This one for the rest of the world: The Washington Post needs to hire a second fact-checker.
Its resident fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, has largely become official fact-checker to Barack Obama and his minions. The Post needs to hire a second fact-checker to handle the rest of the world.
We refer to the regular Fact Checker piece which appears in Sunday’s hard-copy Post. Week after week, Sunday after Sunday, Kessler now fact-checks one way.
Just so you’ll know, this Sunday’s July 7 fact-checker piece dumped three Pinocchios on—who else?—Obama. Somehow, Grassley sneaked onto the list on June 9, although he earned only two:
Kessler’s hard-copy Sunday Fact Checker pieces:We’re not saying these fact-checks are wrong, although some of them certainly may be. Personally, we thought that June 23 fact-check was interesting, although we thought it should have been a news report more than a fact-checker piece.
Sunday, July 7: Economic aid to Cairo has long been blind to government oppression
Sunday, June 30: A whopper of a “Mediscare” ad
Sunday, June 23: Are Democrats full of beans over SNAP?
Sunday, June 16: Obama's jobs statistic is overworked
Sunday, June 9: Grassley's verdict on D.C. Circuit's workload should see closer review
Sunday, June 2: Kerry's statements about U.S. performance on emissions targets seem to mostly be just smog
Sunday, May 26: Red herrings, dissemblance and misleading statements from IRS's Lerner
Sunday, May 19: Obama takes revisionist history too far in parsing Benghazi
We’re not saying that Kessler decides which fact-checks get picked for Sunday hard-copy treatment, although it may be that he does.
We’re just saying that the Washington Post needs to make an additional hire. Kessler’s now fact-checking all one way. Who fact-checks the rest of the world?
While we’re at it, one last question: Do journalists and cable stars need to be fact-checked?
That could be a great third hire! As we've noted before, Brother Kessler doesn’t seem to think they do.