Well over 100 days since President Biden has taken office, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has yet to be fact-checked by Politifact’s “Truth Meter.” But, when former President Trump was in office, then Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had her own page on their site. The former spokeswoman was even fact-checked as recently as 2020, long after she left her post.
The Media Research Center brought attention to this disparity in a tweet Tuesday. Politifact wrote several articles during Huckabee Sander’s two-year tenure, but none yet for Psaki. “If they were truly unbiased,” the MRC wrote in a tweet, “Politifact would have a fact-check page for Biden’s Press Secretary [Jen Psaki].”
In an article published Monday, Bill D’Agostino accused fact checkers like Politifact of “selection bias.”
“Fact checkers are just as susceptible to bias and narrative-pushing as any other class of journalist,” D’Agostino wrote. He also cited a study by the MRC that found Politifact was eight times more likely to fact check someone criticizing Biden than Biden himself.
Politifact did not respond to this reporter’s request for comment.
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House Republicans Subpoena DOJ for Records of Biden’s Interview with Special Counsel
Special Counsel Robert Hur determined that President Joe Biden not only mishandled classified documents, but he also declined to press charges against him because his advanced age and declining memory would influence a potential jury.
“Mr. Biden will likely present himself to the jury, as he did during his interview with our office, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” Hur wrote.
House Republicans have subpoenaed the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the interview transcripts, audio, notes and video files from Hur’s interview with Biden which transpired during the investigation.
“The Committees further seek to understand whether the White House or President Biden’s personal attorneys placed any limitations or scoping restrictions during the interviews with Special Counsel Hur or Mr. Mark Zwonitzer precluding or addressing any potential statements directly linking President Biden to troublesome foreign payments,” the lawmakers said in a subpoena cover letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“Special Counsel Hur’s report outlined that classified documents Joe Biden stashed for years relate to countries where his family cashed in on the Biden brand. We owe it to the American people to provide transparency and accountability about the extent of Joe Biden retaining sensitive materials and the concerns raised about his current mental state and fitness to be President of the United States,” Comer said in a statement. Comer, Jordan and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R., Mo.) are leading the impeachment inquiry.
“Special Counsel Robert Hur’s investigation into President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents made two things clear: there’s a double standard of justice in this country and Joe Biden isn’t fit for office. The transcripts and materials from his investigation are critical to our oversight work,” Jordan stated.
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