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Tweet Checking

ID-100144408David Smalley at Dogma Debate put out this tweet today:

I went and took a deeper look at the data the website has published. I agree that all news networks tell whatever they need to get the required ratings. I compared the FOXNews hosts with the MSNBC hosts from the website David Smalley referenced with the following results.

MSNBC Hosts True Mostly True Half True Mostly False False Pants on Fire Total Statements
Mika Berzinski 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Joe Scarborough 1 1 2 0 2 0 6
Thomas Roberts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jose Diaz-Balart 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Tamaron Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andrea Mitchell 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
Ronan Farrow 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Joy Reid 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Alex Wagner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ed Schultz 0 1 3 3 1 2 10
Al Sharpton 0 1 1 1 1 0 4
Chris Matthews 1 1 2 1 2 0 7
Chris Hayes 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Rachel Maddow 3 5 3 6 5 1 23
Lawrence Odonnell 1 3 0 2 1 0 7
Sum 6 13 14 15 12 4 64
Percent 9% 20% 22% 23% 19% 6% 100%
Fox News Hosts True Mostly True Half True Mostly False False Pants on Fire Total Statements
Megyn Kelly 1 0 0 0 1 0 2
Sean Hannity 3 2 3 1 3 0 12
Bill Oreilly 2 4 2 2 5 1 16
Greg Gutfeld 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Juan Williams 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Dana Perino 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
Bob Beckel 1 0 1 0 1 0 3
Kimberly Guifoyle 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Ainsley Earhart 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heather Childers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Kilmead 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Elisabeth Hasselbeck 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Steve Doocy 0 0 0 0 2 1 3
Bill Hemmer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Martha MacAllum 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jenna Lee 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jon Scott 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sandra Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gretchen Carlson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shepard Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Neil Cavuto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Harris Faulkner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sum 8 7 6 4 17 3 45
Percent 18% 16% 13% 9% 38% 7% 100%

As can be seen the total sample is small with some big names at Fox not even having one fact checked such as Neil Cavuto and Sheppard Smith.  It also shows that  they are not very different when it comes to honesty.  Foxnews had 47% as half truth or above and MSNBC had 52%.

The article claims that they sampled 83 Fox claims and only 15 had some truth but have no supporting data.  No criteria was given as to how they picked the claims.  They also claimed that MSNBC had factual claims at a rate of 31% but do not tell us how many were completely true as they did Fox at 8%.  My only conclusion is that they added claims by guests at least on the Fox side to get to the 83 claims (most probably politicians).

The website says this:

“Though I’m sure any conservative who might run across this article, or the Punditfact profiles, would simply dismiss the results as “liberally biased lies.” – See more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/fact-checking-site-finds-fox-news-tells-truth-18-percent-time/#sthash.ntzXMdAP.dpuf

Yeah, I dismiss the findings but based on at least some research I did on your site.  I wonder how many claims are made in a day on these stations.  Probably a lot more that 45 or 83 which they claim is a large sampling.

So look at the numbers for yourself and decide.  And yeah in this day and age where message is everything above truth I am reluctant to believe that a site named “Forward Progressive” is going to find Fox as anything but dishonest just as I would distrust a conservative biased site.

Thanks for ALL that Serve!

ID-100204763Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodsteam.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. ~ Ronald Reagan

Veterans Day is a great day to honor the people we know that did serve in America’s armed forces.  They have sacrificed time with friends, family and even spouses to frankly, keep this country free from tyranny in many forms.  I hope that you thank a veteran today if you know any.

There are families and friends of service members that should be thanked as well.  Children that grow up with a service member parent need our thanks.  Spouses of service members need our thanks.  They need thanks for the time spent away from the people they love and sometimes  dealing with the toll on the service member once they return.

I also want to thank all citizens that work hard, obey our laws and teach our younger generations about what it is to be free.  These things are also serving our country in a real way.  Our teachers that dedicate their lives to teaching all our youth are serving our country well.  Freedom can only be had by an educated and civil people.  Our ethical business people who work hard to keep our capitalistic system going and strong contribute to our freedom as well. An economically unstable or uncertain economy can threaten our national sovereignty.

There will be some that will choose today to rant about how our country is and has not been at its best.  Oppressing certain people while hypocritically advancing values of freedom for all.  I agree America has not lived up to its values all the time.  But, only in a free and capitalistic society can these things change for the better and they have over the years.  Free people protesting the government and society on its violations against freedom and causing change is much of America’s history.

There is always a younger generation that will cause change and make society into what they think is fair and equitable for all and so further push how we act further toward our ideals.  This strengthens our society and maintains our freedoms.  So definitely thank a veteran today but don’t forget to thank people you see serving our country in other ways as well.

 

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You Can Still Complain if you Don’t Vote

ID-10099587Go ahead, try it if you like. Don’t vote tomorrow and then go complain to someone how bad the country is. It can be done. In Fact it is one of your options as a U.S. citizen to use your vote any way you legally wish. You can vote for someone with the best hair, biggest car or http://aopinionatedman.com  told you to. It is your vote. Actually for all non-presidential elections both republican and democratic parties are comprised of mostly nonvoters.

No one can take your right to complain which is your right to free speech against the government. It is just a stupid thing to say, I know, I used to say it.

Not voting is saying something in itself. It could mean you don’t care or you don’t like anyone among other reasons. It is becoming more and more apparent that democrats and republican candidates do not reflect what the voters want represented, so nonvoting is a necessary option.

So I am not advocating not voting. I am also not advocating voting. I am advocating doing what you want with your vote and then go complain!

 

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Happy Reformation Day!