Accuracy in Media

The Washington Post Fact Checker column, which has analyzed the accuracy of both Republican and Democratic politicians’ public statements for the past eight years, is puzzled at the media’s reluctance to challenge presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump over the numerous inaccurate statements he has made since declaring his candidacy for the presidency last year.

According to the Fact Checker, Trump has made 26 Four-Pinocchio statements—the highest rating that can be earned—which represents 70 of his statements that have been fact-checked by the Post.

The Fact Checker’s Glenn Kessler laments the fact that despite the numerous inaccurate statements, the media let Trump go unchallenged on most of what he says.

Kessler cites Trump’s statement that he was against the 2003 invasion of Iraq and that the White House sent a delegation to tell him to tone it down, when in fact Trump had expressed his support for the attack. Kessler considers this to be one of the more egregious examples of the media allowing Trump to go unchallenged for misstating the facts.

Other Four-Pinocchio claims include, “ISIS has the oil [in Libya]. ISIS is making a fortune now in Libya;” “There are scores of recent migrants inside our borders charged with terrorism;” and Russian President Vladimir Putin “called me a genius.” These are just a few of the 26 examples the Fact Checker has compiled to date.

Kessler thinks that TV hosts should have a list of Trump’s repeated misstatements so that he can be challenged on them should he repeat them. But Kessler doesn’t say that the same should be true of likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who has repeatedly lied about Benghazi, her private email server, contributions to the Clinton Foundation, etc., often without being challenged by the media despite ample evidence to the contrary.

If the media are going to challenge Trump on his misstatements, as they should, they will also need to apply the same standard to Hillary Clinton, which may be difficult since it would mean that they would have to actually try to be unbiased.

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  • Vicky O’Dell

    It has been this way since Bill’s statement to the press about Monica”I did not have sex with that women” Hillary some how has a leverage over the mainstream media, what? who knows but it has to be pretty big wouldn’t you say? For you don’t see no reports of her hands in the orders to “Burn the mother fucker out today ,i want this finished today.” In reference to the April 19, 1993 deaths of 80 men women and children. Nor have I seen the report of the real reason why Christopher Stevens was in Benghazi investigating weapons on how the rebels received them right after a report 2013 U.S Armory weapons stolen? Hum funny coincident or is it. Right when re-election was about to start or complimized.

  • Christine

    I am disgusted by the continuous obsession of the media with Clinton and the Benghazi attacks – but just some lame emails. I am a very American blond, white nurse from California. I have traveled to Benghazi and Libya as a whole as recently as just this past Feb 2016 and was actually in Benghazi in Nov 2012 after the attacks. My group canceled their trip in Sept 2012 because our local contacts had warned there was an attack going to happen. More importantly right this moment in 2016 emails from 2012 do not matter. The people of Libya are fighting one of the worst enemies ever known, ISIS and the world has sat back and watched them be slaughtered. It is a humanity issue, not religious or whatever else you want to yourself. Donald Trump has no business saying anything about Muslims or Libya or even judging Clinton unless he goes and sees with his own eyes what is happening in Libya. I will be returning again in August and September hopefully this time to Benghazi. I am a nurse and use my vacation time to go over to Libya to help the locals care for their children with congenital heart disease with the NGO I volunteer with (Novick Cardiac Alliance). I have been all over the world with this group, but these past few years just Libya because they need the help and the people have e like brother’s and sister’s to me. It sickens me the way people are in this country currently. We are all human beings and letting terrorists attack innocent people no matter their origin, religion, ethnicity, race, etc. is NOT OKAY! You can contact me at or look at the Novick Cardiac Alliance website or our partner Preemptive Love Coalition…. you can only fight hate with love, not more hate or else what makes us different then the terrorists?

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Yeah, no president ever lied before Bill Clinton.

    As far as why the media didn’t report the things you mentioned? Probably because they didn’t happen and are only fever dreams in the right wing nut job fantasy world you live in. Un-f-ing-real.

  • Vicky O’Dell

    Calling me a liar? That am not!

  • Vicky O’Dell

    GoLocalWorcester | BREAKING: FBI Investigating Weapons Stolen ……/breaking-fbi-investigating-weapons-stolen...
    SimilarNov 16, 2015 – Weapons were stolen from the United States Army Reserve Armory in Worcester on Saturday night. The facility … on Lake Street. The FBI says some weapons are missing as a result of the break-in. … 2013 Violent Crimes: 39.
    You like to degrade people? Just goes to show you need to keep up on events before discrediting them don’t you think?

  • IronChefSandwiches

    This is an example of “proof” to you? Look up the term “obviously a freaking coincidence” somewhere.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    I don’t think you’re a liar. I think you’re a fool. Linking to a conspiracy nut’s web page proves….what exactly? I deal in facts. You deal in delusion. I win. Every time.

  • Vicky O’Dell

    I guess your too intelligent and educated to watch a true documentary

  • Vicky O’Dell

    No such thing. Coincidence.

  • Vicky O’Dell

    I guess you also believe in the magic bullet theory too?

  • IronChefSandwiches

    No. As I stated, YOU are the conspiracy nutjob. Try to keep up. (Since you’re following me around and commenting on my posts and all.)

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Sigh. Which idiotic right wing conspiracy DON’T you believe in?

  • IronChefSandwichessDad

    Don’t listen to him. He’s always been a jerk ever since he was a little boy. It’s always been hard to discuss with him rationally.