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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Rep. Dean Phillips Steps Down from House Democratic Leadership Amid Calls for Primary Challenger to President Biden
In a surprising move, Rep. Dean Phillips, a Democrat from Minnesota, recently announced his resignation from his leadership role within the Democratic Party.
The decision, while not forced, was made amidst growing tension within the caucus over his public calls for a primary challenger to President Joe Biden in the 2024 election.
Phillips, who served as a co-chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), revealed his decision on Sunday, stating, “I have decided to step down from the DPCC & Democratic Caucus leadership.”
He acknowledged that his outspoken stance on the 2024 presidential race had created a rift within the party, stating, “While politics & official work do not mix, it’s clear my convictions about 2024 are incongruent with the position of my colleagues & that was causing discomfort. I was not pressured or forced to resign.”
According to reports from Fox News, sources confirmed that Phillips had not been pushed out of his leadership role and that, in general, party leadership had been supportive of him. However, his public criticism of President Biden had caused disruption and discomfort within the caucus.
The breaking point appears to have been a House Democratic Caucus meeting where Rep. Sydney Kamlager-Dove, a Democrat from California, openly criticized Phillips for suggesting that President Biden should step aside in favor of a primary challenge. This incident reportedly marked the first time Phillips realized the extent of the discomfort his position was causing among some fellow Democrats.
After the meeting, Phillips approached Kamlager-Dove on the House floor, questioning why she had not raised her concerns with him privately. This exchange highlighted the divisions within the party regarding the issue of a primary challenge to President Biden.
Notably, sources have indicated that Phillips may be considering larger political ambitions, including a potential run for the presidency, a notion he had previously floated. In August, Phillips urged fellow Democrats to enter the 2024 presidential race and suggested that President Biden should “pass the torch” to new leaders. During a recent podcast appearance, Phillips hinted at the possibility of running against Biden, stating, “I haven’t ruled it out,” but also acknowledging the challenges of running without national name recognition.
In the wake of his resignation from the DPCC and Democratic Caucus leadership, Rep. Phillips expressed his appreciation for House Minority Whip Hakeem Jeffries and DPCC Chair Rep. Joe Neguse, applauding their leadership styles and principles. Phillips’ departure from leadership marks a significant development in the ongoing debate within the Democratic Party about its direction and potential presidential contenders for 2024.
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