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WTF MSM!? The Washington Post’s gun fact-checks are surprisingly spot on and deserve our praise

Surprising but welcome …

This propaganda didn’t stand up … Since the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, the Washington Post fact-checkers have been busy and factual. I’ve spent a lot of time arguing that fact-checkers often use the opinion of so-called experts as fact. I’ve been hard on the industry. That’s why it is important to make note when they get things right, especially in regards to hot-button items. In the wake of the shooting Michael Bloomberg’s non-profit organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, falsely claimed that there had already been 18 school shootings in the first month and a half of 2018. That statistic, which was picked up by politicians and the media, is flatly wrong. The Post detailed why this is so. They deserve praise for getting this right.

Flashback to 2015 … In December 2015, in the wake of the San Bernardino jihadi attack, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said:

None of the major shootings that have occurred in this country over the last few months or years that have outraged us, would gun laws have prevented them.

At the time, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler gave Rubio’s statement what is termed the rare “Geppetto Checkmark.” This means the comment was unassailably true. Kessler went through a list of recent shootings and found that many current gun laws had been broken or skirted.

A welcome development … Much has been made of the liberal slant of participants in Facebook’s fact-check program. That is why the news that The Daily Caller’s “Check Your Fact” fact-check site is a welcome addition. As The Daily Signal reports, this site is “one of only two conservative media organizations journalism’s Poynter Institute lists as reliable fact-checking publications of Facebook’s 46, the other being The Weekly Standard’s Fact Check.” The inclusion of this site is a welcome development and is a step in the right direction for both Poynter and Facebook.

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