Saturday, January 12, 2019

Who Fact-Checks the Fact-Checkers?

American media have abandoned their primary job of reporting the news. Gone are the days of telling readers and viewers the who, what, where, when, and why. Now it's telling the audience what to think, after filtering the news story through layers of bias and activism. The latest trick is "fact-checking" President Trump in "real time."

I don't recall any mainstream news networks fact-checking Barack Obama.

In anticipation of Trump's first Oval Office address, and immediately following, the anti-Trump resistance media went into fact-check mode. There was this CNN headline: "Fact-checking Trump's immigration speech."

NPR jumped in with "FACT CHECK: Trump's Oval Office Pitch for A Border Wall," followed by the New York Times: "Trump's Speech to the Nation: Fact Checks and Background."  And then Politico: "Fact check: Trump's speech on border crisis." A CNN crank even encouraged fact-checkers to prepare for Trump's eight-minute speech as they would for a triathlon, with proper nutrition and rest......  Some degree of fact-checking is reasonable, if it's applied equally to leaders of both political parties, but not when it becomes the entire story.

Before President Trump even uttered a word, the fact-checkers were lined up, ready to provide real-time rebuttals to every word Trump uttered. But who fact-checks the fact-checkers? ......Read more

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