Well, the Democratic National Convention is unfolding this week, and you would expect that fact-checkers would have their red pens and Google searches at the ready. After all, media bias or no media bias, you have to expect that a bunch of politicians are going to fib a little when they get in front of the cameras, right? We imagine there would be enough fodder for a decent fact checking article in just a single speech, be it from Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, or Jill Biden.
But it seems that the nation’s precious fact-checkers are resting up for the big workloads they expect next week, when the Republican National Convention begins. The Washington Post’s fact-checker said that Democrat speakers were relying more on emotion than facts, giving them little material to work with. The mere preponderance of opinion never stops them from fact-checking President Trump or any other Republican, but there you have it.
CNN’s fact-checking dweeb, Daniel Dale, spent the week telling readers on Twitter how little work he was doing this week.
“As others have noted, I should’ve mentioned that Biden also took questions from four Black and Hispanic journalists for a conference event on August 6,” Dale tweeted, apropos of nothing.
So bored he was with the DNC that Dale decided to fact check Trump out of nowhere.
“Not watching the speech but this remains a lie: Trump gave a speech to a Michigan Republican dinner in 2013, was given some thank-you gifts, and has turned that into having received the nonexistent state Man of the Year Award,” Dale wrote.
Still no word on any of the facts mentioned by Democrats at the convention, but Dale had time to “correct” something from conservative media.
“Here is a Breitbart ‘fact check’ the president tweeted out on Bill Clinton’s accurate claim that the US has had a pandemic unemployment spike not seen in other rich countries,” he mused. “It is something, and that something is bad.”
He proceeded to fact-check the fact-checkers again here: “Some conservatives are accusing Obama and other Democrats of lying for saying some people rely on the mail for Social Security checks. They aren’t. Though 99.1% do direct deposit, the 0.9% still getting mail checks is 549,818 people.”
Pretty sure that would have been enough to earn a “Mostly Lying” from PolitiFact if it were said by a Republican.
On Wednesday night, he just said it flat-out.
“Haven’t heard any false claims from the Democratic speakers so far tonight,” he wrote. “Subjective opinion, as always, doesn’t count.”
Yeah. We’ll see if that holds true next week.