24 July – Another Lie, Or Is It a Satire of a Lie?

PZ Myers was prolific today. Over the course of eight total posts he provided some interesting spider content, railed (and lied) about Trump being a racist (a lie we no longer count) and wrote one of the most confusing posts we’ve ever read, leading to the lie below.

Is it satire? Is PZ trying to go all meta on us?

PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:

Oh. My. God. [Quillette] published a piece praising Boris Johnson that, I swear, reads like something from The Onion or McSweeney’s…Which now makes me wonder…is this entire article by Toby Young, with all its hyperbole and bizarre imagery, also intended to be satire? Is it mocking Boris or praising him effusively? It’s impossible to tell. 

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/07/24/you-cannot-possibly-take-quillette-seriously/

Facts:

We don’t often use ellipsis to join quotations spanning entire blog posts, but we felt it was justified here. PZ claims in the first bolded sentence that Quillette praised Boris Johnson, but in the final sentence is says it’s “impossible to tell.”

In point of fact, it is possible to tell: Toby Young, who has had a personal relationship with Boris Johnson going back decades, both mocks and praises him. It is a nuanced piece which explains both Johnson’s appeal as well as his ability to enrage his opponents, of which PZ Myers is definitely in the latter category.

Analysis:

This post wasn’t very long, but PZ managed to contradict himself anyway within the span of just a few paragraphs. We think he might have been trying out a bit of satire, given that’s what he (unsuccessfully) tried to claim was happening in the Quillette piece. Whatever he was trying to do, he managed to turn it into a lie, as he often does.

Final Tally:

Today: 3 science-related posts, 5 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 64 science-related posts, 160 non-science posts.

28% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 1 PZ Myers Lie

Since 30 May 19: 69 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

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