I’ve rediscovered public radio by accident. A such, I’ve heard a lot of quotes from politicians and activists lately. I’ve also rediscovered that people don’t know what a fact is, and when to use it.
When you start a sentence with “The facts is…”, I will stop listening to you so I don’t hear when you continue with “…I believe that…” A fact about your belief is as important as a non-expert’s opinion. Just say you believe something. Don’t treat it like a fact.
It was somewhat refreshing to hear Attorney General Gonzalez testify this morning because he did not mix his recollections or opinions with facts. At least he kept the dignity of the word.