So-called fact-checkers are avoiding fact-checking White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s claims, despite grilling the former White House press secretaries.
Only a couple of websites fact-checked Jean-Pierre in the first four months of her tenure, in which she made many false claims.
Fact-Checking Giants Not Scrutinizing Jean-Pierre
No major fact-checking websites, including factcheck.org, The Washington Post, Reuters, and the Associated Press, have tried to fact-check Jean-Pierre to date.
As Fox News contacted different fact-checkers about their denial to authenticate Jean-Pierre, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler noted the media outlet is majorly focused on fact-checking policymakers; so, it does not validate spokespersons of politicians.
No other so-called fact-checker responded to Fox News’s queries.
Remember when entire newsrooms were dedicated to fact-checking every claim from Trump officials?
"Since starting her position, Jean Pierre has received no fact-checks from Reuters, AP, The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, and CNN’s Daniel Dale…"https://t.co/Qy7b4fy2zI
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) September 13, 2022
Only PolitiFact and Snopes fact-checked Jean-Pierre. PolitiFact already awarded two “false ratings” to the press secretary, but other fact-checkers are still reluctant to verify her claims.
Since taking the oath of office in May, Jean Pierre has made several false claims.
In late August, Jean-Pierre claimed illegal immigrants do not walk across the United States’ southern border, even though illegal immigration has broken all previous records under the Biden administration.
Many border officials have slammed Jean-Pierre for her ignorance about the border crisis, but still, no fact-checker has even tried to verify her remarks.
Likewise, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked the press secretary why illegal immigrants are allowed to enter America unvaccinated when people coming legally have to be vaccinated.
Jean-Pierre accused Doocy of lying, even though unvaccinated people are entering the United States on a daily basis. Not a single fact-checker has verified Jean-Pierre’s controversial comments about illegal immigration.
Media outlets and their fact-checkers are not doing their job anymore unless their role is working for the state. Karine Jean-Pierre has been given a total pass. She can say whatever she wants, and they do not fact-check her. https://t.co/mTQdKTGTeK
— Sir Eric (@ejswensson) September 13, 2022
Fact-Checkers Consistently Slammed Trump’s White House
Furthermore, Jean-Pierre previously established the Supreme Court’s action to limit abortion access under Roe v. Wade case is an unconstitutional measure. Only PolitiFact fact-checked Pierre’s abortion claims and labeled them as false.
In addition to that, Jean-Pierre made controversial remarks about the health of the US economy. She refused to acknowledge the economy was in a recession, even after the second consecutive quarter of negative GDP growth.
As two-quarters of negative GDP rates indicate an economic recession in the United States, many economists thought the White House might acknowledge the arrival of recession.
Whereas neither Biden nor her press secretary acknowledged the economic downturn and fact-checkers avoided waving the red flag on the situation.
Contrary to Jean-Pierre, many media outlets consistently fact-checked former White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
Likewise, Kayleigh McEnany, who served as a press secretary in Trump’s White House, also faced continuous scrutiny by liberal media outlets.
Factcheck.org still maintains the archives of Psaki and McEnany’s fact checks, but the network is refusing to fact-check the incumbent secretary.
During the Trump administration, fact-checking websites were too active, as they denounced nearly every claim of Trump’s White House.
Initially, fact-checking giants grilled McEnany for Trump’s COVID response, while they switched the focus on denouncing Trump’s claims about election fraud after the 2020 presidential election.