Glenn Kessler and his Washington Submit “Reality Checker” squad celebrated their end-of-term depend of President Trump’s “false and deceptive statements” – 30,573. Their degree of aggression clearly elevated because the time period went on, since they introduced on January 21, 2019 that they had arrived at 8,158 of these – or 26.7 p.c of the four-year complete.
Shelby Talcott of the Daily Caller put the Submit on the document explaining what all of us may count on: there will probably be no False & Deceptive Claims depend for President Biden:
Trump’s departure additionally equals an finish to having a false claims mission for the present president, as The Submit mentioned it does “not have plans to launch a Biden database presently.” Trump’s database started a month after he grew to become president, The Submit’s director of communications Shani George informed the Caller.
“The database of Trump claims was began a month after Trump grew to become president as a method to not overwhelm our fact-checking enterprise, the place the core mission is to clarify complicated coverage points,” George mentioned. “Whereas we don’t have plans to launch a Biden database presently, we are going to proceed to dig into the accuracy of statements by political figures of all celebration affiliations.”
However celebration affiliation issues: there was no False & Deceptive Statements depend for Barack Obama, and there would not have been one if Hillary Clinton received in 2016. Kessler informed Jordan Klepper at Comedy Central “By way of reality checking, Hillary Clinton is like enjoying chess with an actual professional. Reality-checking Donald Trump is like enjoying checkers [Laughter] with somebody that is not superb at it. It is fairly boring.” Klepper shot again: “You discover Donald Trump boring.” Kessler replied: “Sure! His information are so simply disproven, there isn’t any pleasure within the hunt.”
There isn’t any “hunt” for Democrats. Solely admiration for these chess execs!
On January 15, Kessler signaled his new strategy in fact-checking Biden’s address on the coronavirus. He boasted that Biden’s crew responded to him instantly. That is as a result of Democrats care about their home-team newspapers, and Biden’s crew knew he can be sympathetic.
Kessler warmly accepted Biden’s use of liberal suppose tanks just like the Brookings Establishment, the Heart for Funds and Coverage Priorities, and poverty analysts at Columbia College backed by liberal foundations just like the Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis. However when Trump used the Nationwide Federation of Impartial Enterprise for a survey of small enterprise confidence in 2018, Kessler dismissed it as a “conservative group” whose survey did not draw sufficient responses to impress him. “Deceptive”!
In a January 16 interview on CNN, Kessler elaborated on how happy he was with Workforce Biden:
VICTOR BLACKWELL: Sure. Let me ask you in regards to the president-elect. He made numerous fairly dramatic claims in his speech on Thursday, Thursday night. I perceive that your crew reached out to him and simply examine and distinction the response and response you bought from the incoming administration to what you have gotten over the past a number of years.
GLENN KESSLER: Effectively, within the case of the Biden-Harris transition crew, we requested — we recognized 5 factual statements he made. You understand, attention-grabbing claims that we needed to know in the event that they — what was the premise for this. Inside quarter-hour, we acquired citations to these factual statements they usually all checked out.
Typically, the Trump White Home nearly by no means responded to our queries, as a result of, after all, numerous what the president mentioned couldn’t be defended or defined by way of the place he bought these so- known as information. I assume the Biden — you already know, I did 5 years of Obama, and I assume the Biden presidency will probably be quite a bit just like the Obama presidency, and that they are going to be responsive, and can be capable to rapidly again up what they’re saying. And infrequently, the president will go off- kilter, significantly when he is, you already know, talking extemporaneously and never following one thing that beforehand — has beforehand been fact-checked.
Cannot you simply hear Kessler’s consolation degree?