Never let the facts get in the way of a good hate

It may come as a shock to some, but this bloke is gay.

There are certain conventional wisdoms that I like to call “zombie facts”. Zombie facts are idées fixe that are clung to with extraordinary tenacity by some people, long after contrary facts are, or ought to be, widely known.

Take, for instance, the belief, firmly held by many, that “science proved that bumblebees shouldn’t fly”. The origin of this myth has long been known: some time in the 30s or 40s, a biologist and an engineer chatted over dinner. The biologist asked how, given their flimsy wings, did bumblebees fly? The engineer made some rough calculations, and concluded that they shouldn’t. Later, of course, remembering that they could fly, the engineer examined the problem more closely, and realised that the assumptions behind his dinner party calculations were all wildly off. He updated his calculations proved that bumblebees could, indeed, fly.

Yet, 80 years later, the myth persists.

The media and political ideologues also cling to zombie facts which suit their prejudices, no matter what the actual facts, or how widely they are, or ought to be, known.

Such a leftist zombie fact has reared its ugly head, this week, at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, the first openly gay athlete to win a spot on the US Winter Olympics team, turned down a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence after publicly criticising Pence’s record on LGBTQ rights

Who cares if an athlete is “openly gay”, for a start? Why do people still let how they bump their uglies be the most noteworthy thing about them? As a gay friend of mine recently said, “There’s about nine things I’d define myself as, before being gay”.

But, more to the point, Rippon is basing his little hissy-fit against Pence on a zombie fact.

“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?”

Despite it being a favourite attack on Pence by the left, this just isn’t true. It’s not only a zombie fact, it’s a blatant lie.

Mike Pence never funded gay conversion therapy. He’s never even publicly expressed support for it. Even leftist double-speakers Snopes admit it.

The origin of this leftist zombie fact lies in a 2000 campaign document. Pence argued that the Ryan White CARE Act – which was the leading U.S. Federal program for people with HIV/AIDS – should be refunded, but only when “federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus. Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior”.

Pence has always maintained that he was supporting Federal funding for efforts to encourage safe sex.

Yet, Business Insider, a publication funded by the notoriously leftist Silicon Valley elites, repeats the same zombie fact:

a statement on an archived version of [Pence’s] 2000 congressional campaign website appears to indicate his support for the practice.

That’s an opinion, and one not well supported by the facts. Given that the reporter directly references Pence’s campaign document, it follows that they had the facts to hand. Business Insider ought to remember that, according to ethics codes, “reader[s] should be able to tell the difference between the articles stating facts and materials expressing someone’s opinion or interpretation of events”.

The Business Insider article purports to be reportage, not opinion. Regurgitating long-debunked zombie facts is not reportage. It’s opinion.

But, facts be damned, apparently – especially when there’s a good dose of leftist hate to spooned out

Business Insider

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

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