“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”
— Harlan Ellison
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
— Daniel Patrick Moynihan
“No, you’re lying! You’re lying! What makes you lie?”
— Ned Flanders (The Simpsons: Season 14, Episode 10)
We here at CalvinAyre.com consider it our job to push back against articles, editorials and/or comments made by politicians, self-described moral watchdogs and journalists who are either woefully misinformed or deliberately misrepresentative in their efforts to demonize online gambling. We know we do this on a fairly regular basis, and finding new ways to make the same points can be a challenge, so we recognize that some members of our industry may find this repetition tedious. But given that our opponents keep making the same baseless charges, we figure we gotta keep playing whack-a-mole until the game is done.
Which brings us to this editorial railing against Barney Frank’s HR2267 online gambling legislation, which reads almost like a ‘greatest hits’ of anti-gambling clichés, misinformation and outright falsehoods from the usual suspects. Never mind that studies from John Hopkins and Harvard have debunked most of the claims made by nutty professor Kindt and company, but so long as he and his ilk keep lobbing those softies over home plate, we’ll keep knocking them out of the park. Read more.