White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre took office on May 13, four months ago.
During this time, Jean-Pierre has escaped nearly every mainstream media “fact-checker.”
On Tuesday, Fox News Digital reviewed several popular media “fact-checking” services — including those of CNN, Snopes, Factcheck.org, PolitiFact and Glenn Kessler at The Washington Post.
Of those, only PolitiFact has fact-checked any remarks by the press secretary. PolitiFact has given her two “false” ratings for lying about the unemployment rate and for calling Dobbs v. Jackson unconstitutional.
On May 12, Snopes fact-checked old remarks by Jean-Pierre… but hasn’t fact-checked once during Jean-Pierre’s time in the White House.
Fox News Digital pressed Kessler for comment.
Kessler argued that he usually has better things to do than to fact-check false statements by P.R. professionals… despite these fact-checkers going ballistic throughout all of former President Donald Trump’s first term. Kessler said that he reserves his time for fact-checking the politicians themselves, not their press secretaries.
“We rarely fact check statements by PR people like Press Secretaries. We only did that once or twice during Trump and Obama,” Kessler tweeted in January 2021. “We have a high bar for such statements because we prefer to pin the Pinocchios on a policy-maker.”
However, Biden has become a rare kind of president. He held only two sit-down interviews during his first year as president, and he also held fewer press conferences than any president since George W. Bush.
With Biden fading into the background, Jean-Pierre has become the most vocal member of the White House, with her press conferences occurring almost daily.
The American people rely on Jean-Pierre more than they relied on any of Trump’s press secretaries.
And the mainstream media is — again — letting them get away with it.
The Horn editorial team