By Dave Andrusko
My first thought was if the Democrats were to lose Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s Fact Checker and all-purpose defender of the pro-abortion Democrat Party come rain or shine, you might suspect that the walls might be closing in, right?
To be sure yesterday’s column “Biden loves to retell certain stories. Some aren’t credible” doesn’t signify an end of the honeymoon. Perhaps a trial separation, although that is too much to hope for.
The headline is like trying to put lipstick on a pig. Gently suggest that our grandfatherly president may not be aware he is dabbling in whoppers, blithefully repeating untruths, but certainly not consciously telling lies. And besides what harm can there be in retelling “certain stories,” the implication being that the number is small and are no worse than itsy bitsy white lies.
Biden’s penchant for bending the truth, Kessler politely notes, was “most famously in his first presidential campaign, in the 1988 election cycle.” Kessler includes a link to a story he wrote but unless you click it on you don’t know that
Biden’s first run for the presidency more than three decades ago exploded in a controversy over plagiarism. Without credit, Biden’s stump speech included lines lifted from a speech given by Neil Kinnock, then leader of the British Labour Party. …
Biden tried to hang on, but then reporters discovered he had flunked a class in a law school for submitting a paper that borrowed heavily from another law review article without proper citation. The coup de grace came when Newsweek reported that Biden had made false or exaggerated claims about his law school record during a discussion months earlier with voters in New Hampshire, which had been captured by C-SPAN.
Back to yesterday’s column. “As president, Biden has continued a tradition of embellishing his personal tales in ways that cannot be verified or are directly refuted by contemporary accounts.”
Kessler rehashes five example–“an accounting of some of Biden’s favorite tales”
The common denominators include that Biden invariably inflates the importance of his own role; that while the stories have been debunked numerous times President Biden just keeps on recycling them; and often they make him out to have falsely taken heroic action at the expense of real heroes.
The Establishment Media (of which Kessler must certainly is a member in good standing) is a co-conspirator. Soon after Biden took office, according to Scott Whitlock of Newsbusters,
The Washington Post, which infamously added “democracy dies in darkness” to its front page once Donald Trump took office, has now apparently decided that everything is just fine. As noted by The Washington Times, the liberal Post is ending its presidential database of fact checks. …
Fact checker Glenn Kessler on Tuesday tweeted a link to the Biden database, saying, “Here’s the Biden database — which we do not plan to extend beyond 100 days. I have learned my lesson.”
What lesson? Thou shall speak truth only when the President is a Republican. Unless, like yesterday’s column, you explain away the seriousness of President Biden cavalier treatment of the truth.
Fox News contributor Joe Concha appeared yesterday and remarked that the entire Washington Post Fact Checker Staff wrote a book titled “Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth: The President’s Falsehoods, Misleading Claims and Flat-Out Lies.”
So, when will be see a similar book on President Biden?