Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics… and Glee

Fact-checking website PolitiFact took Fox’s musical series Glee to task for offering an inaccurate citation of how many people will use Spanish as their first language in the year 2030. Pop star Rick Martin made a guest appearance as Spanish teacher David Martinez, and asked his classroom, “Did you know that the U.S. Census believes that, by 2030, the majority of Americans will use Spanish as their first language?” PolitiFact discovered that the writers of the show had invented the claim.

via Politifact Awards Glee ‘Pants On Fire’ For False Ricky Martin Claim About Americans Speaking Spanish | Mediaite.

Uh, ok. Did anyone actually believe that? I mean, the character was clearly talking out of his ass, right? He predicted that in 18 years — not even a generation’s time, over half the American population will speak Spanish as a first language.

Was this not obvious? Come on, people. Did this truly require a fact check?

Surely the Glee writers didn’t respond because they were too busy laughing their assess of that PolitiFact wasted their time like this.

Also, PolitiFact, I thought I recognised you from somewhere…

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One thought on “Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics… and Glee

  1. Dear Politifact,
    Fiction=NOT true.

    Granted, there is discussion to be had about stories containing capital T-Truth, without containing lowcase t-truth. But something tells me that is way beyond the abilities of the Politifact folk. Just sayin’

    Cheers,
    Me

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