By J. D. Heyes
When the so-called â€œmainstream mediaâ€ (MSM) created the concept of â€˜fact-checkingâ€™ it at least seemed admirable on the surface and, for that matter, a job that was naturally suited to a free press charged with comforting the afflicted and holding those in power to account.
But after some years itâ€™s become obvious that the MSM wasÂ never really interestedÂ in checking facts â€” that is, notÂ allÂ facts espoused byÂ allÂ people in power.
Democrats donâ€™t get fact-checked, at leastÂ not with the same â€˜vengeanceâ€™the MSM reserves for Republicans and conservativesâ€¦and POTUS Donald Trump. While our president does, at times, stretch the truth or even get details wrong, at least he hasnâ€™t looked all of us in the eye and told us things like, â€œIf you like your health care plan, you can keep it,â€ and â€œWeâ€™re going to lower your premiums by $2,500 a year.â€
Needless to say, within minutes after POTUS Trump began his State of the Union Address Tuesday, the Lefty MSM had its â€˜fact-checkersâ€™ hard at work looking to hold the president accountable for virtually every syllable. (Related:Â MASSIVE hit: Trumpâ€™s State of the Union Address scores 76 percent approval in post-speech survey.)
As noted by theÂ Washington Examiner, much of what passed for MSM fact-checking was â€œpetty, pedantic, and pointless,â€ meaning that â€œthe fact check is dead.â€
Writing for the news site, Becket Adams acknowledged that the president got some things wrong, but that isnâ€™t very surprising since the address â€œwasnâ€™t exactly a smorgasbord of falsehoods, either.â€
As such, the MSM fact-Nazis â€œbe-clowned themselvesâ€ with inane claims like, essentially, â€˜Jews donâ€™t believe in Heaven.â€™ At one point, the president introduced a Holocaust survivor, Joshua Kaufman, who was interned at the horrific Dachau concentration camp. POTUS said that Kaufman recalled watching American tanks roll in through a hole in a cattle car where he was being held. â€œTo me,â€ Joshua recalls, â€œthe American soldiers were proof that God exists, and they came down from the sky. They came down from Heaven.â€
Donâ€™t ever mention, as president, Heaven while introducing a Jewish guest â€” whileÂ The New York Timesâ€™ Annie Karni is â€˜fact-checking.â€™ â€œJews donâ€™t believe in Heaven,â€Â she tweeted.
ExceptÂ that they do.Â
Meanwhile,Â Politicoâ€™s brainiac fact-checkerÂ dinged the presidentÂ for claiming that â€œone-in-three [female migrants] is sexually assaulted on the long journey north.â€
Nuh-uh! Itâ€™sÂ 31 percent; one-in-three isÂ 33.3Â percent! Trump lied by 2.3 percent!
ThenÂ National Public RadioÂ sort of, kind of, not really â€œfact-checkedâ€ POTUS when he said that â€œexactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time.â€
Thatâ€™s true. But NPR posted this in response: â€œFACT CHECK: President Trump praised the record number of women in Congress, but thatâ€™s almost entirely because of Democrats, not Trumpâ€™s party.â€ So what? Thatâ€™s not fact-checking, that political statement-making. And itâ€™s petty.
Breitbart Newsâ€™ John Nolte found nine instances where theÂ media fact-checkersÂ were not just off-base, but ridiculously so, compiling a â€œseries of tedious nit-picksâ€ as their sources of presidential â€˜fibbing.â€™
For example,Â The New York TimesÂ rated as â€œfalseâ€ the presidentâ€™s description of the illegal border crossings and other activities as a â€œnational emergency.â€
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 6, 2019
NYTimes fact-checkers donâ€™t get to decide such things; presidents do. Itâ€™s in the law. Itâ€™s in the Constitution. But even so, the paper went on to admit that, yeah, â€œa record number of families have tried to cross the border in recent monthsâ€ â€” which has become a national emergency.Â
There are many more, but you get the idea. The point is, as Becket Adams noted, fact-checking is indeed broken; the nitpicking and petulance demonstrated by the MSM fact-Nazis was the stuff of haters, not journalists who are serious about informing the public of whatâ€™s truly important regarding the state of the union.
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