Saturday, August 29, 2020

Scott Adams denies saying thing which he clearly said on video

Scott Adams has made lots of tweets and Periscopes lately attacking Joe Biden over what Adams calls “The Charlottesville Hoax.”  The notion of the hoax is that Joe Biden is lying by omission when he quotes the famous Donald Trump remark from the August 15, 2017, press conference about how there were “very fine people” on both sides in Charlottesville.  There was another part of the press conference where Trump said neo-Nazis and white nationalists "should be condemned totally," and Adams gets mad when people don’t highlight that part.     

Personally, I don’t agree that this thing is a “hoax,” but that’s the word Adams is pushing.

Last Saturday, a Twitter user named @reasonablemitch responded to Adams with this image:

That quote is from Scott Adams’s Periscope video on August 12, 2017, which was the same day the attack in Charlottesville occurred.  This was shortly after Donald Trump had made some public remarks on the matter.  The quote from Adams happens at the 1:15 mark. 

Adams responded to @reasonablemitch and said it was a "Fake quote."  When another person asked where the quote was from, Adams replied: "Nowhere. Fake quote. They are coming at me hard today."  That was an odd reply, because clearly the quote is real.  There's video of him saying it, and the video comes from his own Periscope.   

So what's going on?

One possibilityand this is a long shotis that Scott Adams is quibbling because the person who designed the image had put “other hate groups” at the end when Adams simply said “hate groups.”  I doubt Adams would really split hairs over that, but you never know.

Another possibility is that, in his mind, the quote is "fake" because it lacks context.  Any quote can be labeled"fake" (or a "hoax") because you can always add more and more and more context to try and adjust its meaning.  If people on the internet are wrongly interpreting what's in his mind, then Adams can say those interpretations are "fake," because the folks on the internet don't have access to the same thought process Adams had when he said the quote.          

Another possibility is he simply forgot he ever said it.

And yet another possibility is that Scott Adams has re-wired his brain in such a way so that things which are real to most other people aren't real to him.  Now you might read that last sentence and go "Huh?"  But, of the four possibilities I've mentioned, I think that's the closest to hitting the mark.