It's a Fact. No Discussion Needed. Or Is It?

"[XYZ] actually said 'Facts can be debated.' Think about that for a moment!"
With these words, a meme in current circulation takes to task a public statement by a public figure.  So, let's do “think about that for a moment.”  Are facts debatable?

Historical 'Truth'

4 January 2015
History is not a collection of raw facts we simply look up and copy down. Nor can we peel away the layers of time to find the plain truth revealed. ...

Facts vs. Speculation vs. Interpretation

26 December 2014
Jack Webb, the famed Dragnet detective, consistently called for “Just the facts, Ma’am, just the facts.” That stance, a wise one for detectives, has its counterpart among historical researchers who recognize the difference between documented “facts,” speculation, and interpretation.

Information Is Not Knowledge

29 August 2014
Contrary to the old cliché, facts do not speak for themselves. Facts are chameleons whose shape and color reflect their handlers. A beginning researcher and a skilled one can read the same information in a record
and draw two separate conclusions, based upon ...

Facts, Truths, and Reality

20 February 2014
History researchers do not discover facts. We do not record facts. We do not prove facts. There is no way that we can determine the actual facts about past generations and centuries. ...