Under President Donald Trump, the “mainstream media” frequently engaged in real-time fact-checking of his statements, but a new analysis by a media expert suggests that such fact-checking has significantly diminished under President Joe Biden.
In findings that are likely to bolster critics’ claims of a pro-Democrat, far-left bias among the vast majority of outlets, media critic Joe Concha, in a column for The Hill, writes that “fact checkers are enjoying what feels like extended vacations or have simply checked out in terms of scrutinizing the many ways that he is misleading the public.”
Concha points to CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale as a prime example of the lack of accountability surrounding the current president.
According to Mediaite, Dale made over 500 appearances or mentions on a national network within just 16 months, from June 2019 to November 2020, averaging more than once per day on CNN.
“But Dale has become the fact-checker version of Edward Snowden under Biden. He’s almost impossible to find these days. In fact, Dale has not conducted even one fact-check of the president since June,” Concha wrote.
Certainly, Biden supporters might argue that Dale doesn’t have substantial material to fact-check. However, that assertion doesn’t hold true. For instance, in August, Biden claimed that inflation in July was zero, even though the actual figure stood near a 40-year high at 8.3 percent, Concha pointed out.
Recently, Biden asserted that the Inflation Reduction Act, despite studies suggesting it would have minimal impact on inflation, had already “helped reduce inflation at the kitchen table.” However, in a related development, food prices surged once more in August, with the Consumer Price Index showing a 10.6 percent year-over-year increase, as noted by Concha.
“The midterm elections are 50 days from now. The balance of power in Washington hangs in the balance. More than ever, words matter,” Concha wrote. “Lies and half-truths must be called out. It shouldn’t matter if a Republican or Democrat occupies the Oval Office.
“But apparently fact-checkers are mostly on a four-year sabbatical at this point. And it’s pathetic,” he concluded.