In the aftermath of the bravest political act in history, ever, I have a couple of observations:
First, if Tea Partiers are the 27%, then the NFL is the 73%. If the NFL will move the Super Bowl because of something Arizona did, then the time for debate over that thing is over. So, when they moved the Super Bowl from from Arizona in 1993 over Arizona’s reluctance to celebrate MLK day, that was pretty much the end of that racist bullshit for all but the states that will never host a Super Bowl. So, congratulations to our gay friends and family, because you’ve made it, judged by the only standard that matters. By the same standard, Latinos have not made it.
Second, is there any enterprise that has brought less credibility to “professional” journalism than fact-checking? Here’s yet another example of that kind of credulous idiocy related to the Arizona “Free to be a Bigoted Business As Long as You’re a Christian Business” bill:
“This (bill) is not a discrimination bill,” state Rep. Adam Kwasman (R) said. “It makes no mention of sexual orientation.”
The fact-checking group — a collaboration between the Arizona Republic, KPNX and Arizona State University’s journalism school — rated that statement “true.” It reached that conclusion because the bill doesn’t explicitly mention sexual orientation and Arizona law doesn’t protect gay people through its anti-discrimination statute.
If you follow the link to the original piece, you’ll see some furious backpedaling where that distinguished group of hear-no-evil, see-no-evils have revised their judgment to “somewhat true somewhat false”. Why not just flip a fucking coin? On that logic, the claim that Jeff Dahmer was a serial killer would have been “somewhat true somewhat false” if he had denied it.