An example of why it’s difficult to write accurate history

One of the reasons it’s difficult to write accurate history is that people who were there have trouble keeping the facts straight.

Take Stan Meckler, who was there at the founding of the Tea Party movement, writing about its birth and other topics in an “Other Voices” piece, “On the Trump Revolution,” in Tuesday’s edition of The Union.

Meckler informs us that the genesis for the Tea Party movement was a rant by “Rick Santili on MSNBC”  about the Obama Administration’s mortgage bail-out program. Alas, the name is “Santelli” and he works for CNBC. But Meckler was right about Santelli calling for a Chicago Tea Party.

That makes Meckler one for three, only acceptable when you’re playing baseball.

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4 Responses to An example of why it’s difficult to write accurate history

  1. stevefrisch says:

    Not to mention the fact that Mr. Meckler was also incorrect about the number of protesters who showed up for the tea party March on Washington. He said, ” the march drew over a million people,” the DC police and Fire Departments and independent analysis by an expert on crowd estimation from Boston College say the March drew between 60,000 and 75,000 people. If one were there I would think that would be obvious.

    He was also incorrect about the size of the California March, he said. “over 10,000 people,” the sacramento police say 1500 during the course of the day, and there is pretty good video on You Tube to cooperate that.

    Mr. Meckler said, the Tea Party, “eventually took over the House…” The House Freedom Caucus, the Tea Party affiliated caucus has 32 members out of a total 435 members of the House of Representatives.

    Mr. Meckler said, “…our taxes were being raised…” and admittedly this is more complicated, but according to the Brookings Institute and the non partisan tax Policy Center the actually aggregate tax rate declined between 2006 and 2013, and Obama actually extended the Bush tax cuts permanently.

    Mr. Meckler said. “In the last 10 years our national debt has grown more than the combined debt of all our previous presidents.” That is also incorrect, debt as an aggregate number has gone up but as a percentage of total GDP its has actually been going down, and it rose at a faster rate and was a larger percentage of our GDP during WWII.

    If he were a baseball player he would surely be a pitcher batting about .125 as opposed to a third baseman batting .300.

    I would not want him in my line up 🙂

  2. Todd Juvinall says:

    Most movements have their myths. But their myth became the reality and now we have all R’s. Ain’t it great.

  3. stevefrisch says:

    Myths based on inaccurate information when the author know they are inaccurate are called lies Todd. Those are called lies.

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