CNN Reporter’s Fact-Check ‘Debunking’ Republicans Is a Lesson on How Media Body-Checks Facts – Opinion

We are grateful to him for sharing his tutorial about how CNN manipulates truth to discredit stories.

This is a true case of fact-checking traveling the web before facts can be put on their pants. Sir Winston, my apologies. Once again the fact-checking set of this country is engaged in some of their established patterns–holding the GOP to high standards, while completely ignoring the claims made by the administration. Jen Psaki recently claimed that some schools are closed in certain states. want the ability to segregate LGBTQ students. This bold claim has not been substantiated by any corrective action from truth-seekers in the media.

Over at CNN, their resident viscount of vérité, Daniel Dale, felt he had a relevant piece of coverage that would reflect on Joe Biden’s newly created disinformation division. Dale, who needed to be justified in overlooking Jen Psaki’s claim, was busy with Monday’s tweet by a GOP representative. The tweet covered a topic from the fall 2021 and used coverage from weeks back. 

Tennessee Rep. Mark Green spoke out about disinformation boards and referred parents of school-age children to the Justice Department. Dale saw that message and decided to revisit the issue. 

Here we have the elements that display the fallacy that is the media ‘’fact’’-checker. Dale uses the same tactics that verifiers use to manipulate the news articles they cover. In this instance, a verbal technicality is noted, and it becomes extrapolated into a lengthy disqualifying text–all of which is designed to negate the entirety of the story. The end result – any Republican citing said story afterward is then tagged as trafficking in misinformation. 

You have to put in some work. This blithe dismissal must be rescinded. In April, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was on Fox News and raised the topic of the DOJ labeling parents as ‘terrorists.’ We’re gonna investigate the attorney general. He went after the parents and called them terrorists because they were going to school board meetings.?”  First, there appears some validity.

McCarthy’s claim about the attorney general is just wrong. Garland did not call parents terrorists because they attended or wanted to attend school board meetings. While the National School Boards Association…sent President Joe Biden a letter in September arguing that “acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials” could be classified as “the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes” and suggesting that the Patriot Act could be used against perpetrators, Garland himself never endorsed the “domestic terrorism” language or the deployment of the Patriot Act on this subject.

Although Garland did not actually say the words, Dale can attest to the fact that Garland raised the possibility of a terrorist. We will be discussing this important point, which undermines attempts to discredit the entire story. In October of last year The Associated Press attempted to assert that the NSBA never tried to call parents at school board meetings terrorists – even as it presented the very proof that the NSBA did that very thing.

CLAIM – The National School Boards Association has asked the Biden administration for a labeling of parents protesting school policies as domestic terrorists.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Biden will not be asked by the organization to declare parents protesting at school board meeting as terrorists. The NSBA asked the administration to do an interagency investigation of threats of violence against school board members and said the threats “could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” 

Huh?! They aren’t asking to label them, they asked to investigate in order to label them…it seems…we have to guess…?

In that letter – which has since been taken down by the NSBA after issuing apologies, even though the AP says they had no reason to apologize – the national group labeled a number of non-violent examples at school board meetings across the country as qualifying as violence, and as domestic terrorism. I Here are excerpts from many entriesFrom that correspondence at the same time, they called on President Biden’s wide-ranging governmental authority to be used;DOJ, Patriot Act. Hate Crimes Act. Violent Interference with Federally Protected Rights. Conspiracy Against Rights. The US Postal Inspection Service. Even a presidential executive orders. 

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You could excuse this letter as an excessive response by one entity. It wasn’t. Just before sending out the letter, it was revealedThe NSBA maintained regular communication with the Biden administration on September 29. Emails show that the letters were sent to the Biden administration. They also indicated that some portions of it had been passed on and that they intend to request federal authority.

This has all the earmarks of the administration colluding with the NSBA – write us the letter, we’ll pass it over to the DOJ, and we’ll send in the needed authority. The public protest at parents being classified as domestic terrorists was the problem.

This does not necessarily mean that U.S. attorney general Merrick Garland called parents terrorists. However…The DOJ did respond to this letter. CNN argues that, since these words are not found in any documents, the DOJ did not recognize the claim of the NSBA.

But whatever the merits or flaws of Garland’s memo, the reality is that it simply did not say anything at all about “domestic terrorism” or the Patriot Act — much less use the word “terrorists” to describe parents who merely wanted to attend school board meetings, as McCarthy falsely claimed Garland had done.

This memorandum was from AG Merrick GarlandThis was published on Monday, Oct. 4, and was then followed upOfficial release by the DOJ This was just days after the NSBA response letter had been sent. That response letter listed several of the divisions it considered to be involved with safeguarding school board meetings. The DOJ included one surprising entry.

Understanding that Daniel Dale and the other fact-checkers insist on the fact AG Garland didn’t call parents terrorists, but here it is: his DOJ has sent domestic terror agents after the letter, alleging that domestic terrorists were parents. Garland confirmed the claim. The White House and the DOJ metThe NSBA letter was written just before the memos and official statements were published. Everyone was present and on the same page.

In the days following, a surge in public opposition led to Garland’s resignation. He was forced to admit that his parents weren’t terrorists and softened his position. Daniel Dale mentions this Garland comment, but leaves out that Nearly three weeks passed before it was made public to Congress. He was sending anti-terrorist agent. All the entities involved had previously recognized the threat of domestic terror and agreed to it.

This is what the issue with fact-checking in the media complex. This is why it takes so much effort to uncover the journalistic biases and journalistic slotsh involved in these games. And these same manipulators are comfortable with Biden forming a disinformation division – probably because they can be tabbed as experts on the matter.

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