Please, fact-checkers … use facts fairly

Monday, October 26, 2020
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Debate 2 in NashvilleThe Associated Press was one of several mainstream media outlets fact-checking last Thursday night's debate. But their conclusion on one of President Donald Trump's statements about the pandemic was confusing at best.

The AP certainly didn't waste any time in kick-starting their fact-checking machine. Literally the very first words out of the president's mouth were run through the gauntlet:

Trump: "As you know, 2.2-million people, modeled out, were expected to die."

AP's verdict: False. The U.S. death toll from the pandemic, according to AP's fact-checking, was not expected to be that high. Such an extreme projection, it said, was merely a baseline if nothing at all were done to fight the pandemic.

Radio talk-show host Jeff Crank shakes his head at the alleged fact-checking. "The more you kinda stare at the fact check that they put out, the more perplexed you get – because they do prove the president's statement," he tells OneNewsNow.

Crank

In fact, the baseline that experts estimated at 2.2 million was part of a model. So, either AP was deliberately deceiving people – or one of the largest news outlets in America has suddenly lost its handle on the English language.

"I think it's deliberately deceiving people," Crank offers. "If you look at that debate [Thursday] night, there were numerous things that were big deals, [things] that Joe Biden said that were untrue. Citing one example, Crank points out Biden contended that no one lost their health care under Obamacare.

"[And] the issue about [banning] fracking? He just flat-out lied about whether he had ever said that or not," he states.

Crank contends that while AP conducted multiple fact checks on President Trump – many of which ended up with questionable conclusions – it only parsed Joe Biden's words a handful of time.

"Donald Trump is who he is," the radio host concludes. "I know that the media doesn't like him, but he doesn't have to go back and cover his tracks on things he said in the past."

CNN's fact-checking also appeared to take a less critical stance regarding the former vice president's miscues. Trump's performance, said CNN, was "riddled with false claims" as he "continued to cast his warped view of the world as truth" – while in contrast, "Biden's misstatements were more on the margins."

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