Fact-checking is a game played by liberal journalists who select which politician to check, which statement to check, and which criteria to use to determine the truth. It's a judge-jury-executioner thing by the Social Justice Warriors -- long discredited by any thinking person.
Beating them at their own game is difficult for a conservative, but President Trump did so in last night's address to Congress.
The New York Times fact-checked fifteen statements -- and could not find one falsehood.
Let's go over this.
1. President Trump: "The murder rate in 2015 experienced its largest single-year increase in nearly half a century."
New York Times: "True, but somewhat misleading."
What's misleading? After a half-century of slowly decreasing the murder rate (and the number of murders) President Obama reversed course by working with anti-cop militants. That ends now.
2. President Trump: "Obamacare premiums nationwide have increased by double and triple digits."
New York Times: "True, but cherry-picked."
President Obama promised a $2,500 drop in annual premiums. He lied. That wasn't cherry picking. That was chopping the cherry tree down.
3. President Trump: "Families of people killed by undocumented immigrants have been 'ignored by our media'."
New York Times: "They have received coverage."
Some have, some haven't. In doing stories about illegal immigration, the media concentrates on the "dreamers." Rare is the story that includes any mention of a murder victim of illegal immigrants.
4. President Trump: "Obamacare is collapsing."
New York Times: "This is an exaggeration."
The newspaper went on to explain that sure "increased substantially this year. Deductibles are often high. The number of insurance companies offering coverage has shrunk in many states. Big insurers, losing money in the public marketplaces, have curtailed their participation."
But somehow it is not collapsing.
Just like the drop in New York Times revenues, the cutting of staff, and the renting out of eight more floors of the New York Times building is not a sign of a troubled enterprise.
5, President Trump: "A National Academy of Sciences report found that immigrants cost the country billions."
New York Times: "This needs context."
Yes the context is the $57.4 billion-a-year price tag (the newspaper's figure) shows that illegal immigrants do not help the economy, as SJWs contend, but rather undermine it. You can see why Mexico does not want back its 5 million illegal aliens (out of the 11 million overall). Mexico cannot afford them.
6. President Trump: "Over 43 million Americans are on food stamps."
New York Times: "The number is correct."
7. President Trump: "We've lost more than one-fourth of our manufacturing jobs since Nafta was approved."
New York Times: "Not because of Nafta."
The Times said robots took the jobs.
8. President Trump: "Over 43 million people are now living in poverty."
New York Times: "True — but the number has also fallen."
Truebut is the new yabut.
9. President Trump: "The Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines will create 'tens of thousands of jobs'."
New York Times: "This needs context."
Sure, I was speeding officer, but let me explain...
10. President Trump: "Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force."
New York Times: "This is misleading."
Yes the fact that the percentage of able bodied men in the work force is the lowest since the Depression is misleading. We should blame robots.
11. President Trump: "We've defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open for anyone to cross."
New York Times: "Open in parts, but heavily patrolled as well."
And yet somehow 11 million or so people entered through that "open in parts, but heavily patrolled" border.
12. President Trump: "We are removing gang members, drug dealers and criminals."
New York Times: "Not a big change."
...unless your daughter was killed by a career criminal from Mexico under President Obama.
13. President Trump: "President Trump said he ended a regulation that threatened 'the future and livelihoods of our great coal miners'."
New York Times: "This is partly true but misleading."
"True but misleading" is the new "fake but accurate."
14. President Trump: "Enforcing immigration laws will raise wages."
New York Times: "Maybe a little."
Let's try this experiment: Let's replace all the Times reporters with illegal aliens...
15. President Trump: "I have directed several federal agencies to fight crime and dismantle the criminal cartels that have spread across our nation."
New York Times: "True, but they don't do much."
Says who? If executive orders are so meaningless, why do SJWs fight his all the time?
President Trump has learned the hard way to fully vet these speeches and word them specifically to avoid arguments with self-appointed fact-checkers.
The fact that the New York Times could not lay a glove on him last night made it worth the extra effort.
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