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Monday, January 20, 2020

WaPo's 16,241 lies about Trump lying


The Washington Post (no link to pay sites) reported, "President Trump made 16,241 false or misleading claims in his first three years."

Really? The Post assigned and paid a reporter to check out tens of thousands of statements by President Trump and came up with 16,241 lies?

That is 16 lies a day. Every day. For three years. One an hour for the 16 hours or so he is awake. Every hour.

And pity the poor reporter who had to do all that research. Given a 40-hour week and a 50-week workyear plus 10 holidays, that would mean at a minimum, the reporter had to find 3 lies every hour.

And yet for all this work, the Washington Post published only three fact-checks on President Trump in the first three weeks of 2020. That's one a week.

Here is its data base.

According to the Washington Post, President Trump has told 104 lies a week for 52 weeks a year for 3 years, and yet it publishes only 1 story a week on maybe 5 of what it considers lies.

That is inefficient and a waste of resources at a time when newspapers struggle to survive.

Rival PolitiFact found time to check out 742 statements by Donald John Trump. Exactly half were declared false. Its data base is here.

We are to believe that the Post found 43 times as many lies as PolitiFact.

But among the lies cited by PolitiFact are truths. For example, it said this was false, "Says House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff  'made up the conversation. He lied. If he didn't do that in the halls of Congress, he'd be thrown in jail. He did it in the halls of Congress, he's given immunity.'"

Via FactCheck.org, Schiff said, "It reads like a classic organized crime shakedown. Shorn of its rambling character and in not so many words, this is the essence of what the president communicates. We’ve been very good to your country, very good. No other country has done as much as we have. But you know what? I don’t see much reciprocity here. I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you though. And I’m going to say this only seven times so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand. Lots of it. On this and on that. I’m going to put you in touch with people, not just any people, I am going to put you in touch with the attorney general of the United States, my Attorney General Bill Barr. He’s got the whole weight of the American law enforcement behind him. And I’m going to put you in touch with Rudy. You’re going to love him. Trust me. You know what I’m asking. And so I’m only going to say this a few more times. In a few more ways. And by the way, don’t call me again. I’ll call you when you’ve done what I asked.

"This is in sum and character what the president was trying to communicate with the president of Ukraine. It would be funny if it wasn’t such a graphic betrayal of the president’s oath of office. But as it does represent a real betrayal, there’s nothing the president says here that is in America’s interest after all."

OK, fact-checkers have a liberal bias. We know that.

But when the Washington Post says the president told 16,241 lies, it lies because it has not published anywhere close to that number in fact checks.

No one has.

But they sure love to quote that number, don't they?

By the way, Obama told 2,693,461 lies as president.

Prove me wrong.

8 comments:

  1. No, It was 2,693,460 - remember, Obama was telling Russia the truth about his need flexibility after the election. Projection, anyone?

    And THEY Impeach Trump over this BS?!?

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    1. Make that 2,693,459. When Obama let slip about "my Muslim faith," he told the truth.
      NB

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    2. No. The real number is 2,693,460. "My Muslim faith" was a lie, too, since Obama was a self-worshipping atheist.
      -TK

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  2. You missed 111,659 lies. Prove me wrong.

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  3. The number came from the Post's random number generator.

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  4. Every time someone states that a man is a woman because "she" identifies that way....that's a lie. Every time abortion is discussed as simply removing an unwanted body part of the woman...that is a lie. Every time someone repeats "hands up, don't shoot" in reference to black lives matter...that is a lie. I could go on for about 100 more pages with all the lies that society accepts and lives with. We are living in the age of unreality. Trump has always exaggerated but he rarely, if ever attempts to deceive. The lies that bother me are the ones that intend to deceive.

    Incidentally, the only time where I remember Trump attempting to deceive was the airstrike on Syria in response to Assad using chem. weapons. After the strike, Trump made statements that there was severe damage. Prior to the strike, the Russians were warned in advance, who in turn warned the Syrians. Photos of the strike showed a few potholes in runways...no airplane wreckage or damage to structures. A true dog and pony show! I bet the WaPo didn't even catch that one!

    Eric W.

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