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WaPo’s top fact-checker, who claims Trump told 30,000 lies, won’t scrutinize Biden the same way

The Washington Post’s top fact-checker spent four years relentless fact-checking former President Donald Trump, documenting every instance of what he declared was a falsehood.

But the fact-checker revealed recently that he will no longer aggressively track presidential falsehoods now that President Joe Biden is in the White House.

What are the details?

Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler religiously tracked Trump’s statements throughout his presidency. He declared last Wednesday, just minutes after Trump was no longer president, that Trump had uttered 30,537 “false or misleading claims” as president.

But just days earlier, Kessler explained on CNN that Biden would not be honored with the same rigorous fact-checking regimen.

Kessler’s reasoning? He opined that Biden’s administration would be like the Obama administration, implying that former President Barack Obama was mostly honest throughout his presidential tenure.

“I assume the Biden presidency will be a lot like the Obama presidency, and that they will be responsive, and will be able to quickly back up what they’re saying,” Kessler said.

Kessler cited the responsiveness of Biden’s team as why he believes Biden’s administration will be an honest one.

“Well, in the case of the Biden-Harris transition team, we asked — we identified five factual statements he made, interesting claims that we wanted to know if they — what was the basis for this. Within 15 minutes, we received citations to those factual statements, and they all checked out,” Kessler explained. “Generally, the Trump White House almost never responded to our queries, because of course, a lot of what the president said could not be defended or explained in terms of where he got these so-called facts.”

The Washington Post’s director of communications, Shani George, later confirmed Biden would not be scrutinized like Trump.

“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,” George told the Daily Caller. “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.”

How’s the Biden administration doing?

The mainstream media already have signaled they will treat Biden’s administration differently from Trump’s.

For example, last Thursday, Biden’s first full day in office, CNN reported, citing anonymous Biden administration officials, that Trump’s administration did not have a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, forcing the new administration to build one from the ground up.

The claim was widely disseminated in the media, but was clearly not true and was later rejected by Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to Biden.

“We’re certainly not starting from scratch, because there is activity going on in the distribution,” Fauci explained at a press conference on Thursday. “I mean we’re coming in with fresh ideas, but also some ideas with … the previous administration. You can’t say it was absolutely not usable at all.”

Sam Stein of Politico and MSNBC said, “Biden folks are spinning here or trying to lower the bar strategically. There was, indeed, a plan from Trump. I listened in on govs calls on vaccine distribution. The plan had obvious shortcomings. but to say there’s nothing to rework is not true.”

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Ted Cruz fires back at WaPo reporter who tries to use COVID-19 to dunk on President Trump

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blasted a Washington Post reporter on Saturday who tried to use the coronavirus outbreak to score political points against President Donald Trump.

Referring to Trump’s State of the Union address this year, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler said Trump’s pronouncement of record-low unemployment “did not age well.”

“Line from Trump’s State of the Union address that did not age well: ‘Incredibly, the average unemployment rate under my administration is lower than any administration in the history of our country,'” Kessler tweeted.

Kessler’s assertion is that Trump has somehow caused or is responsible for the skyrocketing unemployment, which surpassed 10 million new claims over the last two weeks.

In reality, coronavirus — and the government’s attempts to mitigate further spread of the virus — is responsible for the sudden economic downturn.

In response, Cruz pointed out that Trump has overseen numerous economic records, and that the unemployment rate was continuing to crater up until the COVID-19 outbreak.

“The press HATED that, three months ago, we had the lowest African-American & Hispanic unemployment ever recorded. Now that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic—which originated in Wuhan, not the Oval Office—too many in the press are giddy with glee,” Cruz responded.

Indeed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate dropped to 3.5% last September, its lowest point since 1969 when Richard Nixon was president.

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WaPo fact-checker tweets viral video slamming Trump’s coronavirus response — then has to walk it back

The Washington Post editor and chief fact-checker Glenn Kessler retweeted a video of a Fox News guest rebuking the Trump’s administration coronavirus response, but later had to correct himself.

The video popular on the left showed infectious-disease physician Rishi Desai claiming that President Donald Trump should have acted sooner based on what was publicly known about the coronavirus in December.

The video from Martha MacCallum’s show went viral and garnered more than 17 million views.

Kessler retweeted the video in a tweet from former journalist Ron Fournier that added, “Sometimes the truth sneaks up on you.”


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Hours later, the truth snuck up on Kessler, and he admitted that the video was misleading about how soon the Trump administration could have acted against the coronavirus.

“When I retweeted this I focused on his comment on testing vis a vis South Korea,” Kessler explained.

“But the first part of his statement is wrong — while some doctors suspected human-to human transmission in Dec, that was covered up by China for weeks and falsely broadcast by the WHO as no problem,” he added.

The information is key to understanding whether the Trump administration could have acted sooner, and also as to how much culpability lies with the Chinese government and the World Health Organization.

Dr. Desai used the platform to advocate for much stronger lockdown measures as a response to the pandemic, and said that if those measures were followed, there could be a drop-off within two weeks.

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