I am writing a persuasive argument in rebuttal of a specific document. I'm tired of the word "distortion," and this time I want to say it with a simile. Please help me find a good simile for this situation.
Context: the document I'm rebutting states
The court determined that Student B exhibited adverse educational impact because notwithstanding her passing grades, during her final year at School #1, her symptoms were sufficiently severe that she was unable to attend public high school at all and required homebound instruction.
The distortion is in the word "passing." Student B was actually earning all A's and B's. But the author of the document finds it expedient to call the grades "passing" because elsewhere in the document she argues that Student A did not experience a significant academic decline when he went from a 3.8 gpa to a 2.2. So she harps on the fact that although Student A's grades have been declining, he is still passing his courses... and therefore should be found ineligible for special education.
So, after quoting the specific passage from the court decision about the "A's and B's," I want to say
Calling such grades “passing” is like ...
and that's where I need a good simile.