BULLSH**TER OF THE DAY: Matthew Dowd, for elevating the false equivalence to an art form

Matthew Dowd

Matthew Dowd (Credit: Getty/Andrew Toth/Salon)

 

“Either you care both about Trump being sexual predator & Clinton emails, or u care about neither. But don't talk about one without the other.”

–Matthew Dowd, on Twitter, Nov. 1, 2016

Who said it?

Political analyst at ABC and strategy consultant for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign, Matthew Dowd.

What was the context?

This election has shaken up the media so much that journalists have finally lost their minds. That’s especially true for a particular branch of pundits who think that each of Trump’s atrocities needs to be equated to something Hillary (or her husband for that matter) has done. Because it’s only fair, right?

Is there any merit to this claim?

Um, not really. Dowd is basically saying that sexual assault is the same crime as using a private email server (which, by the way, as far as we know now is still not a crime according to the FBI). SAME THING, right? Mr. Dowd, we get it, you are “a proud independent,” but this is not bipartisanship, this is bullshit.

Is this the first time he has come out with a load of bullshit?

Dowd is not currently a top-shelf bullshitter along the lines of a Rudy Giuliani or a Kellyanne Conway, but we’ll see what the future holds for this fresh upstart!

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When China calls out Donald Trump on climate change, you know it’s bad

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Donald Trump (Credit: Getty/Paul J. Richards)

China isn’t mincing words: If Donald Trump becomes president, they expect him to do the right thing and uphold the Paris Agreement, the global accord on curbing climate change.

On Tuesday Xie Zhenhua, China’s special representative for climate-change affairs, was asked how China would work with a Trump administration if the Republican nominee is elected as president. Although he reassured his interviewer that limiting carbon emissions was part of a worldwide trend that wouldn’t cease, he anticipated backlash against Trump if he followed through on his promise to “cancel” America’s commitment to the deal.

“I don’t think ordinary people would agree if you were to reject that trend,” Mr. Xie said. “I’m convinced, if it’s a wise leader—especially a political leader—he ought to know that all his policies should conform to the trends of global development.”

There is a distinct irony in China taking the proactive stand on climate change in this dynamic. Not only is China the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, but as recently as a decade ago the nation refused to make any commitment whatsoever toward reducing its carbon footprint. The process of moving China from tentatively agreeing to reduce carbon intensity at a 2009 conference in Copenhagen to signing the ambitious climate change accord in Paris last year was by all accounts a tricky one. Indeed, China still faces criticism for the Paris accords’ lack of transparency, which in theory could be used to help China skirt accountability if there are doubts about whether it’s honoring its commitments.

The agreement, which take effect on Friday, commits the United States to a cut its net greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent by 2012. Similarly, China is committed to peaking its carbon emissions by 2030.

 

 

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