• COZY! WashPost "Fact Checker" Admits They Won't Count Biden's False Claims

    From Ubiquitous@weberm@polaris.net to alt.tv.pol-incorrect,alt.fan.rush-limbaugh,alt.politics.media,alt.politics.usa,alt.politics.miserable-failure on Sun Jan 31 04:30:43 2021
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    Glenn Kessler and his Washington Post "Fact Checker" squad celebrated
    their end-of-term count of President Trump's "false and misleading
    statements" - 30,573. Their level of aggression clearly increased as
    the term went on, since they announced on January 21, 2019 they had
    arrived at 8,158 of those - or 26.7 percent of the four-year total.

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    Shelby Talcott of the Daily Caller put the Post on the record
    explaining what we all could expect: there will be no False &
    Misleading Claims count for President Biden:

    Trump's departure also equals an end to having a false claims
    project for the current president, as The Post said it does
    "not have plans to launch a Biden database at this time."
    Trump's database began a month after he became president, The
    Post's director of communications Shani George told the Caller.

    "The database of Trump claims was started a month after Trump
    became president as a way to not overwhelm our fact-checking
    enterprise, where the core mission is to explain complex policy
    issues," George said. "While we do not have plans to launch a
    Biden database at this time, we will continue to dig into the
    accuracy of statements by political figures of all party
    affiliations."

    But party affiliation matters: there was no False & Misleading
    Statements count for Barack Obama, and there wouldn't have been one if
    Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Kessler told Jordan Klepper at Comedy
    Central "In terms of fact checking, Hillary Clinton is like playing
    chess with a real pro. Fact-checking Donald Trump is like playing
    checkers [Laughter] with someone that's not very good at it. It's
    pretty boring." Klepper shot back: "You find Donald Trump boring."
    Kessler replied: "Yes! His facts are so easily disproven, there's no
    joy in the hunt."

    There is no "hunt" for Democrats. Only admiration for those chess pros!

    On January 15, Kessler signaled his new approach in fact-checking
    Biden's address on the coronavirus. He boasted that Biden's team
    responded to him immediately. That's because Democrats care about their home-team newspapers, and Biden's team knew he would be sympathetic.

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    Kessler warmly accepted Biden's use of liberal think tanks like the
    Brookings Institution, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, and poverty analysts at Columbia University backed by liberal foundations
    like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. But when Trump used the
    National Federation of Independent Business for a survey of small
    business confidence in 2018, Kessler dismissed it as a "conservative
    group" whose survey didn't draw enough responses to impress him.
    "Misleading"!

    In a January 16 interview on CNN, Kessler elaborated on how pleased he
    was with Team Biden:

    VICTOR BLACKWELL: Yes. Let me ask you about the president-
    elect. He made a lot of pretty dramatic claims in his speech
    on Thursday, Thursday evening. I understand that your team
    reached out to him and just compare and contrast the reaction
    and response you got from the incoming administration to what
    you've gotten over the last several years.

    GLENN KESSLER: Well, in the case of the Biden-Harris transition
    team, we asked -- we identified five factual statements he
    made. You know, interesting claims that we wanted to know if
    they -- what was the basis for this. _Within 15 minutes, we
    received citations to those factual statements and they all
    checked out._

    Generally, the Trump White House almost never responded to
    our queries, because, of course, a lot of what the president
    said could not be defended or explained in terms of where he
    got these so- called facts. I assume the Biden -- _you know, I
    did five years of Obama, and I assume the Biden presidency
    will be a lot like the Obama presidency, and that they will
    be responsive, and will be able to quickly back up what they're
    saying._ And occasionally, the president will go off-kilter,
    particularly when he's, you know, speaking extemporaneously
    and not following something that previously -- has previously
    been fact-checked.

    Can't you just hear Kessler's comfort level?

    --
    Trump won.

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  • From Billy@billymik@rmail.com to alt.tv.pol-incorrect,alt.fan.rush-limbaugh,alt.politics.media,alt.politics.usa,alt.politics.miserable-failure on Sun Jan 31 13:48:57 2021
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    Ubiquitous wrote

    Glenn Kessler and his Washington Post "Fact Checker" squad celebrated
    their end-of-term count of President Trump's "false and misleading statements" - 30,573. Their level of aggression clearly increased as
    the term went on, since they announced on January 21, 2019 they had
    arrived at 8,158 of those - or 26.7 percent of the four-year total.

    http://cdn.newsbusters.org/styles/blog_image_100_/s3/2021-01/2021-01-
    23.p
    ng

    Shelby Talcott of the Daily Caller put the Post on the record
    explaining what we all could expect: there will be no False &
    Misleading Claims count for President Biden:

    Trump's departure also equals an end to having a false claims
    project for the current president, as The Post said it does
    "not have plans to launch a Biden database at this time."
    Trump's database began a month after he became president, The
    Post's director of communications Shani George told the Caller.

    "The database of Trump claims was started a month after Trump
    became president as a way to not overwhelm our fact-checking
    enterprise, where the core mission is to explain complex policy
    issues," George said. "While we do not have plans to launch a
    Biden database at this time, we will continue to dig into the
    accuracy of statements by political figures of all party
    affiliations."

    But party affiliation matters: there was no False & Misleading
    Statements count for Barack Obama, and there wouldn't have been one if Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Kessler told Jordan Klepper at Comedy
    Central "In terms of fact checking, Hillary Clinton is like playing
    chess with a real pro. Fact-checking Donald Trump is like playing
    checkers [Laughter] with someone that's not very good at it. It's
    pretty boring." Klepper shot back: "You find Donald Trump boring."
    Kessler replied: "Yes! His facts are so easily disproven, there's no
    joy in the hunt."

    There is no "hunt" for Democrats. Only admiration for those chess pros!

    On January 15, Kessler signaled his new approach in fact-checking
    Biden's address on the coronavirus. He boasted that Biden's team
    responded to him immediately. That's because Democrats care about their home-team newspapers, and Biden's team knew he would be sympathetic.

    http://cdn.newsbusters.org/styles/blog_image_100_/s3/2021-01/2021-01-23%
    2
    0%282%29.png

    Kessler warmly accepted Biden's use of liberal think tanks like the Brookings Institution, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, and poverty analysts at Columbia University backed by liberal foundations
    like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. But when Trump used the
    National Federation of Independent Business for a survey of small
    business confidence in 2018, Kessler dismissed it as a "conservative
    group" whose survey didn't draw enough responses to impress him. "Misleading"!

    In a January 16 interview on CNN, Kessler elaborated on how pleased he
    was with Team Biden:

    VICTOR BLACKWELL: Yes. Let me ask you about the president-
    elect. He made a lot of pretty dramatic claims in his speech
    on Thursday, Thursday evening. I understand that your team
    reached out to him and just compare and contrast the reaction
    and response you got from the incoming administration to what
    you've gotten over the last several years.

    GLENN KESSLER: Well, in the case of the Biden-Harris transition
    team, we asked -- we identified five factual statements he
    made. You know, interesting claims that we wanted to know if
    they -- what was the basis for this. _Within 15 minutes, we
    received citations to those factual statements and they all
    checked out._

    Generally, the Trump White House almost never responded to
    our queries, because, of course, a lot of what the president
    said could not be defended or explained in terms of where he
    got these so- called facts. I assume the Biden -- _you know, I
    did five years of Obama, and I assume the Biden presidency
    will be a lot like the Obama presidency, and that they will
    be responsive, and will be able to quickly back up what they're
    saying._ And occasionally, the president will go off-kilter,
    particularly when he's, you know, speaking extemporaneously
    and not following something that previously -- has previously
    been fact-checked.

    Can't you just hear Kessler's comfort level?

    --
    Trump won.


    Trump has never told a lie and he won. He's still not tired of winning.
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