Glenn Kessler and his Washington Publish “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 they’d arrived at 8,158 of these – or 26.7 p.c of the four-year complete.
Shelby Talcott of the Daily Caller put the Publish on the report explaining what all of us may count on: there can 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 Publish mentioned it does “not have plans to launch a Biden database at the moment.” Trump’s database started a month after he grew to become president, The Publish’s director of communications Shani George advised the Caller.
“The database of Trump claims was began a month after Trump grew to become president as a strategy to not overwhelm our fact-checking enterprise, the place the core mission is to elucidate complicated coverage points,” George mentioned. “Whereas we wouldn’t have plans to launch a Biden database at the moment, we’ll proceed to dig into the accuracy of statements by political figures of all occasion affiliations.”
However occasion 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 taking part in chess with an actual professional. Reality-checking Donald Trump is like taking part in 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 info are so simply disproven, there is no pleasure within the hunt.”
There is no such thing as a “hunt” for Democrats. Solely admiration for these chess professionals!
On January 15, Kessler signaled his new method in fact-checking Biden’s address on the coronavirus. He boasted that Biden’s staff responded to him instantly. That is as a result of Democrats care about their home-team newspapers, and Biden’s staff knew he can be sympathetic.
Kessler warmly accepted Biden’s use of liberal assume tanks just like the Brookings Establishment, the Middle for Finances 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 quite a lot of fairly dramatic claims in his speech on Thursday, Thursday night. I perceive that your staff 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 over the past a number of years.
GLENN KESSLER: Properly, within the case of the Biden-Harris transition staff, 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 idea for this. Inside quarter-hour, we obtained citations to these factual statements and so they all checked out.
Typically, the Trump White Home virtually by no means responded to our queries, as a result of, in fact, quite a lot of what the president mentioned couldn’t be defended or defined by way of the place he acquired these so- known as info. I assume the Biden — you recognize, I did 5 years of Obama, and I assume the Biden presidency can be lots just like the Obama presidency, and that they are going to be responsive, and can be capable of shortly again up what they’re saying. And infrequently, the president will go off- kilter, notably when he is, you recognize, talking extemporaneously and never following one thing that beforehand — has beforehand been fact-checked.
Cannot you simply hear Kessler’s consolation degree?