Hold Your Shock: WaPo Won’t Count Joe Biden’s Lies
Some stories of media hypocrisy are so utterly expected that they barely qualify as news. This is one of those. After keeping regular tabs on the volume of lies supposedly told by President Donald Trump for four years, the Washington Post confirmed this week that they will not be engaged in any such effort when it comes to President Joe Biden.
Aren’t you SO surprised?
On Inauguration Day, the Washington Post’s fact checker squad, headed up by Glenn Kessler, announced their big final total of Trump’s “false and misleading statements.” All told, the former president told the American public a whopping 30,573 lies, according to these unbiased stewards of truth in politics. Oddly enough, the Post only had the president at about 8,000 a year earlier. Guess Trump really upped his lying game in the final year of his presidency.
The Dally Caller revealed this week that there will be no comparable effort on the part of the Post to expose Biden’s lies:
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.” Trump’s database began a month after he became president, The Post’s director of communications Shani George told the Caller.
“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, we will continue to dig into the accuracy of statements by political figures of all party affiliations.”
Oh, we’re very sure that you will.
Four days before the inauguration, Kessler appeared on CNN to talk about how impressed he was with Biden and the team he has surrounding him.
“Let me ask you about the president-elect. He made a lot of pretty dramatic claims in his speech on Thursday, Thursday evening. 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,” asked the CNN host.
“Well, in the case of the Biden-Harris transition team, we asked — we identified five factual statements he made. You know, 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 said.
“Generally,” Kessler continued, “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. 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. And occasionally, the president will go off- kilter, particularly when he’s, you know, speaking extemporaneously and not following something that previously — has previously been fact-checked.”
Ah…let the media’s 4-year honeymoon begin.