[29] The app was created by his son, Hugo Kessler. Michelle Ye Hee Lee is an American journalist who covers money and influence in American politics for The Washington Post. [1], Kessler is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy. We have created a browser extension. Kessler joined The Washington Post in 1998 as the national business editor and later served as economic policy reporter. [45], Because of the Trump database, Kessler and the Fact Checker Team were nominated in 2020 by the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University for inclusion in a list of the Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade. [42][43][44] "Kessler is doing the poet’s work. Commentators and fact-checkers have described this as "unprecedented" in American politics, and the consistency of these falsehoods has become a distinctive part of both his business and political identity. ", "Foreign Policy magazine – Passport blog 29 April 2008 – Syria nuke disclosure: why now? "Roger Cohen, "Trump's Nemesis in the Age of Pinocchio, "Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade: Nominees", "Fact checkers have a Medicare-for-all problem", "Jake Tapper's Faulty Medicare for All Fact-Check", "The Washington Post Keeps Publishing False Claims About Medicare for All", "Democrats seize on cherry-picked claim that 'Medicare-for-all' would save $2 trillion", "Did conservative study show big savings for Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan? [40] In response to reader requests, Kessler decided to keep it going for Trump's first year and then his entire presidency. [46], In August 2018, Kessler came under fire for his coverage of a Mercatus Center study on the perceived costs of Senator Bernie Sanders's Medicare for All plan. "Fact-checking Donald Trump is like playing checkers, with somebody who’s not very good at it. [32], Kessler appeared in a segment of The Daily Show about fact-checking Trump. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, School of International and Public Affairs, "The New York Times 25 November 2007 – The Enabler By Anthony Lewis", "The Washington Post 13 February 2007 – Journalists Testify That Libby Never Mentioned CIA Officer", "The Washington Post 12 November 2005 – Media Tangled in Lobbyist Case", "The Atlantic Monthly June 2007 – Grand Illusions", "The Washington Post 13 September 2007 – N. Korea, Syria May Be at Work on Nuclear Facility", "Foreign Policy magazine – Passport blog 14 September 2007 – North Korea-Syria nuclear ties: deja vu all over again? [49] Kessler did not change his Three-Pinocchio rating[50] and his findings were affirmed by other fact-checking organizations, including PolitiFact,[51] FactCheck.org[52] and the Associated Press.[53]. Media scholar Dr. Nolan Higdon has offered a more broad definition of fake news as “false or misleading content presented as news and communicated in formats spanning spoken, written, printed, electronic, and digital communication." [11] He traveled with three different Secretaries of State – Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton – and for several years wrote a blog about his experiences on those trips. ", "Foreign Policy magazine – Passport blog 29 April 2008 – Syria nuke disclosure: why now? Kessler is a 1981 graduate of Brown University and received a Masters of International Affairs in 1983 from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) is an anti-immigration think tank. According to the website of the Cambridge English Dictionary, the term fake news "is frequently used to describe a political story which is seen as damaging to an agency, entity, or person. [21], A columnist for The Wall Street Journal attacked the whole idea of awarding Pinocchios as akin to movie-reviewing, saying "the ‘fact check’ is opinion journalism or criticism, masquerading as straight news." "[45], Because of the Trump database, Kessler and the Fact Checker Team were nominated in 2020 by the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University for inclusion in a list of the Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade. Seven of his books have appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list. The database has drawn nationwide attention and been the subject of research by academicians. The federal government recorded the call and made it the centerpiece of its 2005 indictment of Rosen and an alleged co-conspirator; the charges were dropped in 2009. "Even though it was a newsletter for only a few blocks in the neighborhood, I grandly called it the 'Cincinnati Fact,'" he said. [8] He was immediately attacked for spreading neoconservative propaganda[9] but his reporting turned out to be correct and apologies were later offered. His facts are so easily disproved there’s no joy in hunt. [32], Kessler appeared in a segment of The Daily Show about fact-checking Trump. Kessler also was a reporter with Newsday for eleven years, covering the White House, politics, the United States Congress, airline safety and Wall Street. The Washington Post on April 22, 2020 announced[55] that Kessler and his team had written a book, "Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth: The President's Falsehoods, Misleading Claims and Flat-Out Lies," to be published June 2 by Scribner. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, School of International and Public Affairs, "The New York Times 25 November 2007 – The Enabler By Anthony Lewis", "The Washington Post 13 February 2007 – Journalists Testify That Libby Never Mentioned CIA Officer", "The Washington Post 12 November 2005 – Media Tangled in Lobbyist Case", "The Atlantic Monthly June 2007 – Grand Illusions", "The Washington Post 13 September 2007 – N. Korea, Syria May Be at Work on Nuclear Facility", "Foreign Policy magazine – Passport blog 14 September 2007 – North Korea-Syria nuclear ties: deja vu all over again? ", "Foreign Policy magazine – Passport blog 29 April 2008 – Syria nuke disclosure: why now? [16] If the statement is truthful, the person will get a rare "Geppetto." Dale was hired in June 2019 as a CNN reporter based in Washington. The app was updated with a new design for iOS 7 in the fall of 2013. "[33], Kessler was instrumental[34] in convincing Google to begin elevating fact checks in its search results, after pitching a Google executive on the idea "over a couple of Spanish espressos" during a conference in Valencia, Spain. "Q&A: Glenn Kessler, "The Fact Checker" Columnist, Glenn Kessler's "The Fact Checker" column, Washington Post articles by Glenn Kessler, National Association for Media Literacy Education's Media Literate Media award (2015) – received the award, which honors achieves in media literacy education or media literacy, for his work on "The Fact Checker. It’s pretty boring. Kessler lives in McLean, Virginia, with his wife, Cynthia Rich. [27] The Democratic National Committee released a statement denouncing "Kessler’s hyperbolic, over the top fact check of the DNC’s assertion that Mitt Romney supports private Social Security accounts." [60] He was born in Cincinnati, where his father, Adriaan Kessler, was an executive at Procter & Gamble, and he attended high school there and in Lexington, Kentucky. Fact-checking can be conducted before or after the text is published or otherwise disseminated. "[45], Because of the Trump database, Kessler and the Fact Checker Team were nominated in 2020 by the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University for inclusion in a list of the Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade. [61] Both of his parents were Dutch, and immigrated to the United States after marriage. It was founded by now Fox News host Tucker Carlson and political pundit Neil Patel in 2010. A Republican, Trump was a businessman and reality television personality from New York City at the time of his 2016 presidential election victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. "[26] The Obama White House issued a statement titled "Fact Checking the Fact Checker" after Kessler gave Obama Three Pinocchios for statements he made on the auto industry bailout. [33], Kessler was instrumental [34] in convincing Google to begin elevating fact checks in its search results, after pitching a Google executive on the idea "over a couple of Spanish espressos" during a conference in Valencia, Spain. "[25], The liberal blog Talking Points Memo took Kessler to task for giving Four Pinocchios to a Democratic web petition on Medicare, saying the errors he allegedly made "were not just small misses, but big belly flop misses. "[23] Kessler's awarding of Four Pinocchios to GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain for comments he made on Margaret Sanger and the founding of Planned Parenthood was also criticized by opponents of abortion. Kessler noted on Twitter[54] that he had awarded Four Pinocchios to the two people who had signed the declaration: Gov. [40] In response to reader requests, Kessler decided to keep it going for Trump's first year and then his entire presidency.

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