A “fact-checker” for The Washington Posts revealed that the fact checker team will not be keeping track of President Biden’s false and misleading statements. This move runs contrary to what the Post previously did as they kept track of every single thing that former President Trump uttered during his term.
According to a new report, the Post team said, “we do not have plans to launch a Biden database at this time,” when asked on whether they will keep score of false and misleading statements of President Biden, just the same as how they kept track of Trump’s.
“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 said. “While we do not have plans to launch a Biden database at this time
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The Daily Caller wrote, “Trump’s departure also equals an end to having a false claims project for the current president, as The Post said it does ‘not have plans to launch a Biden database at this time.'”
Shani George, the Director of Communication of The Washington Post told the Daily Caller that the database of former President Trump claims started just a month after he became the president. However, George continued and said that they “do not have plans to launch a Biden database at this time,” stating that they will instead continue to look into the accuracy of statements given by political figures of all affiliations.
On January 16, The Washington Post, “fact-checker” Glenn Kessler explained during in an interview with CNN why he will not keep a list of alleged lies from President Biden. He said, “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.”
WashPost 'fact checker' Glenn Kessler won't count false Biden claims like Trump's: "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."https://t.co/PUg8z4uzIZ pic.twitter.com/EQAUyaRqSy
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Victor Blackwell of CNN said that Biden made a lot of dramatic claims in his speech last Thursday evening. He added, “I understand that your team reached out to him and just compare and contrast the reaction and response you got from the incoming administration to what you’ve gotten over the last several years.”
To which Kessler answered with, “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 then made a bold claim saying that the Trump Administration almost “never” responded to queries from them 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.”
Found more context. Fact-checker assumes that the Biden administration will be truthful like the Obama administration… yeah… no bias here…https://t.co/F95C0Pd6JP
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The Washington Post “fact-checker” also said, “I assume the Biden — you know, I did five years of Obama, and 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.”
Meanwhile, Newsbusters wrote that Kessler openly accepts Biden’s use of liberal think tanks such as the Brookings Institution, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, and poverty analysts at Columbia University supported by liberal foundations. However, when President Trump used the National Federation of Independent Business for a small business confidence survey in 2018, Kessler dismissed it as a ‘conservative group’ whose study didn’t draw sufficient responses to impress him.