Category Archives: Facts & Checking

Fact checking and facts

Tara Reade’s Tumultuous Journey to the 2020 Campaign – The New York Times

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“To better understand Ms. Reade’s tumultuous journey to the roiling center of the presidential campaign, The New York Times interviewed nearly 100 friends, relatives, co-workers and neighbors and reviewed court records. What emerged was a shambolic life in which Ms. Reade, through her own pluck and smarts and powers of persuasion, overcame an unsettled and abusive childhood to find opportunities on the big stages of acting, politics and law.”

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/us/politics/tara-reade-joe-biden.html

Trump’s executive order on Twitter ignores that he’s the real danger to speech – The Washington Post

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“By Editorial Board May 30, 2020 at 5:00 a.m. PDT”

” “We’re here today to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers,” President Trump said on Thursday as he signed an executive order designed to punish social media sites for exercising free speech. To honestly identify the danger to free speech, he would have had to include a mirror in the signing ceremony.”

“The White House has been plotting its assault on Internet platforms for some time now, and the directive marks the first shot formally fired. It comes as a response to Twitter applying a fact-checking label to tweets from the commander in chief that falsely suggested that vote-by-mail is systemically fraudulent. Twitter early Friday rallied rather than retreating, slapping a warning on a presidential tweet for glorifying violence. The tweet from the president, and then from the official White House account, called protesters in Minneapolis “THUGS” and declared that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” “

Source: Trump’s executive order on Twitter ignores that he’s the real danger to speech – The Washington Post

Fact check: Trump’s 654 false claims during the coronavirus pandemic – CNNPolitics

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“Washington (CNN)

President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been deeply dishonest.He has been dishonest about testing. He has been dishonest about his travel restrictions. He has been dishonest about the supplies his predecessor left him, about what his opponents have said about the pandemic, even about what he has said himself.Trump made as many false claims at some of his official pandemic task force briefings as he does in some of his rally speeches. Over the 14 weeks from the Monday his coronavirus task force started meeting, January 27, through Sunday, May 3, he made 654 false claims — 215 of them specifically about the pandemic. (Lots of the others were about related subjects, like the economy and China.)”

Source: Fact check: Trump’s 654 false claims during the coronavirus pandemic – CNNPolitics

Trump campaign is creating an alternate reality online about coronavirus – The Washington Post

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“By Elyse Samuels and Meg Kelly May 28, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. PDT”

“We have met the moment and we have prevailed. Americans do whatever it takes to find solutions, pioneer breakthroughs, and harness the energies we need to achieve a total victory.”

— President Trump, at a news conference, May 11, 2020

“The Trump administration’s mishandling of key moments in the novel coronavirus outbreak has been well documented. Early travel restrictions from China and Europe were meant to buy time, but inaction or poor planning squandered much of the benefit. Delays in testing allowed the virus to spread across the country largely undetected. A shortage of personal protective equipment while cases surged overwhelmed hospitals and health-care workers. The president promoted unproven, and sometimes dangerous, medical approaches to fighting the disease, in some cases with potentially deadly consequences. He misrepresented how quickly a vaccine will be available.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/28/trump-campaign-is-creating-an-alternate-reality-online-about-coronavirus/

Shining sunlight on Trump’s idiocy is the best disinfectant – The Washington Post

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“Timothy Klausutis is right: His late wife deserves better than a president who has cynically seized on the tragic circumstances of her death at 28 and “perverted it for perceived political gain.” President Trump’s unfathomable cruelty in suggesting that then-Rep. Joe Scarborough had an affair with Lori Klausutis, an aide in his office, and murdered her almost 19 years ago, is sickening.”

“Her husband’s anguish over what he described as the “constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories since the day she died” is palpable in the letter he sent last week to Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey, imploring him to remove Trump’s tweets about his wife.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/twitter-would-be-making-a-mistake-to-delete-trumps-tweets/2020/05/27/a6f09264-a04e-11ea-b5c9-570a91917d8d_story.html

Kayleigh McEnany’s latest briefing is a case study in gaslighting, whataboutism and false claims – The Washington Post

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“White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held her latest news briefing Tuesday. And as with her previous ones, she put the “brief” in “briefing” — it ran only about 20 minutes.”

“But that was plenty of time for McEnany to engage in some massive false claims, gaslighting and whataboutism.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/26/kayleigh-mcenanys-latest-briefing-is-case-study-gaslighting-whataboutism-false-claims/

Twitter labels Trump’s tweets with a fact-check for the first time – The Washington Post

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“Twitter on Tuesday slapped a fact-check label on President Trump’s tweets for the first time, a response to long-standing criticism that the company is too hands-off when it comes to policing misinformation and falsehoods from world leaders.”

“The move, which escalates tensions between Washington and Silicon Valley in an election year, was made in response to two Trump tweets over the past 24 hours. The tweets falsely claimed that mail-in ballots are fraudulent. Twitter’s label says, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots,” and redirects users to news articles about Trump’s unsubstantiated claim.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/05/26/trump-twitter-label-fact-check/

 

Trump Whines About His COVID-19 Victimhood as Campaign Flails | Vanity Fair

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“This Is So Unfair to Me”: Trump Whines About His COVID-19 Victimhood as Campaign Flails

“Raging at campaign manager Brad Parscale and Joe Scarborough, Trump attempts a campaign reset. But “Trump can’t pivot to a different strategy,” says an adviser. Because he’s the problem.”

“By Gabriel Sherman May 26, 2020″

Source: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/05/trump-whines-about-his-covid-19-victimhood-as-campaign-flails

Donald Trump, the Most Unmanly President – The Atlantic

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Editor’s Note: May be behind paywall, but a great article on this unmanly fool as POTUS.

Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/donald-trump-the-most-unmanly-president/612031/

Trump administration to withdraw from Open Skies treaty in a further erosion of arms control pacts with Russia – The Washington Post

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, shown earlier this month with President Trump, has said Russia has violated the treaty for many years. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)



Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2020/05/21/882d460a-9b68-11ea-b60c-3be060a4f8e1_story.html

“The Trump administration began privately informing allied nations this week that the United States will withdraw from a nearly 30-year-old treaty designed to reduce the chances of an accidental war between Russia and the United States by allowing reconnaissance flights over the two countries, according to diplomats familiar with the discussions.”

“A withdrawal from the Treaty on Open Skies risks driving another wedge between the United States and its European allies, some of which urged the United States to remain in the pact in recent weeks despite U.S. concerns about Russian compliance.”