Hoax Acceptance Ratio

Many people live in the bubble where it’s possible for them to believe all of these insane, ridiculous stories about how Trump called the pandemic a hoax, refused to send supplies to Michigan because the governor is female, that somebody died in Arizona because he “self-medicated with a drug” that Trump recommended on TV, that Trump cut funding for pandemic preparedness, etc.

These are the people who witnessed the Mueller hoax, the Ukrainian hoax, the Jussie Smollett hoax, the Covington hoax, the Kavanaugh hoax, etc, and are still unshaken in their belief system. Curiously, the willingness to accept these hoaxes uncritically is in direct proportion to the number of degrees people hold.

18 thoughts on “Hoax Acceptance Ratio”

  1. Trump did call the pandemic a hoax. I saw it on live TV. He refused to send supplies to Michigan because the governor was a Democrat critical of him, not because she was female. Someone died somewhere, I don’t remember where, from taking a substance with a name similar to the one that has shown some promise against COVID-19. Trump did not recommend it but did say he was hopeful that it would work. The person who took the toxic substance with a similar name was either ignorant of chemistry or else not paying attention to exactly what Trump said.

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    1. No, he didn’t. I listened to the actual speech. He said what Democrats were saying about his approach to the virus was a hoax.

      It’s all a lie, as usual.


      1. Here’s an apology from the journalist who initially spread this lie:

        Amber Phillips


        My apologies for quoting the president out of context. As The Washington Post’s Fact Checker makes clear, he called Democrats politicizing coronavirus a hoax. I have deleted the incorrect tweet.


      2. “It’s all a lie, as usual.”

        The pattern is to lie, let the lie circulate prominently, and then if there’s enough blow-back, print a qualified retraction several days later deeply buried somewhere between the orbits and the comics.

        What’s disturbing is that not that it unfairly defames Trump as an individual, but that this kind of lying echo chamber has become the norm in a liberal democracy thereby undermining its institutional stability.

        “Trump did call the pandemic a hoax. I saw it on live TV.” Interesting that this comment, posted above, appears to have collected 9 ‘thumbs up’ and 1 ‘like’ from readers who all appear to be have been wearing their orange-man-bad 3-d glasses 24/7 while simultaneously sticking their fingers in their ears and humming.


  2. Remember back when we had the Anthrax scare, and there was that whole family who died because they sealed up their house with plastic and tape, and suffocated? There’s always someone…


  3. “Curiously, the willingness to accept these hoaxes uncritically is in direct proportion to the number of degrees people hold..”

    “Teddy said it was a hat, So I put it on. Now dad is saying, ‘where the heck’s the toilet plunger gone?'” (Shel Silverstein)

    “Qu’un sot savant est sot plus qu’un sot ignorant.” (Moliere)


  4. For the cheap seats:

    “Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. You know that, right? Coronavirus. They’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs, you say, ‘How’s President Trump doing?’, ‘Oh, nothing, nothing.’ They have no clue, they don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa, they can’t even count. No, they can’t. They can’t count their votes. One of my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.’ That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything, they tried it over and over, they’ve been doing it since he got in. It’s all turning, they lost. It’s all turning, think of it, think of it. And this is their new hoax. But you know we did something that’s been pretty amazing. We have 15 people in this massive country and because of the fact that we went early, we went early, we could have had a lot more than that.”
    (emphasis from source)

    The fact that David Bellamy saw these words live and David Gendron said, “he really called it a hoax” (don’t know if he saw the video), suggests that people do not draw too fine a line between calling the actual novel coronavirus a hoax, and what Trump seems to be saying here, which is that saying his bad handling of the virus situation is a great handling of the situation.

    I, for one, do not call having the most active cases of COVID-19 in the world (as of this post), a wonderful handling of this situation. I am not obliged to give him some benefit of the doubt when he has made it abundantly clear from the jump that he only sees himself as the president of his loyal syncophants. There’s a bank of credibility that presidents draw from in crises and his is marked “insufficient funds.”


    1. “people do not draw too fine a line between calling the actual novel coronavirus a hoax, and what Trump seems to be saying here…”

      Ok, I guess that barefaced-lying can now be renamed “not draw[ing] too fine a line” – once again confirming that English is perhaps the most flexible language in the world.

      “having the most active cases of COVID-19 in the world…”

      yes, of course, this is on Trump totally and he’s probably also personally responsible for the somewhat relevant fact that the US is the third most populous country in the world.


      1. How can we know who has the most cases? Russia is not testing. China isn’t reporting anything.

        Plus, the most cases or the most cases per capita? The US is clearly doing much better than Italy and Spain. Somehow, it seems like more sociable cultures do much worse than the least sociable. The US is somewhere in the middle in that sense.


        1. “How can we know who has the most cases?”

          Ok, let’s play a little numbers game with the big 4 of the EU – Germany, France, Italy, Spain. Total population, 258 million with 280,000 active cases. The U.S.A. has a significantly larger population of 327 million with about half (142,000) the active cases.

          And so, after crunching the numbers, the “Stable Genius” wins bigly with his “wonderful handling of the situation.”

          It’s such complete bunkum reducing a highly complex set of medical and social issues to one single political variable – Trump. But, by all means, bring on the tinfoil hats…


          1. Exactly. I’m so tired of people’s obsession with Trump. All day long for years it’s TrumpTrumpTrump.

            This is clearly a pandemic. Many very different countries are suffering. It’s a bad situation globally. Can we forget about the overpowering need to discuss Trump for two seconds? There are things on the planet that are not about him.


            1. “Can we forget about the overpowering need to discuss Trump for two seconds?”

              If God is dead, and the state is your God and source of blessed virtue, and The Evil One (aka Satan) has unaccountably/unforgivably seized control of heaven, well then, I suppose the answer is a firm, hysterical “no.”

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        2. You’re right for Russia and China, but US is behind Europe in terms of spreading, we have to wait, and the situation will be different in big cities like New York and New Orleans comparing to places like West Virginia.


    2. There are some Trump supporters who called it a hoax (not all, Stefan Molyneux takes it very seriously since mid-February and Tucker suggested to Trump to take that more seriously), and many libertarians like Ron Paul (sic), called it a hoax 10 days ago. So, I probably confuse Trump with them.


      1. Bill DeBlasio was telling New Yorkers there was no danger in early March. March! And he was one of several Dem politicians in NYC to do so. I’m not blaming them. It’s easy to make a mistake on this one. But let’s not pretend everybody was super serious about it from the start.


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