5 Aug – A Lie PZ Myers Will Never Correct

About a month ago, we noted two lies PZ Myers told about the US National Women’s Soccer team. We noted at the time he and the people at Skepchick used some dodgy numbers and articles that predated the current collective bargaining agreement.

Following up on those stories, US Soccer recently released an open letter addressing the charges of unequal pay made by the members of the World Champion women’s team. They were right, they are definitively not being paid the same as the men.

They’re being paid more.

At my request, U.S. Soccer staff conducted an extensive analysis of the past 10 years of U.S. Soccer’s financials.  Based on this analysis, we’ve produced the following fact sheet, which has been reviewed by an independent accounting firm…

Over the past decade, U.S. Soccer has paid our Women’s National Team more than our Men’s National Team.  From 2010 through 2018, U.S. Soccer paid our women $34.1 million in salaries and game bonuses and we paid our men $26.4 million—not counting the significant additional value of various benefits that our women’s players receive but which our men do not.


Were PZ Myers intellectually honest, he would cover this astonishing news, explain his error and apologize. Except he’s not, so he won’t. This news will sail past, unnoticed, like everything else that doesn’t conform to his evangelical progressive ideology.

Just one lie to cover today. Ho, hum, PZ Myers claimed the President of the United States is a white nationalist based on no evidence whatsover.

PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:

We are in an intolerable situation. The president is a white nationalist bigot, and the senate is controlled by another greedy bigot. The Democrats are in denial and are avoiding doing anything about the putrid, rotting elephant in the room — impeachment proceedings are vital at this point.



We’ve mentioned before that we’re not going to count PZ calling Trump a racist as a lie anymore, but this is different. PZ isn’t just claiming Trump holds racist views or tolerates those who do. He’s not claiming Trump takes it easy on white supremacists because he’s pandering for votes. No, he claims Trump is a white nationalist based on, well, nothing. This is an extraordinary claim and those usually require extraordinary evidence, but not in this case. Never with Trump. Any claim about Trump, no matter how extraordinary, apparently requires no evidence because PZ provides none.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, is just collateral damage here. We have no idea why PZ think’s he’s a bigot, and once again no evidence is offered in support of his claim.

Two lies, but given our longstanding practice to give PZ the benefit of the doubt, we’re counting it as one.


We note that PZ was on a rant here about the mass murder in El Paso, TX, but failed to mention – as we predicted he wouldn’t – the mass murder in Dayton, Ohio. That murderer was a progressive antifa leftist and as such will remain forever invisible to PZ Myers.

For the record, we don’t think that progressive political ideas had anything to do with the mass murders he committed, just as we don’t think conservative political ideas have anything to do with the murders in El Paso. But PZ Myers thinks one side of the political spectrum is guilty in that regard and the other is completely innocent.

And it’s a lie.

Final Tally:

Today: 1 science-related post, 4 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 81 science-related posts, 205 non-science posts.

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

Today: 1 PZ Myers Lie

Since 30 May 19: 80 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

29-30 July – PZ Myers Goes On a Science Spree! And Two More Lies!

We took yesterday off due to other commitments and we came back to a stunning development: a scientist actually blogging about science! PZ Myers has been talking more about science these past two days than he has about politics, which is a first since we started keeping tabs here at PZWatch. We’re excited about this development and hope it continues, but we’re also realists who know every time we’ve praised PZ, he’s immediately gone back to his old ways. So there’ll probably be no science for the next week, given our track record and his.

But there will be lies. We have two to cover today.

PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:

Child murderer was a white nationalist



The lie this time is in the title of the post, which goes on to discuss the recent murders at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. PZ linked to a Heavy.com article about the murders as substantiation of his claim, but there is a problem. Santiago William Legan, the 19-year-old who killed three people at the festival before being killed by police, does not appear to be a white nationalist.

Heavy.com does not make the claim that Legan was a white nationalist, PZ Myers does. And he bases it off a single post on Instagram that reads, in its entirety: “Read Might Is Right by Ragnar Redbeard. Why overcrowd towns and pave more open space to make room for hordes of mestizos and Silicon Valley white twats?”

We’re not sure what to make of the second sentence, but it doesn’t seem to be typical of white nationalist talk. And we haven’t read Might is Right, but Leo Tolstoy apparently did and describes it as follows:

The substance of this book, as it is expressed in the editor’s preface, is that to measure “right” by the false philosophy of the Hebrew prophets and “weepful” Messiahs is madness. Right is not the offspring of doctrine, but of power. All laws, commandments, or doctrines as to not doing to another what you do not wish done to you, have no inherent authority whatever, but receive it only from the club, the gallows, and the sword. A man truly free is under no obligation to obey any injunction, human or divine. Obedience is the sign of the degenerate. Disobedience is the stamp of the hero.


Others have described it as containing “open sexism and racism” or as a “proto-fascist white power manifesto.”

PZ apparently relies on this last description to base his claim, however he leaves something out. Legan self-identified as half Italian and half Iranian. Another of Legan’s Instagram posts contain a picture of his maternal grandfather, Ali Ashgar Vahabzadeh.

Additionally, this LA Times story contains the following tidbit:

Amid the screams, flying bullets and bloodshed that erupted on a warm summer evening at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday, someone shouted a pivotal question at the gunman: “Why are you doing this?”

Because I’m really angry,” the gunman replied, according to Jack Van Breen, who spoke with reporters after performing at the festival with his band, TinMan.


All of which leads us to classify this as a lie. There is not enough information about Legan’s views for PZ to claim that he was a white nationalist.


This is a classic case of confirmation bias. PZ wants to see a connection – any connection – with white nationalism/fascism so he can claim once again that antifa are the good guys simply fighting for right. Except its unclear how antifa would have ever known about half Italian, half Iranian Legan, as there does not appear to be much of a digital/social media record of him.

But PZ doesn’t really care about these kinds of nuances. He has a point to make and he won’t let facts get in the way of that.

PZ Myers Lie #2 [in bold]:

Whoa. When my kids were starting college, I was making $40K/year, and we didn’t even own a home — we were renting. Yet we managed to scrimp and save and get all three kids through four years of college. So that family is bringing in a quarter million per year, and they haven’t managed to set aside any money for their kids’ education? What have they been spending their money on? 



PZ is discussing a Wall Street Journal article about wealthy parents transferring guardianship of their children in order to get legal aid. And the bolded questions above seem perfectly legitimate, except the article answers them in the exact snippet PZ posts in the blog.

One Chicago-area woman told The Wall Street Journal that she transferred guardianship of her then 17-year-old daughter to her business partner last year. While her household income is greater than $250,000 a year, she said, she and her husband have spent about $600,000 putting several older children through college and have no equity in their home, which is valued at about $1.2 million, according to the property website Zillow. She said she has little cash on hand and little saved for her daughter’s education.


According to the article they had set over a half-million dollars aside for their kids education, but spent it on their older children. Note: we are in no way condoning what these parents did, we’re just saying PZ Myers lied about it.


PZ started off the post on another rant about Trump, and these people were just caught in the crossfire. And speaking of his Trump rant, it serves as a great example of the pettiness of PZ Myers. He tries to suggest Trump doesn’t understand that he has to hit the “heart” next to a tweet in order to “like” it. Instead, PZ quotes from a NY Mag column that says:

The president has even been known to sends printouts of tweets he likes. After he liked one Gaetz tweet, he had it printed by a staffer, signed it and requested that it be sent to Gaetz’s congressional office, where the now-framed tweet hangs.


Except, there’s a perfect normal reason for Trump to not hit the “heart” button – everyone else will see it. He may not wish to advertise what Tweets he likes, simple as that.

Trump uses Twitter more than any other President and we find it unbelievable to suggest he doesn’t understand a key feature of the platform. But not for PZ.

Final Tally:

Today: 7 science-related posts, 4 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 76 science-related posts, 178 non-science posts.

30% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 2 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 75 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

18 July – Everyone Who Doesn’t Agree With PZ Myers is a Racist!

Also, the sky is falling.

Casablanca is one of our favorite movies of all time. Made in 1942, it no-so-subtly urged a reluctant America to enter the war against the Nazis in Germany. At one point Rick, the protagonist, references the bombing of Pearl Harbor and asks, “If it is December 1941 in Casablanca, what time is it in New York?”

PZ asks a similar question today, “It’s 1932. What are you doing?”

We’ll tell you at the end what we’re doing. First, the lies.

PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:

If you are a Republican, you’re racist. If you vote Republican, you are a racist. If you live in a county that voted for Trump, you live in a racist county. Trump himself is an unabashed racist.



Just a week ago we mentioned that we weren’t going to call PZ’s assertions that Trump is racist a lie anymore because PZ has defined the word racism to mean whatever he wants it to mean. But, here he just goes overboard and smears half the country with a lie. We don’t see the need to spend too much time rebutting this obvious falsehood – we’ve talked about it before – but if you need further proof it’s a lie, try Scherie Murray on for size. She’s challenging Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – one of PZ’s favorite members of congress – for her seat next year. We wonder if Scherie thinks the Republican Party is racist.


This sort of thing is what keeps us fascinated in PZ Myers. As a scientist, he would never issue blanket declarations like this about half of the spider research community, for instance. But, he has no problem branding half the country with the racist label simply for having ideas different to his. This hatred has nothing to do with Trump. It pre-dated Trump and will go on long after Trump is gone. His first two sentences above don’t mention Trump at all.

No, this is all about people who think differently, and PZ wants to smear them all.

That, in another context, would be easily identified as bigotry. On Pharyngula, it counts as reasoned thought, we suppose.

PZ Myers Lie #2 [in bold]:

We’ve got a demagogue holding rallies (Why is he still doing that? Doesn’t he have work to do?) and leading mobs in racist chants, threatening to deport or jail people, journalists and opposition politicians, for being brown. 



Leaving aside for a moment the question of whether or not “Send her back” is a racist chant, the fact is that the President didn’t “lead” the chant, he didn’t instruct the people present at the rally to say those words, and later on disavowed the chant altogether.

Additionally, the President has never threatened to deport or jail anyone for being brown, but especially not an opposition politician. PZ just makes it up whole cloth, turning this into yet another patented lie.


In our open, we noted the fact that PZ Myers thinks 2019 resembles 1932 and wonders what all right (left) thinking progressives are going to do about it. The situation sounds bleak, ominous, even “edgy,” perhaps, but it occurs to us we’ve heard all this before.

Steven Heyward, over at the conservative Powerline blog, gives a great rundown of examples in US history where people seemed to be at least as divided as they are today.

Here is a smattering of thoughts from 1964:

San Francisco Mayor John Shelley said Republicans “had Mein Kampf as their political bible.” Columnist Drew Pearson, for example, wrote that “the smell of fascism has been in the air at this convention.” The Chicago Defender ran the headline: “GOP Convention, 1964 Recalls Germany, 1933.”


So it appears nothing much has changed in the last 55 years. We note, with a small degree of curiosity, how the United States turned out not to have descended into fascism after the Republican Party made Barry Goldwater their nominee in 1964. In fact, the years since have seen the demise of totalitarian regimes around the world while the United States has increased representation and the rights of its citizens on almost every front since then.

Is there any reason to think that, since the sky didn’t fall in 1964, it’s going to fall today? No.

That’s why, to answer PZ’s question, it might be 1932, but we’re not doing much.

Except exposing his lies.

Final Tally:

Today: 0 science-related posts, 3 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 52 science-related posts, 143 non-science posts.

27% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 2 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 61 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

15 July – PZ Myers and Terrorism

It’s been an interesting couple months for PZ Myers. On May 26th, he was touting the peaceful nature of progressive activists. On July 15th, he’s writing fondly about a progressive terrorist.

There’s plenty to get into today, so let’s dig right in.

PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:

There’s an argument to be made that he was committing acts of violence and that he was a terrorist. I’d disagree; a terrorist is trying to intimidate civilians with fear, while Willem Van Spronsen was targeting the tools of institutional oppression to stop terror. 



Correctly defining terrorism is, as the Wikipedia page makes clear, fraught with challenges. Like “concentration camp,” “Nazi,” or “fascist,” it only means what the writer wants it to mean. So while we disagree with PZ’s definition here, we won’t call it a lie. The bold portion of his claim, however, is a different story.

PZ is commenting here on a Washington Post article about an attack on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Tacoma, Washington. As the E in the acronym makes clear, ICE is an organization charged with the mission of enforcing United States immigration law. These laws were passed by a constitutionally elected body of representatives, signed into law by an elected chief executive, and upheld as lawful by the third branch of the United States government, the judiciary. Additionally, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution…

…granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States—including former slaves—and guaranteed all citizens “equal protection of the laws.”


Institutional oppression, according to Wikipedia:

occurs when established laws, customs, and practices systemically reflect and produce inequities based on one’s membership in targeted social identity groups.


Does a nation enforcing its lawfully passed and enacted immigration laws constitute an act of institutional oppression? If it does, then the words institutional oppression have no meaning. People living outside of the United States cannot be oppressed by its institutions. Those who make the choice to enter the United States without following the law as it pertains to immigration cannot then truthfully claim to be oppressed when the institutions of the United States government enforce those laws.


We have emigrated, on two different occasions, to countries outside the US, so we have some first-hand experience in this area. We also roughly agree with PZ Myers’s open-borders stance, to a point. But lying about what ICE does is no way to bring about immigration reform that benefits the families of those escaping brutal leftist regimes in Central and Southern America.

We also want to touch on PZ’s embrace of violence, but we’ll go more in depth after the next lie.

PZ Myers Lie #2:

There is the truly criminal act, the state terrorism we stand by and watch: private companies paid by the government to imprison innocents for being born in the ‘wrong’ place.



ICE does not imprison innocent people for being born in the wrong place. ICE temporarily imprisons people born in a country other than the US who make a conscious decision to enter the country in violation of immigration law.


At the outset of this post we said PZ has had an interesting couple of months. In late May, he was trying to persuade us that progressives were:

…still not doing real physical harm against opponents who have shot people, murdered them with cars, or dispatched roving gangs to assault people on the street. They are throwing dairy products or eggs.


Today, he borderline celebrates a man armed with a gun and incendiary devices, whose actions could have…

…resulted in the mass murder of staff and detainees housed at the facility had he been successful at setting the tank ablaze,” Shawn Fallah, who heads the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility, said in a statement. “These are the kinds of incidents that keep you up at night.”


PZ says this about him:

Will Van Spronsen is a human being who acted against evil.


We’re mostly stunned. Normally, when an unstable individual commits some act of madness armed with a gun that either could have or did result in massive loss of life, PZ is beside himself with righteous indignation, yelling at the NRA and stupid Republicans for enabling them. Today, he seems to have turned over a new leaf, welcoming this kind of violence as long as it’s directed against “evil.”

And once again, that “evil” is an entirely lawful organization enforcing the entirely lawful immigration laws of the United States.

We got a little too heated in our analysis of PZ’s post excusing the antifa violence against Andy Ngo, so we’ll stop here. But something has happened over the last two months, and we’re not sure where it will lead.


This is not the first time Trump has gone on a racist tirade.



“Racist” is another word without a meaning in today’s political climate. The four-tweet “tirade” PZ refers to from Trump today says not one word about race, but people all over the country are calling it racist, up to and including NY Times columnists. So, it would be unfair for us to call this a PZ Myers lie.

We do reserve the right to investigate any claims PZ makes that other people are racist, but for now we’ll let him get away with calling Trump a racist not because it’s true, but because the word has been redefined to mean exactly anything the speaker intends it to mean.

Final Tally:

Today: 2 science-related posts, 3 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 49 science-related posts, 133 non-science posts.

27% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 2 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 57 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

10 July – 50 Lies! And a Glimpse Into How PZ Myers Distorts Reality

We began chronicling the lies of PZ Myers 43 days ago. At the time, we wondered how long it would take to reach arbitrary milestones like 50, or 100, or 500 lies. We figured a lie a day is about what we could expect, and would result in regular content for the website.

We weren’t too far off. With six weeks of data in the can, we can confirm PZ Myers tells an average of 1.16 lies a day on Pharyngula (we love the overly specific number). Assuming he can maintain that rate, he will reach lie #100 on or about August 23rd, and lie #500 sometime in September next year, assuming we still have the courage to read PZ every day for that long.

These lies are not meaningless, either. They have an effect, both individually and cumulatively. We experienced it first hand today, and it led us to uncovering PZ’s lie.

We’ll explain in the Analysis section below. Lies are powerful, even if you’re someone who actively seeks them out.

PZ Myers Lie:

You don’t want to follow that clown. I looked, and it’s all flag-waving MAGA racist garbage, as you might expect.



“That clown,” is a reference to Twitter user Ck (@lavindir75) who, it’s safe to say, is a flag-waving Trump supporter. But are they racist? We scrolled through several weeks of their timeline and couldn’t find a single racist tweet or sentiment. To the contrary, Ck retweeted statistics showing lower minority unemployment under Trump than under Obama. In short, the charge that Ck is a racist appears to be false, meaning this is another PZ Myers lie.


Just yesterday, we mentioned the fact that PZ has a habit of lying about the very source material he posts to Pharyngula, and here is yet another example. Ck self-identifies as a Mexican American Trump supporter, which PZ probably thinks is a lie (and we’re not assuming its gospel truth, either) but having lived in San Antonio, Texas for a time it doesn’t seem that out of place to us at all.

For us, Ck isn’t the interesting part of this lie. What is interesting is that we missed it the first time around. As we made our initial pass through the post we saw the words MAGA and racist and our brain responded by thinking “that’s just how PZ talks.” We tacitly accepted that formulation until we came back for a closer look. That’s when we said, “wait a minute, let’s check this out.”

We experienced first hand the effects of PZ Myers’ non-stop lying about his political opponents. For years he’s equated support for Trump with racism – which is a lie – and even we, who are highly attuned to sniffing out his lies, fell for it.

It’s probably apropos for this lie to fall on an arbitrary and meaningless number like 50, because it validates the reasons we embarked on this journey in the first place.

Two people can’t have a real conversation if one of them consistently lies about the other. And if all you can do is lie, then you shouldn’t expect to be a serious part of any conversation.

Final Tally:

Today: 1 science-related post, 5 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 43 science-related posts, 116 non-science posts.

27% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 1 PZ Myers Lie

Since 30 May 19: 50 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

4 June 2019 – Trump and Fox News! Two Topics Right in PZ’s Wheelhouse

We haven’t seen PZ talk about Trump in the short time we’ve had this site active, and that’s surprising because Trump’s been living rent-free in PZ’s head for years. But a Presidential visit to the UK and a couple tweets about Fake News and PZ’s so apoplectic he can’t tell the truth!

PZ Myers Lie:

“First thing he does on his trip to the UK is look for Fox News, and get distressed when he can’t find it..”



PZ links to a Raw Story piece breathlessly reporting on a couple Trump tweets. The only problem for PZ is that Trump never mentions Fox News – he calls out CNN specifically in the tweets cited by the piece. PZ simply makes this up.


We actually see a lot of commonalities between PZ Myers and Donald Trump. Both use lies in the furtherance of their own agenda, only we think Trump is doing it at a much higher level. We didn’t quite understand the game of 3D chess Trump plays until we read Scott Adams’ analysis prior to the 2016 election, and we’ve not looked at Trump the same way ever since.

PZ is a less successful version of Trump, obviously, but he’s also not really playing the same game. Trump uses lies in the service of persuasion – to try to get himself a favorable deal or press coverage or the like. PZ doesn’t want a deal. He wants everyone to view the world through the lens of his lies and act in a way that pleases him.

He can’t compromise. There are no deals for PZ Myers.

But there are lies. Lots of them

 PZ Myers Lie #2:

Old man, there’s a reason Fox News died in the UK: it’s the Republican Party Propaganda Channel.



This is clearly a lie for two reasons. Fox News went off the air in the UK both because of its ratings and a pending 21st Century Fox deal to buy Sky, not because it is a “propaganda channel.” Secondly, while it undoubtedly tilts farther to the right than most other major media outlets, Fox News is not a “propaganda channel” for the Republican Party. Many liberal Democrats work for Fox News and anyone who has spent any amount of time watching the channel will tell you, at least two sides of a political debate are usually represented on the network.


We here at PZWatch have a personal connection to the network. We sat down with Roger Ailes some years ago while he was still running the network and he explained to us their philosophy. The very first anecdote he cited was the network’s decision to report on George W. Bush’s arrest for DWI just before Election Day in 2000, a move that could have cost him the election with Al Gore. The “propaganda channel” of the Republican Party wouldn’t have done that, and while we will agree that Fox is more friendly than, say, MSNBC to conservative guests and ideas, to accuse them of propaganda is a blatant lie.

PZ Myers Lie #3:

“It’s a narrow niche, and people outside the USA and outside of your partisan worldview find it repellent and ugly.”



PZ is still talking about Fox News in this quote. We’ve lived outside the US for many years now and can confirm the people do not find the cable channel repellent or ugly. We also find it a bit strange to have to write that sentence, but then again we are in the business of documenting PZ Myers’s lies so we’re going to have to write a lot of strange sentences.


There is something about Fox News that winds PZ up almost as much as Trump does. We’re not quite sure what it is, but we’d love to bottle it and sell it to University of Minnesota Morris biology students. They could torment him for years.

We think it might have something to do with Fox News’ popularity. For decades it’s been the most watched cable news channel, and PZ can’t abide a news organization not hewing closely to the progressive party line. Balance is most definitely not something he’s interested in.

And neither is truth, which is why we end today with three PZ Myers lies.

Final Tally:

Today: 0 science, 4 MORE posts on politics.

Since 30 May 19: 3 science-related posts, 21 non-science posts

Today: 3 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 11 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.