Face facts: Liberals and even some conservatives do not want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States. And since desperate times call for desperate measures, some left-leaning media outlets are becoming increasingly desperate in their attempts to disparage the GOP nominee.
Consider a “fact check” by the liberal website Politico, which found Trump’s characterization of the Islamic State as “unbelievable” to be a falsehood.
Apparently, the great minds at Politico never made it as far in school as the second grade. That’s the educational level at which children are taught the difference between fact and opinion. A fact, the Grade 2 curriculum teaches, is a statement that is demonstrably true or false. In contrast an opinion has no truth value. Saying that Trump’s opinion of ISIS is false is logically absurd. It would still be absurd even if Trump’s opinion made no sense. If, for example, he had said he finds the Islamic State to be purple or tall, the opinion might be criticized as curious, but it would still be neither true nor false.
Trump’s so-called lie is one of 87 listed by Politico magazine, which claims that Trump averaged a lie every three minutes and 15 seconds over the course of five days. Trump’s opinion that the evil carried out by ISIS is “unbelievable” falls at number 52 on the list.
“We’re presiding over something that the world has not seen,” Trump said at a rally in Florida. “The level of evil is unbelievable.”
And Politico’s take: Judging one ‘level of evil’ against another is subjective, but other groups in recent history have without any question engaged in as widespread killing of civilians as ISIS.
The Politico writers are going out of their way to lambaste Trump for having an opinion they disagree with and then trying to couch his opinion as a lie. Since by their own admission, one’s perception of comparative evil is subjective, there are no independent criteria they can cite that makes Trump’s opinion false … or true, for that matter. Politico should be ashamed.
This report, by Rachel Stoltzfoos, was cross-posted with modifications by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.