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With Barack Obama’s assistance, the legacy media has glommed onto the peril “fake news,” “fake news” being any information which hurts Democrats or progressive political causes, and have set out to have media fact checkers declared the arbiters of what is true and what is false. There are a lot of dangers in this. PoltiFact, for instance, is funded by major donors to the Clinton Foundation and has relentlessly found any question about the Clinton Foundation to be false (even to the extent of denying the foundation’s own pubic financial filings). They have yet to disclose their conflict.
But the fact checkers aren’t content with mere matters of fact. They also want to make sure you have the correct beliefs. During the primaries, Ted Cruz criticized the Iran nuclear deal by saying it would speed up Iran getting a nuke. PolitiFact found his opinion to be false based on the notion that sanctions could be resumed even though one of the conditions of the deal was the lifting of sanctions.
Last night, Meryl Streep criticized Donald Trump. He struck back:
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Now AP is fact checking Trump’s opinion:
While “overrated” is an opinion, Streep, who took aim at Trump in her speech while accepting the Globes lifetime achievement award, holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor. She has earned 19 Oscar nominations and three wins, as well as a record 29 Golden Globe nominations and eight wins, and two Emmy Awards.
Plus there’s a Presidential Medal of Freedom, not to mention 10 People’s Choice Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, four National Society of Film Critics Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor and has been named a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest civilian honor given by the French government.
She’s also earned a Tony Award nomination, five Grammy Award nominations, the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award, an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain, an American Comedy Award, an Irish Film and Television Award, two Italian Online Movie Awards, two Teen Choice Award nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Additionally, there have been honors from film critics from Toronto, St. Louis, San Francisco, Phoenix, Palm Springs, New Jersey, Iowa, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Florida, North Texas, Oklahoma and Washington, D.C.
None of that, I’d hasten to point out, means she’s not overrated. To the contrary, one would expect a personally popular and politically connected actress who was a mediocrity to have tons of awards, because they are awarded based on, wait for it, opinion. And lots of awards for not much talent is the sine qua non of being overrated.
For Heavens’ sake, Susan Sontag won tons of awards, (according to Wikipedia– 1978: National Book Critics Circle Award for On Photography; 1990: MacArthur Fellowship; 1992: Malaparte Prize, Italy; 1999: Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, France; 2000: National Book Award for In America; 2001: Jerusalem Prize, awarded every two years to a writer whose work explores the freedom of the individual in society; 2002: George Polk Award, for Cultural Criticism for “Looking at War,” in The New Yorker; 2003: Peace Prize of the German Book Trade (Friedenspreis des deutschen Buchhandels) during the Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse); 2003: Prince of Asturias Award on Literature; 2004: Two days after her death, Muhidin Hamamdzic, the mayor of Sarajevo announced the city would name a street after her, calling her an “author and a humanist who actively participated in the creation of the history of Sarajevo and Bosnia.” Theatre Square outside the National Theatre was promptly proposed to be renamed Susan Sontag Theatre Square.) What’s next, does AP fact check Crash Davis’s famous monologue from Bull Durham?
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