Author Topic: Stop the Canal Clear-cut Group continues spreading Erie Canal disinformation on Facebook  (Read 235 times)

Doug K

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This well known quote has been attributed to a famous NY Senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan. But actually it was stated by a few others (in slightly different  wording) before he used it in 1983.

In December 1975 U.S. Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger employed an instance of the saying containing the phrase “not entitled to his own facts”. Schlesinger responded by saying that there should be a debate about the facts. He said he thought the greatest problem was self-deception.

“Everybody is entitled to his own views,” Schlesinger said. “Everybody is not entitled to his own facts.”


Facebook has never been known as the best place to find real "facts", it more of a place to find "opinions" trying to be passed off as fact. It also is known as a harbor for those who love to wallow in "self-deception", going so far as to create many "fake personas" on Facebook also referred to as "accounts" by the owners of this social media site.

Here are three related expressions to the title of this ECNA post, so there is NO confusion on the point being made here:

(1) Everybody has a right to their opinion, but nobody has a right to be wrong in their facts. - Bernard Baruch 1946

(2) You are entitled to your own views, but you are not entitled to your own facts. - James R. Schlesinger 1975

(3) People are entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own facts. - Daniel Patrick Moynihan 1983


The ECNA will continue to supply the facts on this website about all things that affect Erie Canal Neighbors.

We hope this will help all of you understand the difference between Facebook opinions about Erie Canal, it's maintenance & operation, and the actual FACTS regarding all of the NYS Canal System. Its your choice after whether to follow the truth or rush to the "opinions of the moment" which seem to proliferate this particular Facebook group.calling itself Stop the Canal Clear-cut.
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