One of the most disturbing tactics of “fact checkers” is claiming they can fact-check the future. Predictions are not facts. To declare a prediction is "Wrong" is political, not factual. AP's "Fact Check" team decried Trump "making a baseless claim of surging suicides if the U.S. economy remains mostly shut." They said "There's no evidence." That's because it's in the future! But experts disagree on what will happen.
Dr. Tony Fauci has become widely seen as a nonpartisan health expert during the coronavirus pandemic. But that didn’t stop Washington Post “fact checker” Glenn Kessler from throwing a harsh “Four Pinocchios” (pants on fire) verdict for a statement to NBC anchorman Lester Holt that Italy's terrible infection and death rate came because "they had an open border, they let people in."
In Saturday’s New York Times, Noah Weiland and Maggie Haberman irresponsibly suggested coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx has hopelessly compromised her integrity for trying to remain on good terms with her boss, President Trump, in “For Trump Adviser, Urging Calm Has Come With Heavy Criticism.” The press is highly annoyed with Birx for trying to quell panic and doomsaying about the spread of the disease, with the liberal media defaulting to worst-case scenarios: "Dr. Birx’s comments casting doubt on talk of ventilator and hospital-bed shortages, and praising Mr. Trump’s attention to detail in lavish terms, have raised questions about her independence...."
Washington Post “fact checker” Glenn Kessler tweets much less than he retweets on Twitter. He retweets a lot of liberal-media themes. Sometimes his tweets are mangling the facts. Sister Toldjah at RedState noticed on Wednesday that Kessler “pulled a Schiff” the other day – he passed off a nasty parody of Trump as the real thing: "Hey, keep going to restaurants, go buy new houses, ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner."
In a review of Sunday night's Democrat debate on CNN, PolitiFact tagged Joe Biden as "Mostly False" when he claimed the Trump administration refused to accept coronavirus testing kits from the World Health Organization. Oddly, CNN's own "fact checkers" ruled that "Biden is correct." They missed the crucial context that WHO never made an offer.
In the growing squabble between the presidential candiates (and the social media giants) about manipulated video, The Washington Post “Fact Checker” squad deserves credit for throwing flags at both sides. We won’t expect them to keep a running count of Biden’s “false or misleading statements,” but this is something.
The independence of the “independent fact checkers” is looking very questionable again, leaping into the fray to protest that a tweet featuring a brief video clip of Joe Biden is somehow “Mostly False” (as PolitiFact ruled). Earth to PolitiFact: the network "news" people omit the full context of quotes on a regular basis, but they aren't tagged as "deceptive" editors.
President Trump never called the coronavirus a "hoax." He said trying to turn the coronavirus into the latest version of That Thing That Ruins Trump was a "hoax," like Russian collusion or Ukrainian election interference. But for some reason, Snopes.com admitted he never said the virus was a hoax, but rated his comments a "Mixture" of true and false. That's just sloppy.
The "fact checkers" at the Associated Press almost religiously stick to checking the claims of Donald Trump. But they drew widespread attention on Thursday for checking Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg on the coronavirus.Trump has not engaged in "reckless cuts" to the Centers for Disease Control.
This week, the "fact checkers" at both The Washington Post and Snopes.com have thrown the penalty flag at Joe Biden for his repeated claim that he was imprisoned in South Africa in the 1970s while trying to visit Nelson Mandela at the Robben Island prison. Sadly, the networks didn't seem to notice this historical gaffe before the South Carolina debate.
The “news” media routinely exhibit a badly disguised loathing for the social media. Journalists calling themselves the “mainstream” expect the social media to bend their platforms to their liberal talking points. Any rogue information that doesn’t match the liberal narrative must be flagged and demonized as “misinformation.”
The leftist "fact checkers" at Snopes have routinely gone after the Babylon Bee for writing satires that less intelligent Americans might mistake as real, such as....CNN buying a huge washing machine to wash its news. But at least it's spreading its battle on satire sites in defense of both sides. Two recent "fact checks" defended ... Rush Limbaugh.