By Dave Andrusko
We had lots of fun poking fun at the Washington Post’s absurdly over-the-top motto “Democracy Dies in Darkness” which just happened to coincide with the presidency of Donald Trump.
The overweening sense of self-importance and the self-congratulatory we-are-the-only-thing-saving-Democracy is and was, frankly, comical. There was one thing the WaPo was not interested in saving: even a bare-minimum commitment to fair play.
From before Day One, the major media had done everything in its considerable power to destabilize the Trump Administration. We needn’t rehearse the obvious. The CNNs and MSNBCs and Washington Posts of this world had prepared themselves and their audience for the certain coronation of pro-abortion Hillary Clinton when, lo and behold, pro-life Donald Trump pulled off one of the greatest upsets in American history. They were in a foul mood and went after President Trump with every weapon in their arsenal, an assault that continues to this day whenever they get an excuse.
I mention that by way of introduction to a story that appeared in today’s Washington Times, written by Valerie Richardson. The headline spoke volumes: “Washington Post shuts down presidential fact-checking database after 100 days of Biden.” Subhead even more so: “Editor cites overwhelming workload.”
I mean seriously. Here’s editor Glenn Kessler’s explanatory tweet:
“Maintaining the Trump database over four years required about 400 additional 8-hour days over four years beyond our regular jobs for three people. Biden is off to a relatively slow start but who knows what will happen. We will keep doing fact checks, just not a database.”
To state the obvious, does anyone think that if Mr. Trump had been re-elected, Kessler would have complained about the continued work load needed to carry on the task? Of course not.
The other reason, besides the obvious unwillingness to keep close taps on a pro-abortion Democrat president, is that President Biden is largely kept under lock and key. We rarely see him and on those infrequent occasions we do, he is scripted to a “T” and most often will not take questions.
The Post still retains its motto. If it truly is the last fortress of a free people, oughtn’t it keep the database going to screen what other prominent Biden administration officials say, including Vice President Kamala Harris who is almost as invisible as President Biden?
Naw, mission accomplished.
One other thing. What do you think Kessler meant by “I have learned my lesson”? Surely not that the siege against Trump was not worthwhile. It doubtless made his day and helped to keep President Trump’s approval numbers down.
And surely not that scrutinizing every syllable in search of the worst possible construction was a waste of time. Kessler’s Factcheck was lauded day in and day out by Democrats and his fellow Big Shot media types. The minute by minute harassment represented billions of dollars of in-kind contributions to Democrats.
Factcheckers who are not overwhelmingly hostile to Republicans, except those few that are pro-choice, are as rare as hen’s teeth.
They may be putting the large artillery in storage but it can always be pulled out, dusted off, and aimed at pro-lifers whenever duty calls.
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