CNN Fact Squad Tags Iowa Governor’s GOP Rebuttal on DOJ Surveilling Angry Parents

CNN’s “Facts First” fact-checkers analyzed 12 claims in President Biden’s State of the Union speech. They only identified one claim that could be considered “false.” The effort was rewarded with an A. They sounded notably tougher on three claims from the Republican rebuttal from Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, and tagged one as false — that “the Department of Justice treats parents like domestic terrorists.”

CNN’s Marshall Cohen said it had been “debunked” before. The “terrorist language” was actually used by the National School Boards Association in a letter and not by the Attorney General in official memos. But the NSBA letter was requested by the Secretary of Education and  they sent it to the president. Cohen was passionate about defending the DOJ. 

The FBI’s counterterrorism division did create an internal “threat tag” called “EDUOFFICIALS” to help agents monitor investigations and intelligence assessments about illegal threats against teachers and school board officials. This is an internal organizing tool – not a nationwide dragnet to target concerned parents who speak up nonviolently at school board meetings. It’s impossible to know everything the FBI is doing behind the scenes, but this is a This is far from the massive abuses that top Republicans claim to have committed.

Other checks showed less anger. Reynolds said  “Many prominent Democrats still want to defund the police.” Daniel Dale insisted “This requires context,” since Biden said the opposite. However, she stated that the “prominent Democrats”. CNN’s prominent portrayals of AOC and other police defunders is the “context”. This documentary runs for an hour.Ilhanomar and Cori bush.

Reynolds said “We’ve actually gone to the border, something that our President and vice president have yet to do since taking office.”

Priscilla Alvarez ruled “Reynolds partially is correct. President Joe Biden has not been to the US-Mexico border since he was elected, but Vice President Kamala Harris did visit the border last June.” Even CNN’s Jeremy Diamond at the time described Harris’s four hours in El Paso as “dutifully going through the motions of an official visit to the border while seeking to create as little noise as possible.”

CNN however chose the lame Biden statements as its rule to be “Correct!” 

Biden said that the “majority of Americans” in almost all parts of America can no longer wear masks. Based on projections, more Americans will be able to remove their masks in the coming weeks.

Facts First:  Biden is correctThis is based upon a recent change to CDC metrics. The focus shifted from community transmissible diseases to include hospitalizations, and capacity.

However, CNN and CDC are based upon Science!

Marshall Cohen presented the “Correct” badge to Biden, boasting about his Supreme Court choice: 

Biden spoke out about Judge Ketanji Jackson, his Supreme Court nominee. He claimed her nomination has been supported by an array of legal professionals and interest groups.

“Since she’s been nominated, she’s received a broad range of support, from the Fraternal Order of Police, to former judges appointed by Democrats and Republicans,” Biden said.

Truths first: It is true.

Like a good Biden publicist, CNN has posted stories underlining support from conservative federal judge Michael Luttig and lawyer William Burck.

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