Can You Spot the GLARING Factual Error in This Washington Post Fact Check Ad?

May 30th, 2020 12:15 PM

The Washington Post has a new fact checking book out and they want you to know it’s SERIOUS. The advertisement in the May 22 edition of the paper screamed, “The essential, authoritative record of Trump’s shocking disregard for facts.” In case that was too subtle, the book is entitled, “Donald Trump and His Assault on TRUTH.”

The text for the ad, which ran in the Weekend section of the paper, hyped, “A compendium of mendacity featuring every exaggeration, specious misstatement and flagrant falsehood since the first day of the Trump presidency, compiled by The Washington Post’s Fact Checker staff.”

With those impressive sounding credentials, this has got to be the book where all the information is bullet proof as a contrast for “Trump’s shocking disregard for facts.”

But wait. Check out the second quote the Post wants you to see. What's the date on it? 



Wait, December 18, 2020? That's the future. Perhaps the Post’s fact checkers should look into that? Here’s my tweet about for a few days ago.



On May 28, the post ran the ad for the book again. Thankfully, finally, they got the date right.

Some might say that the Post has become unhinged since Trump took office. The paper responded to his election by adding the motto “Democracy dies in darkness” to the masthead of the paper and on every section of the website.