Today, Glenn Kessler, “Fact Checker” for the Washington Post wrote an article entitled, “Donald Trump’s revisionist history of mocking a disabled reporter.” So right from the beginning you can see he intended to be completely fair and balanced. No, instead he repeated the same old party line on this story, gave Trump “4 Pinocchios” and moved on. Fortunately for you, we are here to hold him and the rest of the media accountable every step of the way.
The first thing to notice about the WaPo “Fact Check” is that it does not once show video of Serge Kovaleski, the disabled NewYork Times reporter. Instead, WaPo only shows you video footage of Trump impersonating a flustered reporter who Trump claims is trying to backtrack from his 2001 reporting. Note carefully what WaPo’s “Fact Checker” states about the video (emphasis added):
Here, below, is a video of Trump speaking about Kovaleski on Nov. 24. Note that Trump first says the article was “written by a nice reporter.” (Kovaleski is indeed nice.) Then he goes on to mock him, jerking his arms in front of his body…
Then WaPo shows one of the same old still shots of Kovaleski and his disabled right arm, with an explanation that, “the reporter has arthrogryposis, which visibly limits the functioning of his joints.”
What WaPo does NOT tell you is that “jerking his arms in front of his body” is NOT a symptom of arthrogryposis. What WaPo does NOT show you is video footage of Kovaleski that proves Kovaleski does not suffer from the very symptoms it claims Trump is “mocking.” See the video below:
WaPo even makes the stunning admission that:
We’ve checked the records and Kovaleski conducted no on-camera interviews at the time. He simply gave the same statement to every news organization, including The Fact Checker…
Hmmm… isn’t that curious! I wonder why Kovaleski conducted NO ON-CAMERA interviews after Trump did his impersonation when the story was all over the television non-stop? Shouldn’t the media have been chomping at the bit to get Kovaleski in front of their cameras to embarrass Trump and prove to the world Trump was clearly mocking his disability?
If the media had a legitimate story, that is exactly what they would have done and we all know it. But the media couldn’t put Kovaleski in front of a camera or they’d have no story. Kovaleski was disabled but his disability was nothing like Trump impersonated. BUT, if they showed video of Trump labeled “Trump Mocks Disabled Reporter,” then put up a still shot of Kovaleski, they knew you, the viewer, would assume Kovaleski’s disability must make his arms move without control. Then you’d naturally assume Trump is despicable and not vote for him. Thus, to this day, the media ONLY shows still shots of Kovaleski when constantly smearing Trump with this story. This, even though video of Kovaleski is only a few clicks away on Google.
What WaPo’s “Fact Checker” ALSO doesn’t bother to tell you is that Trump went “jerking his arms in front of his body” when he impersonated a flustered General later at the very same rally. In addition, Trump was “jerking his arms in front of his body” when he impersonated Ted Cruz. Are the General and ted Cruz also disabled? In other words, this is simply how Trump impersonates someone who can’t answer a question. See the video below:
In addition to not doing his homework, hiding evidence exonerating trump, and being horribly biased, the WaPo “Fact Checker” also has a stunning logical analysis proving Trump mocked Kovaleski’s disability. Just look at the Perry Mason type argument he makes throughout the piece:
Here, below, is a video of Trump speaking about Kovaleski on Nov. 24. …he goes on to mock him, jerking his arms in front of his body..
Trump now suggests he was just imitating a grovel, but that’s not what he was actually doing.
Instead, Trump is clearly imitating Kovaleski’s disability — the reporter has arthrogryposis, which visibly limits the functioning of his joints.
“All of a sudden, I get reports that I was imitating a reporter who was handicapped. I would never do that.”
Actually, he clearly did, protestations notwithstanding….
…But, as the evidence shows, Trump clearly mocked Kovaleski…
Wow! So apparently all one needs to do to “fact check” this story for WaPo is to put up a video of Trump impersonating flustered reporter, show a still photo of said reporter with a bent right hand stating he has a disability, ignore all easily obtained evidence that contradicts you, and then repeatedly claim Trump was “clearly” mocking the reporter’s disability. Be sure to repeat the word “clearly” often just as the crowd said “Clearly the emperor has clothes.”
In the end, we give WaPo’s “Fact Checker” Four Hillarys for this pathetic biased attempt at objective fact checking which is nothing more than the same old decent and hiding of the ball that the media used to sell this hit job in the first place. Lucky for us, they aren’t going to get away with it this time.