The Washington Post has decided to adjourn its presidential fact-checking database, which it launched under former US President Trump.
The database assesses claims made in remarks, interviews, news conferences, prepared speeches, and Tweets. At the Post, a fact-checking team analyzes the President’s claims, and “Any statement that would merit at least Two Pinocchios — essentially “half true” – was included [in the database].” Glenn Kessler, the Post’s chief fact-checker, attributes the decision to close the operation to an imbalance of “false or misleading claims” between the two presidents.
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He writes, “Through April 26, Biden has made 67 false or misleading statements, according to a Washington Post Fact Checker analysis. That compares to 511 such statements in Trump’s first 100 days.” As per the International Fact-Checking Network code of principles, by which the Post’s team operates, “(1) A COMMITMENT TO NONPARTISANSHIP AND FAIRNESS: We fact-check claims using the same standard for every fact-check. We do not concentrate our fact-checking on any one side. We follow the same process for every fact-check and let the evidence dictate our conclusions. We do not advocate or take policy positions on the issues we fact-check.” Kessler claims the Post will continue fact-checking the president outside of a database.
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