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Gene Owens: Buck has always avoided the redundant expression, “true facts.” A fact is true, or it isn't a fact. Or is it?
BY GENE OWENS Published: December 25, 2012

Merriam Webster's definitions of facts include this one: “A piece of information presented as having objective reality.”

So American Heritage regards it as a “fact” if it is “believed to be true or real.” Webster's says it's a fact if it is “presented as having objective reality.”

Buck thinks it's simpler to consider a fact as objective truth. Anything else is not a fact.

“The fact is,” said Luther Huckabuck, “I was sober as a judge when I came home from the all-night poker game.”

“Yeah,” said Floyd. “Judge Hangum High was at the same party, and he was lit up like Bricktown on New Year's Eve.”

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