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Politifact’s Aaron Sharockman

Tuesday, March 28, 2017  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Politifact’s Aaron Sharockman joined me this morning:

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Transcript:

HH: My first guest today, Aaron Sharockman. Mr. Sharockman, welcome, it’s great to have you.

AS: Good morning, Hugh.

HH: Aaron is the executive director of Politifact. He oversees Politifact operations, development and revenue. He assists in Politifact’s journalistic mission, among his other duties. Aaron has been with Politifact since 2010, and served most recently as the editor of Punditfact, a website dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows. Aaron is a 2016-17 Reynolds fellow at the University of Missouri, and he co-teaches a class on political fact-checking at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Aaron graduated from Indiana University. May I call you Aaron?

AS: You may, of course.

HH: Aaron, it is tradition on this program to begin with two questions for a new guest. Have you read The Looming Tower?

AS: I haven’t, but I’m aware of your question, so I would say I was Bob Baer guy, so I loved his memoir that became Syriana. And I enjoyed very much is work writing about Iran. It made me learn a lot about the Middle East and all the issues that we have there that’s understanding that place in the world. Continue Reading

The Difference Between Freedom and Chaos

Monday, March 27, 2017  |  posted by John Schroeder

Most of us think of freedom as “doing what I want.”  In other worlds, the absence of rules and restrictions.  But that is not the case.  Political correctness has shown us quite plainly that in the name of “freedom to express themselves,” all we have really done is swap one set of restrictions for another.  Freedom is not about the absence of rules – it is about choosing the right rules and even more importantly, the proper application of those rules.

Why must there be rules?  Well, there is a religious answer to that question, but an editorial in this morning’s WSJ got me thinking about a more practical answer.  Here’s the key:

This lost opportunity now makes tax reform even more important as a growth driver, but the health-reform failure also hurt tax reform in another major way. The Ryan bill would have reduced the budget baseline for tax reform by some $1 trillion over 10 years.

Rules exist because our perspective is limited.  I truly wonder how many people arguing against the AHCA thought about this?  Everybody on the Republican side of the aisle had good points about the faults in the bill, but I wonder if they thought about this.  See that’s why there are officers in the military and Speakers in the House of Representatives – it’s not because those people are better than us somehow, or simply like to order people around, it is because they are granted a vantage point that allows them a better perspective on the bigger picture.  In anticipation of  a visit to the Little Bighorn Battleground this summer, I am reading a book on Custer’s Last Stand.  If you don’t think vantage point – perspective – makes a difference, read that book.  It makes it plain why that battle was what it was.

I was recently involved in a traffic incident.  No damage was done, no one was hurt, but it was a near thing and the other party clearly violated traffic law.  The other party insisted everything was “OK” because they had seen us and were not going to hit us, which is true enough, but frankly immaterial.  The rules are what they are because in a similar situation with a less attentive motor vehicle operator, a death could have been the outcome.  This operator’s personal perspective is not the point.  If personal perspective is all that matters the only thing that can result is chaos. Continue Reading

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