If there is a Republican giving a speech anywhere, you can be sure the liberal fact-checkers aren’t far behind. They live to find even the smallest fault so they can turn it into fodder for the media circus that plays out daily.
In general, fact-checkers are a good thing. In a perfect world, they keep politicians mostly honest which is good for the rest of us.
When Melanie Mason of the Los Angeles Times checked Trump on the facts he delivered during his recent acceptance speech at the RNC, she was forced to grudgingly admit that his facts were “basically right.” She couldn’t resist getting in her dig, however, when she stated that immigration in general was “flat overall.”
Another fact-checker, Seema Mehta, was also forced to confirm that Trump’s numbers on crime were “mostly accurate.” Once again, however, she felt compelled to add that “his conclusions are a stretch.”
While the statistics he used were largely accurate, his conclusion was overreaching, according to independent fact checkers.
While there have been sharp recent increases in homicide rates in certain parts of the country, overall murder rates are the lowest they have been in decades, according to factcheck.org. Additionally, a snapshot offered by looking at a couple years is insufficient to determine whether there is a new trend.
In terms of specific statistics, Trump was accurate when he talked about a 17% year-over-year increase in homicides in the nation’s 50 largest cities; and the murder rates in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Chicago.
But he was inaccurate when he said that the number of police officer deaths has risen nearly 50% compared to the same period last year. While the number of police officers killed by guns has gone up that amount, the overall number of police officers killed in the line of duty is flat.
The problem with Mehta’s reporting was pointed out by Breitbart:
Note, in particular, Mahta’s [sic] last paragraph, in which she claims that Trump said “the number of police officer deaths has risen nearly 50%.” Now look again at what Trump said: “killed in the line of duty.”
She corrects him for a mistake he never made.
For media “fact-checkers,” Republicans are presumed to be wrong, or stupid — even when they are correct.
Do you think the fact-checkers were showing their bias when they reported on their findings?