Counter-opinion masquerading as fact checking

That wonderful expression – that exactly describes most, if not all, ‘fact-checking’ – comes from the Wall Street Journal. They did not at all appreciate being ‘fact-checked’ by Facebook.

I don’t want to buy into the exact story the WSJ is complaining about. Rather I’m going to show something else that turned up in my Facebook feed.

Now I suppose it is literally true that The Cat in the Hat story itself has not been withdrawn from sale – but the principle remains the same.

Anyone who thinks that Dr Seuss was a racist because one of his villains was a (green) person of colour, quite frankly, is an idiot.

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36 Responses to Counter-opinion masquerading as fact checking

  1. Mak Siccar says:

    Anyone who thinks that Dr Seuss was a racist because one of his villains was a (green) person of colour, quite frankly, is an idiot.

    Hear, hear. The idiocy of the world in which we live is on full display. That these cancel morons get oxygen is beyond my comprehension. Just ignore them.

  2. Mother Lode says:

    Independent fact checkers?

    I see it is not Australian governments that cannot distinguish between ‘independent’ and ‘impartial’.

    Independent people can independently be biased.

    Look at the ABC and Fairfax – both claim to be independent but are hopelessly biased. The only time a conservative idea is mentioned is when it is to be immediately shown to be immoral and wrong: that is, inconsistent with progressive orthodoxy

  3. H B Bear says:

    Being the village idiot now means you are onto something.

  4. John Bayley says:

    Why, oh why, are you still using Facebook, Sinclair…?

    Are you, by any chance, perpetuating the problem?

  5. rugbyskier says:

    Hear, hear. The idiocy of the world in which we live is on full display. That these cancel morons get oxygen is beyond my comprehension. Just ignore them.

    The cancel morons get the oxygen of publicity from a sympathetic left-wing media. It’s almost impossible to ignore them when it’s in your face all the time.

  6. egg_ says:

    Being the village idiot now means you are onto something.

    “Social influencers”.

  7. Dusty says:

    Dr. Seuss actually did have some hilarious racey content in the book scrambled eggs super. The russian, the black man, and the men from zogga ma tant, who wear their eyes at a….

    Nonetheless, the modern book burning of the age is another in the erasing of wrongthink. You would be mad to read too deep into it.

  8. Sinclair Davidson says:

    What you mean? I LOVE Facebook.

    I keep in touch with family and friends from all over the world – I get to troll everyone. What’s not to love?

  9. Nick says:

    Anyone who thinks that Dr Seuss was a racist because one of his villains was a (green) person of colour, quite frankly, is an idiot.

    Too true. Ironically, from the same voices who trumpet about ‘diversity’.

  10. Davo the spy says:

    Yep, lots of idiots…plenty in government part of this sort of industry

  11. Snoopy says:

    Fortunately in Australia we are blessed with RMIT ABC Fact Check which is both independent and unbiased. Even better, it’s free.

  12. Speedbox says:

    For clarity, here is a sample of the lyrics to the song:

    yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    Yeah, you f^cking with some wet a^s p^^^y
    Bring a bucket and a mop for this wet a^s p^^^y
    Give me everything you got for this wet a^s p^^^y

    Beat it up, ni^^a, catch a charge
    Extra large and extra hard
    Put this p^^^y right in your face
    Swipe your nose like a credit card
    Hop on top, I wanna ride
    I do a Kegel while it’s inside
    Spit in my mouth, look in my eyes
    This p^^^y is wet, come take a dive

    I am appalled but apparently, this is modern music and worthy of an award.

  13. calli says:

    😳

    But you mustn’t look at them. Must not make a suggestive comment in their presence. Must defer to their wymmin wisdom at every turn.

    For these precious petals are Ladies!

  14. Iain Russell says:

    I luuuurve the ‘i’ word! Go, you good thing!!

  15. Dot says:

    John Bayley says:
    March 6, 2021 at 3:58 pm
    Why, oh why, are you still using Facebook, Sinclair…?

    Are you, by any chance, perpetuating the problem?

    Yes he is. This behaviour is quite frankly reprehensible and he should be shunned.

  16. Lee says:

    I read somewhere that eBay USA has banned listings of the six books concerned.
    The Nazis Party would have been so proud!
    What next?
    Book burnings?

  17. mh says:

    RUSSELL BRAND’S CRITIQUE OF “WAP” WENT DOWN AS WELL AS YOU’D EXPECT
    The comedian is being accused of “mansplaining” Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s viral collab.

    https://www.altpress.com/news/russell-brand-wap-critique/

    Even an honest critique of WAP lands you in hot water.

  18. miltonf says:

    USA is going full Stalin

  19. Patrick Kelly says:

    Idiocy is rampant.

  20. Nob says:

    Lee says:
    March 6, 2021 at 6:36 pm
    I read somewhere that eBay USA has banned listings of the six books concerned

    Also heard this from my mate who was watching the prices rocket.

  21. Nob says:

    It’s not enough to know these people are idiots.

    How do they get such power?

  22. I read somewhere that eBay USA has banned listings of the six books concerned

    Also heard this from my mate who was watching the prices rocket.

    Tucker Carlson has reported, on air, that ebay has banned all six books & is “scouring” their listings for any sign of someone attempting to list or sell copies of the six books.

  23. Nob says:

    I note from the WSJ article that one of the fact-benders’ objections was “Missing Context. Independent fact-checkers say this information could mislead people”

    “Missing context” is how the dominant media work these days.

    (By the way, the WSJ paywall disappeared after a couple of clicks)

  24. Squirrel says:

    “Fact-checking” is “calling out” for people with slightly longer attention spans.

  25. Lee says:

    Tucker Carlson has reported, on air, that ebay has banned all six books & is “scouring” their listings for any sign of someone attempting to list or sell copies of the six books.

    Who appointed eBay moral or ethical guardians?
    The government couldn’t have enforced such a ban under the First Amendment
    Certainly they would have thumbed their noses had Trump, not O’Biden been president.
    Not that Trump would have even suggested banning books.

  26. PB says:

    “I am appalled but apparently, this is modern music and worthy of an award.”

    Nation-wrecking through the normalisation of degeneracy. They’ve been at it a long time.

  27. Buccaneer says:

    Fact checking memes, the the totalitarian urges run deep at fascistbook

  28. mh says:

    Whores in this house
    There’s some whores in this house
    There’s some whores in this house
    There’s some whores in this house (Hol’ up)
    I said certified freak, seven days a week
    Wet-ass pussy, make that pullout game weak, woo (Ah)

  29. Maniac says:

    “That these cancel morons get oxygen is beyond my comprehension. Just ignore them.”

    Ignoring cancer won’t make it go away. These cancel culture Leftoids need to be dealt with, and soon.

  30. will says:

    these cancel morons

    they are not morons; they are evil psychopaths who have an agenda of total control.

    Much like the idiot half Kenyans DOJ and IRS being used to destroy any opposition.

    This is now ongoing with the totally evil Bribeme administration.

  31. Shy Ted says:

    Heard on the grapevine there’s a new Dr Sue Us book out – The Chap In The Cap
    Sneak peak of the rhymes –
    There’s a chap without a doubt
    Who wears a cap so his brains don’t fall out
    Betrays his base so they’ll think he’s nice
    A waste of space at extortionate price.

    Out any day now.

  32. Kneel says:

    “…the modern book burning of the age…”

    It’s much more insidious than burning books – much worse than just that.
    Burning books means they have already been published – you MAY have been able to read them first, you may have been able to keep a copy hidden.
    When a company with around 60% of book sales (Amazon) bans a book from sale, no publisher will even print it, meaning the concepts, ideas etc are never disseminated, the book is never even published, the ideas and concepts fully suppressed from perusal by us deplorables.
    When another company with a large part of the second-hand trade (ebay) bans even second-hand copies of this book being sold, it is even more of a concern – especially given that this book is banned for being deemed “racist”, yet you can still buy Mein Kompf and other racist drivel written by self confessed racists and some of the worst individuals we have ever seen (I will not call such dross “human beings”, they are worse than animals!).
    Then there is the clear 1st amendment breach of congress-crtiiters demanding to know why cable TV suppliers carry channels they deem “fake news” – clearly a signal to obey and get rid of the “wrong-think” people or be investigated, have your reputation trashed etc etc.

    Strange, innit? In the 1960’s the left didn’t trust “the man”. Now they are “the man”, “the man” is the only one you can trust! “The man” is big brother, and he is watching you and protecting you from “toxic” ideas – ideas like men being real men, women being real women, being proud of your country and the ideas it was built on, meritocracy, freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom to practice your religion and so on.

  33. m0nty says:

    Remember a few short months ago when you lot basked in the glory of Trump?

    And now you’re spending your days on this crap. How the haughty have fallen.

  34. JohnL says:

    If idiots are in power those who voted them in got a good deal.

  35. Dot says:

    m0nty says:
    March 7, 2021 at 10:42 am
    Remember a few short months ago when you lot basked in the glory of Trump?

    And now you’re spending your days on this crap. How the haughty have fallen.

    Ah yes it’s crap monty?

    Wet ass pussy, great for culture? Dr Seuss, left winger and anti racist, not woke enough?

    You’re absolutely passive in your malleability for the hard left to achieve all of its goals.

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