“Better late than never” from the mainstream media: most national media accurately covered “the most important speech” of Trump’s presidency
“Better never than late”: The Wheeling Intelligencer simply ignored it
If you follow national news, you’ve probably noticed that lately there have been some not-so-subtle changes in the coverage of President Trump's statements and speeches. For most of his presidency, the mainstream media have allowed Trump to make-up evidence, lie, and distort without much fact checking. The few corrections were usually . . .
It's predictable: nothing on the Democratic response or any fact checking
Trump’s speech covered; Democratic response ignored
The Wheeling Intelligencer used one of the early Associated Press articles. Dropped from the original AP story was mention of the Democratic response:
Another Democratic star, Stacey Abrams, will deliver the party’s response to Trump. Abrams narrowly lost her bid in . . .
Just kidding! (Fact-checking was probably dropped in order to make room for two large pictures of the Interstate 70 construction zone)
Here is the sub-heading for today’s New York Times’ fact check of yesterday's Trump speech in Charleston:
President Trump claimed that coal was “indestructible,” that West Virginia had one of the strongest state economies and that the U.S. was the “cleanest country in the planet.” None of that was true.
The . . .
An anti-Hillary editorial that uses both
Yesterday's Intelligencer editorial, "Reject Clinton Energy Claims," is another in a long line of anti-Clinton editorials and it's use of evidence remains true to Intelligencer form.
Take this paragraph for example:
For many families, the cost of government limits on using coal to . . .
Fact-checking an Intelligencer editorial
Here is this morning's Intelligencer editorial titled "Kerry to Press: Shut Up."
During a visit to Bangladesh Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry had some advice for the press: Stop scaring people. Cut back on those reports of terrorist atrocities.
Kerry — who, incidentally, was in Bangladesh to seek more . . .
Given their attitude toward facts, is this surprising?
This afternoon's lead editorial in the Wheeling News-Register takes the AP fact checker to task for (how can I delicately put this?) actually checking the facts. Here is how the editorial begins:
One of those "fact check" analyses of presidential candidate Donald Trump's speech on the economy made the limits of . . .