Glenn Kessler and his Washington Put up “Reality Checker” squad celebrated their end-of-term rely 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 Put up on the file explaining what all of us might anticipate: there might be no False & Deceptive Claims rely for President Biden:
Trump’s departure additionally equals an finish to having a false claims undertaking for the present president, as The Put up mentioned it does “not have plans to launch a Biden database right now.” Trump’s database started a month after he grew to become president, The Put up’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 advanced coverage points,” George mentioned. “Whereas we should not have plans to launch a Biden database right now, 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 rely for Barack Obama, and there would not have been one if Hillary Clinton gained in 2016. Kessler informed Jordan Klepper at Comedy Central “By way of truth 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 information are so simply disproven, there is no pleasure within the hunt.”
There isn’t a “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 group responded to him instantly. That is as a result of Democrats care about their home-team newspapers, and Biden’s group knew he can be sympathetic.
Kessler warmly accepted Biden’s use of liberal suppose tanks just like the Brookings Establishment, the Heart 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 Unbiased 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 Staff Biden:
VICTOR BLACKWELL: Sure. Let me ask you in regards to the president-elect. He made plenty of fairly dramatic claims in his speech on Thursday, Thursday night. I perceive that your group 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 group, we requested — we recognized 5 factual statements he made. , 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.
Usually, the Trump White Home nearly by no means responded to our queries, as a result of, in fact, plenty of what the president mentioned couldn’t be defended or defined by way of the place he acquired these so- known as information. I assume the Biden — you already know, I did 5 years of Obama, and I assume the Biden presidency might be lots 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 sometimes, 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?