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AP brutally fact-checks Trump

The Associated Press wrote a beautifully wicked fact-check of Donald Trump this morning. It’s so good, it’s downright sassy.

AP walks through a variety of issues, including Trump claiming: that former FBI Director James Comey is a “coward”; that Comey broke the law by releasing his notes of the meeting in which Trump tried to kill the FBI’s probe of Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia; that “money is pouring into NATO”; that Trump doesn’t know Comey; that Democrats are obstructing Trump’s appointees and agenda; that Comey’s testimony “vindicated” Trump; that Obamacare is in a “total death spiral”; Trump’s claims about Obama’s stimulus; Trump’s EPA chief lying about new coal jobs and climate change.

Rather than summarize the story, just go read it. It’s good.

associated pressI’d rather talk about what the story represents. It’s a rather strong story, with a strong voice, for AP. AP, like Reuters, traditionally has a more staid “just the facts, ma’am,” approach to journalism. This, however, is written more in the style of the Economist, with the voice of a real person behind the story, and someone who’s not willing to put with any BS.

I suspect this is a pushback against the Fake News phenomenon, which includes what the Russians did during the election, but also the lies that Donald Trump spews on a regular basis, putting him in a uniquely dishonest category for presidents. The media is finally fighting back, and rather than simply striving for balance — which often leads to a he-said-she-said article that simply regurgitates GOP lies as though they’re perhaps a valid argument — the media’s goal is now truth.

John Aravosis
Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children’s Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O’Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in New York City, and is the cofounder of TimeToResign.com. Bio, article archive.

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