…usually not telling the truth.
That’s why PZWatch exists, to document his lies. But, if we lacked integrity, we could regularly write the words, “PZ Myers is…” followed by any slur you could imagine to try to make PZ look bad. Would it have any effect?
To those who already think PZ is a somewhat less than admirable person, it will confirm their biases. To those who think PZ is a fearless truth-teller, it will inflame their righteous indignation. And what about those who are either undecided or have no idea who the hell PZ Myers is? They won’t care.
That’s why we try not to name-call here unless there is evidence to support the name. And then we spend an adequate amount of time detailing the evidence. For PZ Myers, no evidence is necessary. If you identify with his perceived political enemies, you could be called anything, whether you’ve earned the title or not. We dislike the practice, mostly because we think it’s grade-school level stuff, usually followed by the words, “I know you are, but what am I.”
But it’s also a lie.
PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:
Andy Ngo is a fraud and a right-wing provocateur…Nothing more. Ngo is an empty vessel who has found a way to gain the attention of right-wing chuds. He’s probably foaming at the mouth today at the opportunity to fire up violence in the streets of Portland, with the eager [sic] of his friends, the fascists.https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/08/17/andy-ngo-is-a-fraud-and-a-right-wing-provocateur/
PZ links to a piece in Jacobin, which is the self-professed “leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture.” So…not a neutral arbiter of facts, it’s fair to say.
It’s useful to go back to PZ’s post about the dangerous antifa assault on Ngo in late June. In that post, PZ turned Ngo from a “faux-journalist” into a “fascist” in order to justify and celebrate antifa’s violence against him. That was a lie, and so is this. Even the Jacobin piece to which PZ links tacitly acknowledges this:
To be clear, the attack on Ngo should be condemned. It serves no political purpose, and the Left should not be attacking media makers, even if they use dicey methods. Some Antifa activists in Portland also admit the attack played into right-wing hands by elevating him.https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/08/andy-ngo-right-wing-antifa-protest-portland-bigotry
That’s an interesting phrase, “media makers.” Jacobin wants to do the same thing PZ Myers did in June: disassociate Andy Ngo from the ranks of respectable journalists because he has the audacity to tell the truth about antifa. But Jacobin can’t quite bring themselves call him a fascist in the same way PZ did, so they have to make something up called a “media maker.”
Jacobin acknowledges that there is something to Andy Ngo besides being an empty vessel or a right-wing provocateur, even if they can’t bring themselves to describe who he is: a soft-spoken gay man from a Vietnamese immigrant family. These are facts PZ won’t acknowledge, either, because they make his claim that Ngo is either a fascist or a friend of fascists look silly.
Which it is.
PZ can be a little schizophrenic on the topic of antifa and violence. He wants a revolution to “erase the stain” that is the United States of America, but then condemns Ngo for “foaming at the mouth today at the opportunity to fire up violence in the streets of Portland,” then turns around and dares the ‘fascists’ to show up because “Portland Antifa has been doing an amazing job of making them afraid to show their faces — they’ll be mocked as cowards and clowns.”
Seriously, which is it? Does PZ want the fascists to go away? Or does he want them to rise up so antifa can start the revolution?
There is a certain political power in ambiguity. Andy Ngo is ‘bad’ in ways that are ill-defined or contradictory at times. Is he a journalist or a media maker or a fascist or a provocateur or an empty vessel or a fraud? It doesn’t matter, because the more vague you are, the harder it will be for your target to acquiesce to your demands. Is he reporting neutrally on an event that reflects badly on antifa? Then redefine journalism to mean something else. Is he not focusing on the events and facts you would like him to focus on? Call him a fraud or a provocateur.
Science abhors ambiguity like this. An experiment begins with a hypothesis and ends with that hypothesis either validated or discarded. It doesn’t end when you’ve massaged the data well enough to fit the conclusion you wanted to reach in the first place.
Antifa is good. That’s the conclusion PZ Myers has already reached, data be damned. Andy Ngo’s original sin is not accepting and promoting the progressive agenda and making antifa look bad as a consequence. All else flows from there. PZ will continue to massage and lie about the data in order to reach that conclusion over and over again.
Yesterday: 0 science-related posts, 4 posts on other stuff
Since 30 May 19: 86 science-related posts, 250 non-science posts.
25% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science.
Yesterday: 1 PZ Myers Lie
Since 30 May 19: 89 PZ Myers Lies
Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.