Folks. Let's have a talk. We're going to discuss claims made and backing it up. Why? Because this was left as a comment on our Facebook page:
This was the first comment in a stream, but it's the most valid out of the group as far as what we need to discuss.
My issue isn't with the claim. You're allowed to believe whatever you want to believe. My issue is with everything after it.
If you make an arbitrary claim - which this is - don't finish it off by telling the person to Google it or to pay you - I can't believe he actually demanded payment - for the research to back up his claim. Keep in mind, this was his first comment on the subject. No one came at him demanding he back up his claim... he made the claim and then said he'd back it up if we paid him.
If he'd made the comment and left it at that there wouldn't have been an issue. But the whole thing afterwards brings up a huge issue we have in this country right now... the inability to debate. And this is a glowing example of it.
He isn't doing anyone's work for them, and sure isn't doing anything that requires payment. If you make a claim, back it up. "Google it" is not a valid response. You made the claim, you back it up. Period. Don't make a claim and then demand people spend their time to prove the point for you. That's your job.
Especially before anyone even bothers to challenge you on it.
I hear people complain all the time about how leftists make claims and then when someone challenges them they tell the person to Google it. But then you do the same thing and think it's reasonable? It isn't. If you don't want to be challenged, and you don't want to back up a claim, don't make the claim. Simple as that.
The guy was a troll. Why he was trolling people on his own side, I don't know, but here we are. Trolling, if done well, can be very hard work. Most of the trolls who do it well can back up their claims quickly and efficiently, and Google never crosses in. Now, while I don't make a habit of trolling, I do counter troll. I've been around a while, I am a mellow counter troll, but if someone trolls me, I put them down. That's just how it is. It's fun watching them flip their lids because I don't lose my cool over it. I make sure I can back up what I'm saying. That's just how it goes.
Now, I'm not a Milo fan, but if you watch Milo doing his thing, you can see that when someone confronts him, he has information to back it up. I've never heard him tell someone to Google it. I've never heard him demand payment to provide information that backs up a claim he makes. If you want to learn how to troll, watch Milo. If you want to learn how to debate, watch Ben Shapiro. If you want to troll people with debate, watch them both. It's a learning experience.