WASHINGTON (AIP) - As a follow up to Ben Affleck’s daffy and completely inaccurate statement that Islamic State terrorists ‘couldn’t fill up a Double A ball park in West Virginia’, given the fact that most experts put the number of ISIL terrorists at between 25,000 and 35,000, we at Politicheck have decided to fact check some of Affleck’s other statements to vet the veracity of the award winning actor.
“The number of people killed by the Manson Family couldn’t fill up a Double A ball park in West Virgina,” Affleck said to Star Jones on ABC’s The View last week.
We find this to be true. The Manson Family is credited with slaughtering 9 people in the late 1960’s, which would only fill up half a row of stadium seats in a West Virginia Double A ball park.
“The number of people killed by terrorists on 9/11/2001 couldn’t fill up a Double A ballpark in West Virginia,” said Affleck to MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow on April 10, 2014.
We find this to be false. Only 2,752 innocent American’s were killed as a direct result of terrorist’s actions against the United States on September 11, 2001. Hunnicutt Field in Princeton, West Virginia, seats only 1,700 fans.
“The total number of people killed in World War Two couldn’t fill up a Double A ballpark in West Virginia,” said Affleck to Oprah Winfrey in an interview in July of 2014.
We find this to be full of shit. Experts agree that upwards of 50 million
combatants and civilians died as a direct result of the Second World War.
Overall we find that Affleck is basically full of shit and has made that tragic mistake that many other actors (i.e. Sean Penn, Jane Fonda, et al.) have fallen into: equating success on the screen as validation for their wacky, erroneous and poorly thought out and innacurate political views which only tend to muddle up serious public policy debate.