AP Fact Checkers Finally Go After Someone Other than Trump

The Associated Press has initiated an aggressive “fact check” campaign. Always on the alert for fake news, the AP seeks to protect its readers. Only thing is, almost all of the AP’s “fact checks” relate to President Trump. For example, just in the last three or four weeks:

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s iffy grasp of autism research
AP FACT CHECK: Misplaced blame for nomination failure [Republicans were responsible]
AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s messy case that he inherited a mess
AP FACT CHECK: The audacity of hype [Trump’s claims are delusional]
AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims, and gets, undue credit
AP FACT CHECK: Trump considers 20 million people ‘very few’
AP FACT CHECK: Black colleges hardly school choice pioneers [contradicting Betsy DeVos]
AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes undue credit for F-35 savings
AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit he hasn’t earned
AP FACT CHECK: Trump jumps the gun on NATO, jobs claims
AP FACT CHECK: US military not as threadbare as Trump says
AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s skewed ledger of achievements
AP FACT CHECK: How Trump’s Keystone XL story fell apart
AP FACT CHECK: White House overly downbeat about budgeteers
AP FACT CHECK: Cabinet members go rogue on science, history

So the AP’s “fact check” operation is really just another phase of its war on the Trump administration and the Republican Party. (To be fair, over the same time period the AP did fact-check one Democrat, Claire McCaskill with regard to her blatantly false claim about never having met the Russian ambassador.)

So, what do the AP fact checkers do when they feel the need for balance and don’t want to bash Donald Trump? Today’s headline: AP FACT CHECK: Pope didn’t change Ten Commandments. The AP went after a joke site called Real News Right Now:

The purported author, R. Hobbus J.D., is identified on the website as an investigative journalist who has won awards that don’t exist, including the “Oscar Mayer Award for Journalistic Excellence.”

That might have been a clue. The AP helpfully explains:

Pope Francis didn’t say that God had told him to revise the Ten Commandments as claimed in a widely shared story. Francis never made the purported comments and has not changed or added to the Ten Commandments. He has no authority to do that, given that the core moral teachings of Christianity and Judaism were said to have been revealed to Moses by God and are written in the Bible.

Glad they cleared that up! Another blow struck against fake news. Tomorrow the AP fact checkers will get back to their real purpose, attacking President Trump. When the AP is in charge, Democrats are safe.


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