Looks like Karine Jean-Pierre is getting free pass from fact-checkers: report

Corporate media bias has been well-documented, especially in the era of social media where spin has transitioned to suppression.

While expected that major outlets would do their part to lay cover for the favored administration of President Joe Biden, a stunning review of leading fact-checkers found White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is benefitting from an extreme amount of woke privilege.

Since replacing Jen “circle back” Psaki on May 13, Jean-Pierre has often appeared out of her depth when it comes to feeding the talking points of the day to a mostly friendly briefing room. Even without pushback from the likes of Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy, she has raised eyebrows with her dubious claims, yet according to Fox News Digital, there have been fewer fact-checks of her than she’s had months on the job.

Having reviewed outlets Reuters, The Washington Post, Factcheck.org, and The Associated Press along with CNN’s Daniel Dale, Fox News Digital found since she assumed her position in May, there has not been a single fact-check of Jean-Pierre.

Of the progressive-friendly organizations they looked at, only Snopes and Politifact had checked any of the press secretary’s claims and, even then, it only amounted to two “false” ratings from the latter and a solitary review of a past comment made by Jean-Pierre for the former.

The report from Fox News has followed some rather egregious claims by the press secretary including her debating at the end of August that the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who have entered the United States since Biden took office didn’t just walk over.

As it happened, Doocy had been asking Jean-Pierre about top tennis player Novak Djokovic being prohibited from entering the United States to compete at the U.S. Open tournament because of his vaccination status. The correspondent asked, “How come migrants are allowed to come into this country unvaccinated, but world-class tennis players are not?”

While she tried to deflect, Doocy continued by reframing his question and asked more generally, “Somebody unvaccinated comes over on a plane. You say that’s not OK. Somebody walks into Texas or Arizona unvaccinated, they’re allowed to stay? Why?”

“But that’s not how it works,” she argued.

“That’s what’s happening,” Doocy asserted. “I know that’s not what you guys want to happen. But that is what is happening.”

“But that’s not, it’s not like somebody walks over and-” Jean-Pierre claimed, undeterred by reality before the journalist cut her off, “That’s exactly what’s happening.”

In another back-and-forth with Doocy, the press secretary stated amidst record high gas prices, 40-year-high inflation and supply chain issues leaving Americans scrambling to find certain necessary staples like baby formula that, “we are stronger economically than we have been in history” when talks of a recession were already underway.

Capping off a trifecta of losing issues for Democrats heading into the midterms was Jean-Pierre’s take on the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade which she contended, “from day one, when the Supreme Court made this extreme decision to take away a constitutional right, it was an unconstitutional action by them, a right that was around for almost 50 years, a right that women had to make a decision on their bodies and how they want to start their families…”

As Fox News reported on that claim, only PolitiFact noted the statement to be false.

Such a blatant dismissal of lies from the White House was brushed off by The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, editor and chief fact-checker for the outlet, who had been a part of the false-claims project against then-President Donald Trump. He reportedly directed Fox News Digital to see a tweet of his from Jan. 2021, shortly after it was announced that there was no plan to continue the false-claims project for Biden.

“We rarely fact check statements by PR people like Press Secretaries,” Kessler wrote. “We only did that once or twice during Trump and Obama. We have a high bar for such statements because we prefer to pin the Pinocchios on a policy-maker and hold her or her accountable for their words…”

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