Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Wish we'd had this in 2000 or so

Courtesy of CQ and the St. Petersburg Times comes Polifact. Curious about the 2008 soundbites? Polifact separates the mostly true from the half true and the utter bullshit.

How effective is Polifact? Let's took at the claim from Joe Biden that George W. Bush is brain dead:

It’s an extreme charge, since brain death is defined as “irreversible unconciousness with complete loss of brain function” (Encyclopedia of Death and Dying).

Needless to say, we find the charge ridiculous. There’s no evidence Biden performed the necessary medical tests to make such a diagnosis. We would have accepted the results of a cerebral blood flow study or proof that Biden had examined Bush to see if he had an oculocephalic reflex.

Indeed, even people who disagree with the president about Iraq and assorted other issues will acknowledge that the president has spontaneous respiration and is responding to stimuli.