Glenn Kessler and his Washington Post "Fact Checker" squad celebrated23.p
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.
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
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.
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
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
Can't you just hear Kessler's comfort level?
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