Subsequent to our discussion about the ABC wanting to collaborate on a fact-checking unit, here's NYT's latest attempt at a 'fact-check'. Bolded are Trump's claims, and in italics below are NYT's 'facts'.
Mr. Trump claimed that Americans are optimistic about the future.
In the immediate aftermath of Mr. Trump’s election, the majority of voters expressed optimism about the next four years in several respected polls.
(of course not to mention the share market at record highs...).
Mr. Trump extolled an increase in jobs.
The economy added 227,000 jobs in January 2017, a healthy but less than record increase
Mr. Trump alluded to high crime in Chicago and the country at large.
Chicago did experience a surge in homicides last year,
These are 3 of the 4 items the NYT thought Trump needed to be pulled up on. This is just ridiculous nitpicking.
Trump claimed Americans are optimistic. So did Obama when he offered 'hope'. It's sales puffery. It's basic political campaigning. The NYT admits that some polls have shown as much since the election.
Trump claimed he had brought back jobs to the US. Apart from the individual deals we know about, the NYT gives us the job data which backs this up.
Trump alluded to high crime in Chicago. The facts? A surge in homicides.
Now, there's two ways of viewing this. One person, like matlock, views this as a vital public service. The other side, like myself, who has a nose for bullshit, sees it as an attempt to paint Trump as a serial liar that must be fact-checked at every instance.
Setting up a fact-checking unit for one politician and fact-checking to a ridiculous obsessive degree basic spoken statements, is bias.