The New York Times is having a bad few weeks, and things just got worse. After a continuous onslaught on their credibility, they were forced to make a stunning admission about President Trump’s speech Tuesday night. It is likely one they didn’t want to make, considering he is their chief critic.
A group of Times writers gathered to go over President Trump’s speech to Congress, looking for lies and inconsistencies. A New York Times fact check can be a tough thing for a politician to pass, with some talented journalists examining every word of a statement. Before Tuesday, reporters for the Times likely relished the chance to take a fact-check crack at Trump’s speech. After all, even Trump’s supporters will admit his off-the-cuff style often means he misses facts or exaggerates at times.
There were 15 statements from President Trump’s speech included in The New York Times fact check. The verdict: all were true to some extent. Of course, the Times couldn’t just admit that his speech passed the fact check test. Most of their declarations of “true” included a “but” or “however” with the verdict, because they couldn’t bring themselves to give the President credit. It was almost as if they were grasping for “alternative facts” to undermine the truth.
Among the examples of their fact-checking:
*Trump claimed “Obamacare premiums nationwide have increased by double and triple digits.” Verdict: TRUE. The Times, however, says the President cherry-picked the facts, as not everyone is experiencing such high raises in their premiums.
*Trump claimed “Over 43 million Americans are on food stamps.” Verdict: TRUE. The Times, however, countered that the number of food stamp recipients has been going down in recent years. I’m sure the 43 million still on food stamps are thrilled to hear that.
*Trump claimed “Over 43 million people are now living in poverty.” Verdict: TRUE. The New York Times is quick to point out, however, that the number is far less than it was early in Obama’s time in office.
*Trump claimed the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines will create “tens of thousands of jobs.” Verdict: TRUE. The Times includes a BUT here, because they point out some of the jobs are only temporary construction jobs. I’m sure they were just as picky with the facts when President Obama claimed robust job growth, while the gains were only for temporary and fast-food jobs.
*Trump claimed he ended a regulation that threatened “the future and livelihoods of our great coal miners.” Verdict: TRUE. The New York Times counters, however, that it wasn’t a solid fact that the regulation would end the careers of ALL coal miners. Maybe they should have asked Hillary Clinton, who said she supported the regulation and admitted that people would lose jobs.
You can click here to read the New York Times fact check yourself. You can almost hear them choke on the truth.