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Opinion Fact-checking Trump: He's on a dangerous path that must be documented and discouraged

14:06  02 june  2020
14:06  02 june  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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MUST WATCH. Facts First: While Trump may have simply meant that the coronavirus has a fatality rate more like the flu than like Ebola, experts have emphasized that Facts First: Clearly, the number of US cases and deaths was going up, not down. As the New York Times noted in its own fact check

When Donald Trump in 2015 announced he was running for president, I started our fact check of his error-filled announcement speech with these words: “Businessman Donald Trump is a fact checker’s dream … and nightmare.”

That may sound prophetic — and I certainly had experience covering Trump’s mendacity when I was a business reporter in the 1990s — but even I was unprepared for the tsunami of untruths we encountered over the course of the campaign. At The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, we rate political claims on a Pinocchio scale. Our worst rating is four Pinocchios, meaning “a whopper.” Most politicians earn four Pinocchios about 15% to 20% of the time. But nearly two-thirds of Trump’s statements during the 2016 race received Four-Pinocchio ratings.

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Note: The Fact Checker welcomes academic research of the Trump claims database. Recent examples include work done by Erasmus University of Send us facts to check by filling out this form. Sign up for The Fact Checker weekly newsletter. The Fact Checker is a verified signatory to the

President Trump signed an executive order aimed at changing one of the most important laws governing speech on the internet. Trump and his allies have accused the social media giant of violating free speech by fact - checking his post.

a large truck on a city street: At the White house on May 28, 2020. © Eric Kayne/AP Images At the White house on May 28, 2020.

Unfortunately, as president, Trump’s track record has only gotten worse. From the start of Trump’s presidency, The Washington Post Fact Checker team has catalogued every false or misleading statement he has made. As of Friday, 1,226 days into his presidency, the count stood at 19,127 claims.

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That works out to more than 15 claims per day. But the pace of deception has quickened dramatically. He averaged six claims a day in 2017, nearly 16 a day in 2018 and more than 22 in 2019. Indeed, the president made more false or misleading claims in 2019 than he did in 2017 and 2018 combined.

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  The Folly of Twitter’s Fact-Check In the main, politics is not a dispute over facts, but over values. Twitter risks blurring the distinction.No American, not even the president, has an inherent right to a social-media account. Tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter are free to ban any user they see fit. They’re free to fact-check anyone they want, to create a framework of acceptable speech, and to enforce their policies either consistently or capriciously. They’re free to accuse Donald Trump — and only Trump, if they see fit — of being a liar. They’re free to do all of these things.

He has repeatedly said that no one could have seen the effects of the coronavirus coming.Credit Erin Schaff/The New York Times. He only regained his swagger, the associate said, from conducting his daily White House briefings, at which he often seeks to rewrite the history of the past several months.

President Trump signed an executive order according to which any illegal who lives on welfare will be sent home. Such a clause would ignore the fact that “food stamps” (formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cannot legally be claimed by undocumented immigrants.

Every president lies at some point, for diplomatic or national security reasons or to sell a policy. But Trump is not known for one big lie — just a constant stream of exaggerated, invented, inconsistent, dubious and false claims. In the nine years I have run The Fact Checker, I have never encountered a politician so cavalier about the facts, so unconcerned with accuracy, so willing to attack people for made-up reasons and so determined to falsely depict his achievements.

We started our database of Trump claims out of a desire to not let Trump overwhelm our fact-checking enterprise. We aim to fact-check politicians of every stripe, not just whoever happens to be president. We use politicians’ claims as a jumping off point to write deeply about complex policy issues, so we did not want that core function to be sidelined by chasing down the latest bizarre tweet by the president. But once Trump effectively became his own press secretary in mid-2018, our weekends and evenings were soon lost to the depressing task of wading through the president’s forest of falsehoods.

Trump accuses Twitter of 'interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election' after it fact-checked his false tweets about voting by mail

  Trump accuses Twitter of 'interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election' after it fact-checked his false tweets about voting by mail Earlier in the day, Twitter added links to two of Trump's tweets prompting users to "get the facts" about mail-in ballots.".@Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election," Trump tweeted. "They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post ...

Amazingly, the “ fact - check ” article from CNN that Twitter links to from Trump ’ s tweet is an opinion piece that says mail-in voting will “very rarely lead to voter fraud.” This defies the claim made by Nadler back in 2004, that mail-in voting is wrought with fraud. This CNN editorial also claims that Trump ’ s

Articles must be published within the last two weeks. More Info. Submissions must be from domains on the This became obvious with Trump that he was in love with dictators and working for Putin. The fact that he ' s making no attempt to unite anything (and in fact creating and fanning all these fires of

But ultimately, it has been a personally fulfilling enterprise. Our cataloging of Trump’s claims has had an impact. Social scientists have already mined our database for research into Trump’s patterns of lying. Historians will find the database useful when they try to make sense of this unique era in American politics.

There is evidence that Trump’s falsehoods have hurt him more than they have helped him. The Fact Checker team in late 2018 worked with The Washington Post’s pollster to discover whether people increasingly believed 11 of Trump’s most repeated false statements. The poll found that fewer than 3 in 10 Americans — including fewer than 4 in 10 Republicans — believed these claims.

Moreover, Trump consistently has failed to win majority support of Americans in public opinion polls, with his rating dragged down by skepticism about his honesty. The Gallup poll in 2019 found that only 34% surveyed believe Trump is honest and trustworthy, compared with 65% for George W. Bush and 61% for Barack Obama.

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Twitter places fact-check notification on Trump tweet about mail-in ballots

  Twitter places fact-check notification on Trump tweet about mail-in ballots TWITTER-TRUMP/ (URGENT):Twitter places fact-check notification on Trump tweet about mail-in ballotsThe notification, which displays a blue exclamation mark underneath the tweets, prompts readers to "get the facts about mail-in ballots" and directs them to a page with news articles and information from fact checkers debunking the claim.

Mr. Trump suggested he was speaking on gut instinct, and acknowledged he had no expertise on the subject. “But what do I know? I’m not a doctor,” Mr. Trump said, after recommending the anti-malaria drug’ s use for coronavirus patients as well as medical personnel at high risk of infection.

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Still, Trump retains a strong base of support by exploiting a growing divide between blue and red America.

In the United States, party identification increasingly is seen as an essential sign of character. In 1960, a survey found that only 4% of Democrats and 5% of Republicans said they would be disappointed if their child married someone from the opposite political party. In a 2019 survey, 45% of Democrats and 35% of Republicans said they would be somewhat or very unhappy if their son or daughter married someone from the other party.

That makes my job as a fact-checker even harder, as partisans increasingly react with fury depending on whose ox is being gored. Democrats get especially upset, apparently because of the belief that any possible transgression by a Democrat is not worth fact-checking when the president is constantly trying to mislead Americans. But all politicians should be held to a high standard. If they need to spin the facts in order to promote a policy, then maybe there is something wrong with the policy.

Trump exemplifies the social media creature who exists in a partisan world of his own, refusing to let conflicting facts get in his way. But that’s a dangerous path and certainly not model behavior. By diversifying your social media and news diet, you can learn from people who challenge your assumptions. Be open to new ideas and don’t jump to conclusions. Remember: Every politician is trying to sell you something — so, buyer beware.

Twitter hides Trump's tweet for violating its rules about glorifying violence

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Glenn Kessler, editor and chief writer of The Washington Post Fact Checker, is co-author of “Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth: The President's Falsehoods, Misleading Claims and Flat-Out Lies,” published Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter: @GlennKesslerWP

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