WaPo Fact Checker Is Not Concerned About Biden
It looks like WaPo's bias is showing again as their fact-checkers are thinking it is time to hang up their hats when it comes to Biden. WaPo Fact Checker Glenn Kessler claims he tallied up over 30k "lies"/"misleading" statements made by Trump. But when it comes to Biden, Kessler is assuming that they will be more like the Obama Administration, which apparently means they are getting a pass.
"The move comes despite Biden having his own history of pushing false and misleading claims. The current president was forced to drop out of his first presidential race in 1987 after unearthed C-SPAN footage showed him lying about where he ranked upon graduating law school.
This revelation came after Biden was accused of plagiarizing a speech from then-U.K. Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock, TIME reported."
Kessler explained his position during an interview with CNN's Victor Blackwell.
BLACKWELL: 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.
KESSLER: 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.
Generally, 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 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. 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.
Watch The Clip Below.
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
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) January 24, 2021
Kessler's overall tally has also been called into question as he is biased when it comes to sources he will accept.
"Kessler warmly accepted Biden's use of liberal think tanks like the Brookings Institution, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, and poverty analysts at Columbia University backed by liberal foundations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. But when Trump used the National Federation of Independent Business for a survey of small business confidence in 2018, Kessler dismissed it as a "conservative group" whose survey didn't draw enough responses to impress him. "Misleading"!"
It looks like Trump's actual number would be far lower had Kessler accepted conservative sources. But I guess he just believes Liberal sources are more accurate which is really telling as to how accurate his 30k tally is.