FACT CHECKING THE FAKE NEWS ON FAKE NEWS…

January 18th, 2018

When I saw the Republican Party headline—The Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards—I knew we were in for a Truthiness fest.

Glenn Kessler, reporting in Fact-checking President Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ for The Washington Post, ledes:

The “Fake News Awards” announced on the Republican National Committee website and touted by President Trump pose a conundrum: Does it really count if the news organization admits error?

Regular readers of The Fact Checker know that we do not award Pinocchios if a politician admits error. Everyone makes mistakes—and the point is not to play gotcha. News organizations operate in a competitive arena and mistakes are bound to be made. The key test is whether an error is acknowledged and corrected.

President Trump almost never admits error, even as he has made more than 2,000 false or misleading statements. So with that context, here’s an assessment of the “awards”

Two thousand false or misleading statements? Really?

Well I suppose that 2001 is technically more than 2000—and I give Kessler major journalism props for using “more than” rather than “over”—but come on, who’s really counting?

Kessler is.

Of course, what else would you expect from The Lying Washington Post?

2 Responses to “FACT CHECKING THE FAKE NEWS ON FAKE NEWS…”

  1. ryan says:

    Comedian Norm MacDonald said something like, “I don’t think he wants to be president. I think he wants to be president of the room”. This was in regards to Trump’s campaigning for the primaries. In essence, knowledge or coherence or logic are not necessary for winning over a crowd.

    I am at most a Thomas Frank Democrat, and follow that model for how the Democratic party buried itself. At worse, I am a James Howard kunstler pessimist, and get the impression both parties have buried themselves.

  2. Jeff Hess says:

    Ryan,

    They have.

    Who wins Congress in November will tell us which party has a chance of recreating itself.

    Jeff

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