And apparently there's a reason for that!
I really hate giving other writers attention when they spew such obvious nonsense, because this is what they crave. They know that a little sleight-of-words will generate a plethora of web traffic, and it's pretty darned satisfying to sit up on the top of the media throne, daring the commoners to knock them off. Meanwhile their editors turn the other way, because hey! Hits are advertising dollars, baby!
But when it is this blatant, where a writer breezily declares that true is false, and facts are lies just because the better educated spinmasters say it is so - I can't help myself. This is absolutely repulsive and deserves to be openly ridiculed. Check out the Orwellian Louis Jacobson who "fact" checked this Rand Paul statement:
Rand Paul, echoing an argument made by many Republican candidates during the 2010 campaign, said on the Nov. 7, 2010, edition of ABC's This Week with Christiane Amanpour that "the average federal employee makes $120,000 a year. The average private employee makes $60,000 a year."
and came to a "conclusion" that only a undeservingly smug, self-esteem empowered child of the '80's could possibly reach:
The numbers Paul uses are accurate, but most people hearing them would assume they referred only to salary. While critics may still be justified in arguing that federal workers are unfairly insulated from the economic trends that private-sector workers have had to weather, federal workers are not paid twice as much as their private-sector equivalents. So we rated Paul's statement False.
This haughty little snot just basically said "Well, because I think that most people are stupid, I shall decree this false even while simultaneously pointing out that it is true." Yeah, God forbid you actually educate your readers, Louie. Life must be easy for you if your readers really are dumber than the average rock.
Good heavens - is that really what the Poynter Institute is teaching these days?