Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The awe-inspiring importance of place

On May 22, 2015, PolitiFact Wisconsin published a fact check of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. It seems the NRSC accused Democratic candidate for Wisconsin senator, Russ Feingold, of announcing his candidacy in California.

Whoa, said PolitiFact Wisconsin. That's "Pants on Fire" false!

We admit the ruling amused us. After all, PolitiFact is the non-partisan fact checker that gave then-candidate Barack Obama a "Mostly True" for the claim his uncle helped liberate Auschwitz.

No, we're not kidding.

Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet Union, not by Allied forces. PolitiFact gave Obama the "Mostly True" rating since he did have an "uncle" (in a loose-but-legitimate sense of the term) who was with the Allied forces that liberated a concentration sub-camp called Ohrdruf.

The NRSC was ineligible for that kind of break despite saying Feingold was a Stanford (California) professor and a failed 2010 candidate:
"In what may be the oddest move of the campaign season thus far, Stanford Professor and failed 2010 candidate Russ Feingold announced his Wisconsin Senate run today from … California."
Funny how that works.

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