Comedian Sarah Silverman, known for delivering her shocking jokes with a soft-spoken, ladylike manner, is backpedaling from her weak effort to speak out against gender wage inequality. Appearing in an activist video earlier this month, Silverman accused comedy club owner Al Martin of sexist wage discrimination. According to her, there was an occasion where she was paid only $10 while a male comedian was paid $60 for the same length of time on the stage. “It was pretty shitty,” she said.

It didn’t take Martin long to respond. In an interview with PJ Media, he explained that Silverman was not booked on the night in question while her male counterpart was. In fact, he said, he only let Silverman take the stage as a favor to her, and he only gave her $10 so she could get a cab home. In other words, not only did Silverman make up the story, her way of paying Martin back for his kindness was to accuse him of gender discrimination. Great example for feminists, Sarah.

Lest you think that this is a he-said, she-said situation, Silverman herself admits that she might have stretched the truth. In an interview with Salon, she said that she had been put on the spot by the activists, who asked her if she had ever been the victim of wage inequality. “This story, being just that, popped into my head. This is hardly an example of the wage gap and can only do that very true reality a terrible disservice if I were trying to make it one.”

If you were trying to make it one? But…but that’s exactly what you were trying to do!

Silverman went on to pre-emptively slam anyone who might use her lie to criticize the cause. “To the maniacs who want to use this as a chit against women’s issues, I ask that you please don’t.”

This seems to be the new gameplan for liberals. Make up a story that helps them illustrate whatever random point they have, use it to force a “national dialogue,” and then, when the story is exposed as a lie, argue that the truth or fiction of that one particular event is not the point. You probably don’t need a list of occasions on which they have followed this playbook; the news cycle has been dominated by just such stories for the last year.

The problem is that the evidence that makes up the bedrock of these movements is every bit as fictional as the sensationalized stories that spark the fire. There is no gender wage gap. At least not one that can be solved through further legislation. The laws are clear. By going further, we are abandoning a quest for equality in favor of giving total power over the private sector to the federal government. Which is, of course, the endgame.