Democracy does die in darkness. Glenn Kessler, overseer of the Washington Post’s Fact Checker column, announced in a tweet late Monday that he would be discontinuing the database he had begun compiling under the Trump administration now that there was a new sheriff in town.
According to Kessler’s recordkeeping, Biden made 67 false or misleading claims in his first 100 days compared with Trump’s 511. “In the last 100 days before the 2020 election,” Kessler adds, “we counted 8,859 claims made by Trump. It was a wild ride.”
Here's the Biden database — which we do not plan to extend beyond 100 days. I have learned my lesson. https://t.co/qK42PRlnrS
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) April 27, 2021
Why anyone should trust Kessler’s integrity remains to be seen, especially since this is the second time he has announced he was discontinuing his fact check database. The first came four days into Biden’s presidency, when Kessler wrote that he did “not have plans to launch a Biden database at this time.” So did he ever start keeping a database for Biden, as he now maintains, or did he abandon the idea early on, as he wrote in January?
There’s also the matter that we’re supposed to take a liberal hack like Kessler’s word for it that Trump, a Republican, lied like a rug, while Biden, a Democrat, is just such a fundamentally honest guy that there would hardly be reason to question his claims. (RELATED: If you pare away Biden’s mental unfitness and rape allegations, you’re still left with his lying and plagiarism)