Nanoseconds after Joe Biden was sworn in as America’s 46th president, Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s chief fact-checker, gleefully announced that during Donald Trump’s four years in office, he made 30,573 “false or misleading claims”. (Click on the link; the “special effects” provide an insight into Kessler’s pettiness.)
And in a purposeful twist of the knife, Kessler tweeted he “never would have believed this number was possible when [they] started four years ago.”
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) January 20, 2021
And just to show what
an asshat a “class act” he is, Kessler retweeted this beauty:
“Stunning fact from Fact Checker: ‘The fact checks of Trump’s statements in the database amount to about 5 million words.’”
“Democracy Dies in Darkness” unavailable for comment.
Stunning fact from Fact Checker: ‘The fact checks of Trump’s statements in the database amount to about 5 million words.’ https://t.co/dwLhbP14Tf
— AnnGerhart (@AnnGerhart) January 24, 2021
In a snarky send-off of Trump’s presidency, Kessler on Saturday wrote in WaPo: “The longer Trump was president, the more frequently he made false or misleading claims.”
“The WaPo fact-checker started tracking Trump’s ‘false or misleading claims’ as a first-100-days project, but in response to reader requests continued to add to the database throughout his entire term.
“By the time Trump left office, he had accumulated 30,573 untruths during his presidency — averaging about 21 erroneous claims a day.
“Trump made about six false or misleading claims a day in his first year as president, 16 a day in his second year, 22 a day in his third year — and 39 a day in his final year.
“Put another way, it took Trump 27 months to reach 10,000 false or misleading claims and another 14 months to reach 20,000. He then exceeded the 30,000 mark less than five months later.”
Just one question: Who checks the fact-checkers, Glenn Kessler? Who checks you? Other left-wing “fact” checkers? Or do check your predisposed political bias before you fact-check Trump, or anyone else? We both know the answers.
So out with the old, in with the new, right WaPo?
As reported by the Daily Caller, WaPo said it does “not have plans to launch a Biden database at this time.” Shani George, WaPo’s director of communications, 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.
“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.”
What a complete crock of politically-expedient crap. How and why did the “core mission” change? Or, is WaPo suggesting Biden is a consummate truth-teller?
In addition to Biden’s long history of plagiarism — most notably when he lifted an entire speech from British Labour Party member Neil Kinnock during his ill-fated 1988 presidential campaign — as noted the Caller, he was forced to drop out the race after unearthed C-SPAN footage showed him lying about where he ranked upon graduating law school.
Quoting from an October Washington Examiner op-ed titled Joe Biden is a pathological liar, “Biden claims he took part in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and not a word is true.”
“For over 47 years of public life, Joe Biden has shown himself to have an irresistible propensity to lie. He has lied to his professors. He has lied to his constituents. He has lied about his academic work. He has lied about his speeches. He has lied about his support of civil rights. He has even lied about the death of his own wife and young daughter. And today, he continues to lie to us about his son, Burisma, the CCP and himself.”
Nonetheless, while Glenn Kessler and the Washington Post dutifully trudged on for four years, intrepidly reporting on Trump’s every “lie and misstatement,” they have no “plans to launch a Biden database at this time.”
Maybe Kessler should have four or 30,573 of his Pinocchios tattooed on his forehead.
Speaking of which, as the “good” old days drew to a close, there was Kessler and WaPo, in all their “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” fact-checking glory, fact-checking the crap out of Donald Trump’s farewell address to the nation.
Analysis: Fact-checking Trump’s farewell address https://t.co/Jkc2qq53X9
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 20, 2021
Could the sheer hypocrisy of these people be more blatant? It’s rhetorical; don’t bother.
I thought I’d leave you with another example — just for grins — of quality “journalism” — this one compliment of CNN’s “distinguished” White House reporter, John Harwood.
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 20, 2021
Oh — I almost forgot. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Sunday revealed Joe’s favorite flavor of ice cream. “SPOILER,” she said.
Last week I asked you for your questions and you delivered. Answered a bunch here – and looking forward to doing this again soon. SPOILER: Revealing @POTUS‘ favorite ice cream 🍦 pic.twitter.com/DtAXZZGFdR
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) January 24, 2021