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 stage of aggression clearly elevated because the time period went on, since they introduced on January 21, 2019 they’d arrived at 8,158 of these – or 26.7 p.c of the four-year whole.
Shelby Talcott of the Daily Caller put the Submit on the report explaining what all of us may anticipate: there will likely be no False & Deceptive Claims depend for President Biden:
Trump’s departure additionally equals an finish to having a false claims challenge for the present president, as The Submit mentioned it does “not have plans to launch a Biden database at the moment.” Trump’s database started a month after he turned president, The Submit’s director of communications Shani George advised the Caller.
“The database of Trump claims was began a month after Trump turned president as a approach to not overwhelm our fact-checking enterprise, the place the core mission is to elucidate complicated coverage points,” George mentioned. “Whereas we would not have plans to launch a Biden database at the moment, we are going to proceed to dig into the accuracy of statements by political figures of all social gathering affiliations.”
However social gathering affiliation issues: there was no False & Deceptive Statements depend for Barack Obama, and there would not have been one if Hillary Clinton gained in 2016. Kessler advised Jordan Klepper at Comedy Central “When it comes to 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 is not 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 method 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 assume tanks just like the Brookings Establishment, the Middle for Price range 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 Group Biden:
VICTOR BLACKWELL: Sure. Let me ask you concerning the president-elect. He made lots of fairly dramatic claims in his speech on Thursday, Thursday night. I perceive that your crew reached out to him and simply evaluate and distinction the response and response you bought from the incoming administration to what you’ve got gotten during the last a number of years.
GLENN KESSLER: Properly, within the case of the Biden-Harris transition crew, we requested — we recognized 5 factual statements he made. You recognize, attention-grabbing claims that we wished to know in the event that they — what was the idea for this. Inside quarter-hour, we acquired citations to these factual statements and so they all checked out.
Typically, the Trump White Home nearly by no means responded to our queries, as a result of, after all, lots of what the president mentioned couldn’t be defended or defined when it comes to the place he bought these so- referred to as information. I assume the Biden — you understand, I did 5 years of Obama, and I assume the Biden presidency will likely be quite a bit just like the Obama presidency, and that they are going to be responsive, and can have the ability to rapidly again up what they’re saying. And sometimes, the president will go off- kilter, notably when he is, you understand, talking extemporaneously and never following one thing that beforehand — has beforehand been fact-checked.
Cannot you simply hear Kessler’s consolation stage?