By Paul Homewood
By Amanda Erickson May 25 at 1:21 PM
Amanda Erickson is a reporter for The Washington Post’s Worldviews blog.
Truths are all alike, but every lie is dishonest in its own way.
That could be the mantra of “Not a Scientist,” by journalist Dave Levitan. Levitan has scoured the public record for politicians’ most egregious misstatements, misrepresentations and manglings of scientific fact. He fact-checks and classifies these “alternative facts,” many about climate change, and creates a taxonomy of untruths that may, he writes, help his readers suss out what’s right for themselves.
Among his categories: the “oversimplification” (when a politician says, for example, that 2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record, obscuring the complicated science of assessing global temperature); the “cherry-pick” (Sen. James Inhofe gave a master class on this when he brought a snowball onto the Senate floor in 2015 to prove that climate change…
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