WaPo 'Fact Checker' Takes Aim at Trump Over Statement on Paper's Correction, It Does Not Go Well

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As we reported last night, Donald Trump issued a statement in response to the Washington Post quietly issuing a “correction” of sorts on what they portrayed at the time as a blockbuster story about Trump allegedly demanding a Georgia investigator “find the fraud” that would make her a “national hero.”

“You will notice that establishment media errors, omissions, mistakes, and outright lies always slant one way–against me and against Republicans,” the former president wrote. “This latest media travesty underscores that legacy media outlets should be regarded as political entities–not journalistic enterprises.”

For those who missed it, read Trump’s full statement below:

Trump’s on-point remarks did not sit well with the Washington Post’s resident “fact-checker” Glenn Kessler, who rushed to the Twitter machine and immediately faceplanted the moment he started typing. Here was his knee-jerk reaction:

Except … the fake quote from the Washington Post’s original reporting in January that was supposedly “corroborated” by other sources and news outlets was in the impeachment brief, on page 10:

The fake quote was also used during the Senate’s impeachment trial:

By Glenn Kessler’s own standards, he deserves four Pinocchios for his tweet:

As I’ve said numerous times before, so-called “fact-checkers” at major media outlets like the WaPo, CNN, and others have done about as much damage to their own profession as national media journalists have over the last decade or so, and that was especially true during the four years Trump was president. Sadly, not only does Kessler appear to be willing to continue that tradition, but instead of being contrite about his paper’s false reporting on a quote that didn’t happen, he’s trying dunks on the public figure who was hurt the most by their journalistic malpractice.

It’s not a good look at all for the news outlet that has “Democracy dies in darkness” on their masthead, but then again most of us have known all along that the paper’s Trump-era declaration about “democracy” was nothing more than shallow virtue signaling, so I guess we shouldn’t expect any better out of Kessler. This is who they are, and no matter how many times they get caught, they will never change.

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