26 June – Repeating Someone Else’s Lie is Still a Lie

Let’s say we read a quote in some far-flung corner of the interwebs by someone who said they heard Ryan Reynolds thinks we’re hot.

Would we be flattered? Ryan Reynolds is pretty hot himself, so we’d definitely do a little blushing here, there, and everywhere.

Would we repeat it on our website? We’re not attention whores but we can see a world where we’d find a way to drop that little factoid in as a humble-brag.

Would we be lying? Absolutely. As much as we’d like to, we’ve never met Ryan Reynolds and find it hard to believe he’s ever seen a picture of us.

Reading an obvious lie, then passing it off as fact is, in itself a lie. And that’s exactly what PZ Myers does today.

PZ Myers Lie:

See, Twitter and Facebook, it’s not that hard. It’s possible to be politically neutral and fair, while also shutting down hate speech and Nazis.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/26/knitters-spiders-rule-libertarians-centrists-drool/

Facts:

PZ is commenting on a new policy by a knitting website, Raverly, which reads in part: ” We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy. “

There is nothing politically neutral about Raverly’s policy. It is openly and explicitly political, equating support for the current President of the United States with support for white supremacy.

Analysis:

We’ve written before about how curious the charge of white supremacy sounds once you learn 36% of African Americans approve of the President. What do they know that Raverly doesn’t?

What’s not curious is that PZ repeats the lie uncritically, it fits in well with his biases. Pretty much everything Conservatives or Libertarians say or think is “hate speech” to him, and everything Donald Trump says is, subject notwithstanding.

You’d expect this kind of hyperbole from a left-wing polemicist or political columnist (or a knitting website that wants to alienate half it’s user base) but you wouldn’t normally expect it from a scientist who professes to believe in ‘truth.’

Final Tally:

Today: 0 science-related posts, 5 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 33 science-related posts, 80 non-science posts.

29% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 1 PZ Myers Lie

Since 30 May 19: 29 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

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