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It helps to know the facts when you accuse someone else of being dishonest

Conservative author Alan Skorski attacks liberal author Al Franken of being "one of the most vicious and dishonest political pundits in the arena today." Aside from being a completely hyperbolic statement, his examples to Tucker Carlson on MSNBC's The Situation of Franken's alleged dishonesty are in fact dishonest in and of themselves. Media Matters rebutts Skorski's unsubstantiated accusations:
When asked by host Tucker Carlson to provide two examples of Franken's "dishonesty," Skorski referred to a portion of Franken's book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right (Dutton, 2003), in which Franken exposed Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's false claims that Inside Edition, a tabloid-style news program he once anchored, had won "Peabody awards." Skorski claimed: "What Franken used to attack O'Reilly was a news column that had nothing to do with what Franken claimed it did." As his second example, Skorski claimed that Franken "made up" Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data in order to refute nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh's false assertion that the majority of minimum wage earners in the country are teenagers. In fact, the column Skorski -- and Franken -- referred to did address O'Reilly's false claim to have won Peabody awards. Also, the BLS data clearly demonstrate that the vast majority of minimum wage earners are 20 and older -- refuting Skorski's claim that Franken "made up" the data. [Read full post]
It helps to know what you're talking about if you are going to be a rebuttal witness. It's another case of Pot-Kettle-Black (a.k.a. Matthew 7:1-5) syndrome.

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