In your meta moment of the day, Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, announced today that he will not grade comments made by political candidates about stories reported in the Washington Post, largely because he refuses to fact check stories published in his newspaper.
Kessler has announced he is not going to issue any Pinocchios based on claims that President Obama’s campaign has made based on a disputed Washington Post story — although he says the Obama campaign misquotes the WaPo story.
Why? Because “The Fact Checker does not check the facts in the reporting of Washington Post writers or columnists.” He does this in a column that defends the Post’s reporting.
In other words, those Pinnochios will never rat out Geppetto!
Part of the flap revolves around the WaPo’s coordinated efforts with the Obama campaign. The Post is now saying that in a recent article they didn’t intend to give the impression that jobs transferred overseas from Bain Capital happened while Mitt Romney ran the company. The title of the Post article in question? “Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas”
Now, based on the headline, why in the world would anybody have gotten the impression that Romney was still running the company?
Maybe Kessler won’t fact check his own paper because he wouldn’t have any time left to do anything else.