Four Pinocchios for WaPo fact-checker’s bad presidential math
March 2, 2021
The Washington Post’s fact-checker got a dose of his own medicine after tweeting about former President Donald Trump’s complaints about school reopenings.
Trump complaining about kids not back in schools yet. Who was president a month ago?
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) February 28, 2021
The tweet, which was issued on February 28, brought a storm of corrections, with Twitter users noting that Joe Biden has been president for more than a month — actually, 39 days, as of Kessler’s tweet.
— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) February 28, 2021
Joe Biden was president on January 28 my dude https://t.co/NxsQqtX2eQ
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 28, 2021
Kessler was apparently too enraged by Trump’s CPAC speech to do the necessary math, while at the same time ignoring Biden’s shifting stance on school reopenings. Maybe he could fact-check that instead.
For this error, he is awarded Four Pinocchios.