Facts Matter

Devin Darrington #36 of the Harvard Crimson reacts with teammates after scoring a touchdown during a game against the Yale Bulldogs at Fenway Park on November 17, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Devin Darrington #36 of the Harvard Crimson reacts with teammates after scoring a touchdown during a game against the Yale Bulldogs at Fenway Park on November 17, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

BOSTON, Mass (WBZ-AM) — At this moment in time in our culture, disturbingly, we seem to be having a problem with the concept of facts.

The internet doesn’t care about them.

Neither does the President of the United States and way too many of his political peers.

And when organizations devote time and money to fact-checking, they are often rewarded with abuse and disdain.

But facts do matter, and indifference to them is a disgrace.

Take the sad case of Devin Darrington, an outstanding freshman running back at Harvard who made national headlines this weekend by having a touchdown run called back during the game against Yale for making a gesture at his opponents as he neared the end zone.

USA Today said he flipped off the Yale defender.

The New York Post called it an “obscene gesture.”

Bleacher Report claimed he “gave the defense the finger.”

But that wasn’t true.

As multiple photos of the incident clearly show, he extended his index finger in the universal “we’re number one” gesture, not his middle finger.

Other news outlets were more careful in their descriptions, and the Globe ran a good article about this misrepresentation.

But unless a whole lot of corrections are forthcoming, many Americans will go to their graves thinking poorly of Devin Darrington’s manners.

That’s a shame, because the young man – a member of the Presidential Honor Roll who works with Habitat for Humanity and the Future Business Leaders of America - seems quite distinguished to me.

A future number one, you might say.

Facts matter, to some of us.

But they should matter to all of us.

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