Author Archive: Bryan W. White

Correction: The Bureau of Labor Statistics still tracks CPI-E

Contrary to what we stated in our post reviewing AARP’s description of chained CPI, the Bureau of Labor statistics continues to track an experimental version of the consumer price index intended to help account for differences in spending patterns among older Americans. The correction has no impact on the evaluation of the AARP presentation, nor does it affect our statement…
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PolitiFact vs. Michele Bachmann on Alzheimer’s disease

“Are bureaucrats, high taxation and trial lawyers keeping America from tackling Alzheimer’s disease? Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said they are during a speech to CPAC, the annual conservative conference.” —PolitiFact, March 20, 2013   Overview PolitiFact sets a straw man ablaze. The Facts Rep. Michele Bachmann drew PolitiFact’s attention with her March 16 speech at an annual gathering sponsored by…
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Fact checking AARP’s explanation of chained CPI

“After five years of retirement, when you’re 70 years old, you could lose $645.  And after 10 more years, when you’re 80 years old, you would’ve lost a grand total of $5,113.  In 25 years under chained CPI, you would’ve lost a grand total of $13,715.  That’s almost $14,000 of your hard-earned money, snatched from your wallet.” –David Certner, AARP…
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Democrats say new Ryan budget would force over 45 million seniors out of traditional Medicare

“45,007,000 seniors would be forced out of traditional Medicare and into a voucher program.” —Democratic Policy & Communications Center   Overview Democrats’ evaluation of new Ryan budget uses language that leaves a misleading impression. The Facts The statement drawing our focus occurs right off the bat in the Democratic Policy & Communication Center’s official evaluation of the newest version of…
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NBC’s David Gregory says Republicans will not accept any ratio of spending cuts to revenue increases

“I mean, you just heard it. There is no ratio of spending cuts to revenue increases that Republicans will accept.” —David Gregory, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press”   Foreword We’re aware of our relatively tight focus on budget deal rhetoric.  This item struck us because a major news media figure (Gregory) beautifully parroted the gist of the administration’s budget…
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Jay Carney says Boehner declares refusal to negotiate with President Obama

“The President has put forward a proposal that will be reflected in his budget and the principles will be reflected in his budget.  And that proposal, as you know, because you covered it, that he made to the Speaker of the House demonstrated his willingness to find common ground with the Republicans on both revenue and entitlement cuts, demonstrated his…
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Of fallacy and the rhetorical “booby trap”

We’re adding a new icon to our ratings arsenal. We use fallacy icons and descriptions from yourlogicalfallacyis.com because that site did a great deal of good work designing fallacy icons—work we’d have ended up doing otherwise.   Yourlogicalfallacyis.com also provides simplified descriptions of the fallacies well-suited to readers new to analyzing rhetoric in terms of logic. We use a variety of…
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Jay Carney claims Boehner changed position on tax reform generating $1 trillion in revenue

“It is the President’s position that in pursuit of balanced deficit reduction that includes both entitlement reforms and revenues from tax reform, that the offer he made to Speaker Boehner remains on the table, and that if the Speaker of the House were to change his position and go back to the position he held just a few months ago,…
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EMILY’s List president says court win for Hobby Lobby would result in millions of women ‘losing basic health coverage.’

“At Hobby Lobby alone, the care of thousands of women in 42 states is at risk. And if the courts side with them, that means millions of women face losing basic health coverage.” —Stephanie Schriock, EMILY’s List   Overview An email from Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, uses technically true statements to serially exaggerate the potential effects of the…
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