The Washington Post has shut down its presidential fact-checking database that was started under former President Donald Trump, but will not go past Joe Biden’s 100th day in office, drawing criticism from conservative corners, according to Fox News.
Quoting the Post’s Glenn Kessler, editor and chief writer of the Fact Checker column, the Washington Times noted rival Washington Post will continue fact-checking Biden, who has already logged 67 “false or misleading statements” since taking office. But the Times recalled that Trump was reportedly fact-checked and during his first 100 days, racked up 511 “false or misleading claims.”
Why the WaPo started fact-checking and keeping a database on Trump isn’t explained. The Times article said Trump “made 30,573” false or misleading claims while in office.
Kessler announced the change via a tweet in which he said about keeping a database, “I have learned my lesson.” He’s apparently kept three people busy keeping tabs on Trump and now Biden. It takes hundreds of man-hours.
This doesn’t mean Biden will stop telling fibs or that the Post will stop catching him at it. Several days ago, AmmoLand News declared in a headline that Biden’s “nose keeps growing” as he had just earned “two Pinocchios.” As noted by the Times article, “The Fact Checker, known for its one-to-four Pinocchio scale,” with the scale running from one Pinocchio to four being the worst. Pinocchio was the Disney cartoon character, a wooden boy whose nose grew each time he told a lie.
While Biden apparently hasn’t racked up as many canards as Trump is alleged to have done, he is widely known as a gaffe machine, ever since his days in the U.S. Senate, and during his term as Barack Obama’s vice president.
Fox News noted in its report, “In a writeup in the soon-to-be-mothballed database, the Post wrote the “Joe Biden era has offered a return to a more typical pattern when it comes to a commander in chief and his relationship with the facts — one that features frequent spin and obfuscation or exaggeration, with the occasional canard.”
But Kessler may have added to Biden’s current image as an aging pol who needs a handler when he reportedly wrote, “Biden’s relatively limited number of falsehoods is a function, at least in part, of the fact that his public appearances consist mostly of prepared texts vetted by his staff. He devotes little time to social media, in contrast to his Twitter-obsessed predecessor, and rarely faces reporters or speaks off the cuff.”
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