“Fact-Checking” Takes Another Beating

Source: TK News
by Matt Taibbi

“[T]he ‘on the one hand and on the other hand’ format is just a defense mechanism. These people say X, these people say Y, and because the jabbering mannequins we have reading off our teleprompters actually know jack, we’ll let the passage of time sort out the difficult bits. The public used to appreciate the humility of that approach, but what they get from us more often now are sanctimonious speeches about how reporters are intrepid seekers of truth who sit next to God and gobble amphetamines so they can stay awake all night defending democracy from ‘misinformation.’ … When CNN did a fact-check on the question, ‘Did Fauci change his mind on the effectiveness of masks?’ they seemed worried about the glee Trump followers would feel if they simply wrote yes, so the answer instead became, ‘Yes, but Trump is also an asshole’ (because he implied the need to wear masks is still up for debate).” (05/24/21)

https://taibbi.substack.com/p/fact-checking-takes-another-beating