Apropos of this baffling exchange I had with a right-wing 'Brexit' supporter on on Twitter yesterday I'd like to know if my definition of a fact ('a thing that is known or proven to be true') is correct or if my co-respondent is the one with the winning definition.
To save you braving the nonsense that is twitter, it went something like this:
- A user posts a pic of the front-page of todays Independent newspaper. It is headed '50 key facts to help you decide' [whether to vote in or out of the EU].
- Someone then comments 'Biased 'facts' no doubt.'
- To me this just seems wrong - a 'fact', surely, is a thing known or proven to be true?
- I suggest that his comment is oxymoronic - how can a fact be biased?
- Someone then claims that 'biased facts means facts that are used for a biased purpose. If all the facts were there it would be unbiased'
- I think his argument, as worded and stated, is a nonsense.
* UPDATE * I really don't want anyone to get drawn into the EU referendum (or any other political debate) - I'm asking specifically about the meanings of the words per se so I would prefer it if explanations did not explain things in terms of economics, immigration, demographics or whatever.