Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016
Well, Washington Post hatchet man Glenn Kessler -- pretending to be a "fact checker" -- leaped on The Donald and did some research -- only to discover it will cost $4 billion to build a new Air Force One. The costs include development and design.
Rather than Man Up and admit President Trump was right, the weasel Kessler slapped a misleading -- and frankly libelous -- headline on his story:
The inaccuracies in Donald Trump’s Air Force One tweetOh?
Paragraph 12 in the 12-paragraph story:
Todd Harrison, a defense budget expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said “the program is very new and hardly had a chance to get started yet.” So, in effect, there are no real cost overruns yet. He added that the estimated $4 billion cost is reasonable given the requirements of the project.Well the elected president disagrees with Harrison.
And that $4 billion price tag is accurate.
There are no inaccuracies. Was the statement true? Will it cost $4 billion to build a brand new 747 Air Force One?
The headline is false. Kessler knows damned well it is. The intent is malicious.
Kessler awards Pinocchios on a scale of one to four. This time he awarded none.
I have a puppet of my own to hand out.
For a misleading headline, I give Glenn Kessler and the Washington Post FOUR KNUCKLEHEAD SMIFFS.
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