Wednesday Link-Off: Truthiness

giada-de-laurentiis-campari15-02Is the truth really a matter of perspective? I know there are two sides to every story and the truth often lies somewhere in the middle. It almost seems like politicians are rewarded more as they stray farther from the truth. It’s not any one side, either. It’s as if the farther you get from the political centre on either end of the spectrum, the farther you get from the truth.

We’ll have more on that in a minute as we do the Wednesday set of links. Let’s kick things off today with Giada de Laurentiis.

The PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter goes from True to Pants On Fire. The Donald’s claim that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered when the World Trade Center buildings came down could break the scale. (PolitiFact)

On that note, Bernie Sanders wants his shot at Trump to challenge his “facts.” The trick with people who have no facts is that they’ll force people to spend so long debunking made up stuff that they’ll never have the time to make their own points. (The Hill)

It’s all because Trump is trying to appeal to the GOP base to win a primary. Will this help him win an election? Most of the world hopes not. (The Guardian)

While many American politicians want to ban Syrian refugees entering America, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says he’s more afraid of armed white men than refugees. So are most smart people and minorities. (Think Progress)

A BBC investigation said that a commonly used bomb detector is nothing more than a divining rod. So why is it still in use? (The Intercept)

A Pew Research survey says that 65% of Americans believe that the news media has a negative effect on the country. They’re still doing better than Congress which is at 75%. (Washington Examiner)

You can’t be best in the world at everything. For example, in environmental sustainability, Canada ranks 71st in the world. At least our ranking end with “1st.” (National Observer)

Only in Canada can a man rob a convenience store with a snowbrush as his weapon. (Thunder Bay News Watch)

There’s a tournament to determine the worst account on Twitter. I follow a shocking number of them, though “worst” is a matter of perspective. (New York Magazine)

A battle is brewing between the Detroit Lions and their radio broadcaster. I wonder if they can win this battle the way their season is going. (Detroit Free Press)


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