WaPo FactChecker Dismantles The “Rape Victim As A Pre-Existing Condition” Lie

In case you have stupid friends…

The notion that AHCA classifies rape or sexual assault as a preexisting condition, or that survivors would be denied coverage, is false.

At least 45 states prohibit insurance discrimination like this. Then, it takes several leaps of imagination to assume that survivors of rape and sexual assault will face higher premiums as a result of conditions relating to their abuse. A person would need to be in the individual or small-group market (most Americans under 65 are on employer-provided plans), in a state that sought waivers, and in one of two to five states that did not prohibit insurance-company discrimination against survivors of sexual abuse.

In other words, this claim relies on so many factors — including unknown decisions by a handful of states and insurance companies — that this talking point becomes almost meaningless.

We always say at The Fact Checker that the more complicated the topic, the more susceptible it is to spin. Both media coverage and hyperbole among advocates are at fault for creating a misleading representation of the House GOP health bill. We wavered between Three and Four Pinocchios, but the out-of-control rhetoric and the numerous assumptions pushed us to Four Pinocchios.

Four Pinocchios


Source: WaPo
Debunked, Fake News

Swedish Minister In Hot Water For Lying About Rape Problem

Sweden’s Integration Minister Ylva Johansson has done a U-turn after she told the BBC that the number of reports of sex crimes in Sweden was dropping.

During a recent interview with the BBC, the minister said: “When we make surveys about if any woman has been… if there has been a rape towards her or sexual harassment, we can see that the level is going down, and going down and going down”. However, this isn’t the case. The latest stats actually show a 13 percent increase in reported sex crimes in Sweden in 2016, and a general increase over the last ten years (more on this later).

Swedish social media users – including MPs, economists, and criminologists – flocked to Twitter to point out the minister’s mistake following her TV appearance.  The Moderate party’s labour policy spokesperson Elisabeth Svantesson was among those to criticize Johansson. “We don’t need more fake news,” she wrote on Twitter, calling for the minister to explain herself.

Source: Swedish minister does U-turn on comments about Sweden’s sex crimes – The Local


Pence’s Personal Email Is Not The Same As Hillary’s

Stop drawing equivalence to Hillary Clinton.

  1. Pence did not violate the law (Particularly Indiana law, which is the only law he was subject to).
  2. The reason we know what was in Pence’s email was because he followed proper and legally defined procedures, for archiving his email in such a way that it’s retrievable.
  3. This information was obtained through a FOIA request.

If you want to draw equivalence to Clinton, just show me how those three things apply to her.  Pro tip: They don’t.

Source: In 2016, Pence used hacked personal email account to discuss homeland security issues – TechRepublic

Debunked, Journalism

Jim Hoft Overplays An Old McCain Story

Giddy with dirt on a man that he hates, Jim Hoft, publisher of Gateway Pundit, gleefully exclaimed

“Wikileaks Document Shows John McCain Requested Donations from Russians” followed with an all-caps WOW.

Hoft acted like Wikileaks had uncovered a major news story, with one commenter saying

“Once again it’s the warriors in the “alternative media” who as citizen journalists find the truth that America needs to see.”

Except it’s not.  The story got plenty of airtime when it happened.  In 2008.  How do I know?  Because I wrote about it back when it happened. How else do I know?  Because the story I cited from Reuters is still available.  You can even read it right here.  The pertinent bits of info:

Moscow’s mission to the United Nations issued a terse statement on the Republican presidential candidate’s letter, saying that the Russian government and its officials “do not finance political activity in foreign countries.”

A spokesman for McCain, a long-time critic of Russia, had a simple explanation for the fundraising letter’s arrival at the Russian mission in New York: “It was an error in the mailing list.”

The letter was addressed to Churkin and sported a McCain signature near the bottom.

It’s worthy of note that Churkin did die recently, so I guess if you wanted to put your tinfoil hat on and say McCain coordinated an assassination to cover up a 9 year old story, that’s your prerogative, but I’m just gonna go with “it’s still a non-story and Jim Hoft is an ass.”

Debunked, Journalism

Spin it All You Want; Clintons Made Money From Uranium One Deal

Hillary Clinton didn’t “give up” 20% of U.S. uranium to Russia, but Uranium One donations to the Clinton Foundation might have influenced the State Department and Obama’s administration to approve the deal.

Was it merely coincidence that Uranium One officials were Clinton Foundation donors, or is there legitimate conflict of interest?

Also, did the FBI tape Bill Clinton’s speech at a Moscow bank?

There’s absolutely no way for Vox or any other Clinton public relations firm to spin the fact Bill Clinton received $500,000 from a Moscow bank with ties to the Kremlin.

Also, nothing said at Trump’s press conference refutes the fact Uranium One officials donated millions to the Clinton Foundation amid the sale of U.S. uranium to Russia.

Source: Yes, Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid U.S. Russian Uranium Deal | The Huffington Post