake News,” which is profound for its accuracy, perhaps the best phrase to identify this political war was coined by Kellyanne Conway defending White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s claim that “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration ….”
She said, to Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press, “… Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that ….”
Mr. Todd, apparently stunned, replied, “Wait a minute … alternative facts? Alternative facts? … Look, alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.”
Ah, but then we were treated to the real alternative facts. CNN apparently forgot that conservatives know how to scroll on a gigapixel photograph of the inauguration—and lo and behold–we learn that the original side-by-side pictorial crowd comparison by Reuters must have been taken significantly before the President was sworn in.
So “alternative facts” were actually real alternative facts.
Fun as it is to watch this all unfold and even to play a part, it’s just as important to analyze what’s happening.
We need to ask what the heck is going on with these people?
And for that task I point everyone to one of the most fascinating fake news stories yet.
In item number 20 of John Nolte’s list of 24 lies at The Daily Wire we find something that should be truly extraordinary if it wasn’t typical.
In an article published at philly.com in January, staff writer Chris Palmer casts as untrue President Trumps statement that the murder rate in Philadelphia has been rising, and “terribly” so. He notes that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called Trump a purveyor of “fake facts.”
To unravel this we need to take it in chronological order. So, let’s go back to an article that none-other-than our intrepid Chris Palmer published at philly.com last September, and titled “Why is Philly’s homicide rate going up?”
Therein, Mr. Palmer writes:
- (Referring to a graph showing homicides through September of each year from 2010-2016) “Philadelphia is recording homicides at the fastest pace since 2012, ….”
- “Police leaders and criminologists have found no clear explanation for the uptick in Philadelphia, let alone nationwide.”
- “If the current pace holds, the city will finish with its highest total since 2012, when 331 people were slain, and homicides will have increased for the third consecutive year.”
- “As Philadelphia’s homicide rate has been rising, ….”
- “Among rank-and-file officers, a popular theory for the homicide uptick ….”
- “And although homicide numbers may be up, ….”
While Mr. Palmer does point out that total violent crime is down, and that recent homicide numbers are less than they were several years ago, the quotes above suffice to reflect the overriding point to Mr. Palmer’s September article: homicides have been increasing.
What did this Leftist paragon of media truth then publish about the President’s “fake facts”?
His January article is titled: “Trump said Philly’s murder rate is ‘terribly increasing.’ It’s not.”
And therein are these jewels:
- “By almost any interpretation, he’s wrong.”
- “It’s true that 2015 and 2016 had higher murder rates than 2013 and 2014. But the earlier two years had the lowest murder rates the city had seen in decades:”
- “Annual murder totals have also not been increasing. In 2016, the city finished with 277 homicides, compared with 280 a year earlier. And while 2013 and 2014 had lower totals, all four years have been historically low compared with previous decades, ….”
- “Over the last two years, the number of murders, while up from 2014, have also remained relatively low — a level last seen in 2002 and 1985.”
- After noting that January 2017 has been “unusually deadly,” (which would certainly also support the President’s statement), Mr. Palmer ironically notes, “But experts often warn against reading too much into small sample sizes.”
- U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) weighing in on Twitter: “I will not stand by as @realdonaldtrump falsely maligns the city of Philadelphia. I will counter his #alternativefacts with the real ones.”
- Then finally, quoting Jerry Ratcliffe, a professor of criminal justice at Temple University, we have this: “There are no alternative facts here… The president is wrong.”
John Nolte cleverly characterized this as the “Philadelphia Inquirer Contradicts Its Own Reporting to Gotcha Trump.” It’s certainly that.
But it’s also much more.
We have to see that these people are so devoted to their cause that literally their own words, indeed their own facts, do not stand in the way of attempting to smear and frankly lie about a sitting president.
Why are we not shocked when integrity is sacrificed on the alter of liberalism?
I do not pretend to know where this leaves us, or what strategy is best employed for our cause. But one thing I know we can do is keep up exactly what the President is modeling for us. And that is, fight back with truth, guile, Saul Alinsky…