American News Jan 23, 2021 2:14 PM EST

Washington Post has no plans to fact check Biden the way they fact checked Trump

The Washington Post ended its false claims project against President Donald Trump on Inauguration Day with no current plans to launch an additional Biden database "at this time."

Washington Post has no plans to fact check Biden the way they fact checked Trump
Mia Cathell The Post Millennial
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The Washington Post ended its false claims project against President Donald Trump on Inauguration Day with no current plans to launch an additional Biden database "at this time."

Throughout Trump's four years in the Oval Office, the Washington Post's fact checkers cited 30,573 "false or misleading claims" committed by the president. The database is filtered by topic, including economy, immigration, jobs, coronavirus, foreign policy, Russia, biographical record, and Ukraine probe, among others. Sources range from Twitter to news conferences to leaked transcripts.

The final count was revealed Wednesday just after President Joe Biden took the oath of office. The fact checking team's editor and chief writer Glenn Kessler tweeted that he "[n]ever would have believed this number was possible" when the reporters first started the tally at the beginning of Trump's presidency.

The initial database started one month into Trump's presidency, the Washington Post's director of communications Shani George told the Daily Caller.

Trump's departure equals an end to the false claims project's continuation into the new administration as the Washington Post does "not have plans to launch a Biden database at this time."

"The database of Trump claims was started a month after Trump became president as a way to not overwhelm our fact-checking enterprise, where the core mission is to explain complex policy issues," George said.

However, the publication promised to continue to "dig into the accuracy of statements by political figures of all party affiliations."

On the morning before Inauguration Day, the Washington Post wrote that Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris find "common ground" through fashion. Pocket squares and pearls convey the "stylish team's message," the newspaper trumpeted whose official slogan is "Democracy Dies in Darkness."

Gushing over the incoming commander-in-chief's regurgitated cries for national unity, the Washington Post's national political correspondent James Hohmann bestowed the "HEALER IN CHIEF" moniker upon Biden, maintaining at the time that he sounds "much more presidential than the current president."

Then he excused Biden's senior moments, asserting that Biden is "at his best" speaking when he utilizes short, punchy, and declarative sentences. Hohmann described Biden's gaffes as "flowery rhetorical flourishes" as if the 78-year-old orates ornates paragraphs instead of bumbles incomplete clauses.

The Washington Post's romanticization also ignores Biden's own pattern of pushing false and misleading claims. For example, on several occasions, Biden recounted his alleged arrest in South Africa and how anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela thanked him for his support in the late 1970s.

The publication in question even debunked this story retold to voters at least three times. "There is no evidence for either claim; neither appears remotely credible," Kessler wrote in February while Biden was on the presidential campaign trail.

Biden's "Four Pinocchios" rating dealt by the Washington Post appears to have little meaning now that the career Democrat is in the Oval Office.

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the Capitol Hill riot, the Washington Post's columnist Eugene Robinson called for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be "deprogrammed." He asked on MSNBC last Tuesday how Trump-era conservatives could be purged of their "cult"-like ideology.

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