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'Fact Checking' Schumer and Pelosi

Last night, President Trump addressed the nation regarding a crisis at America’s southern border. Some news outlets debated whether or not they would air Trump’s address at all. And, predictably, this morning’s headlines were littered with “fact checks” on the President’s speech. But, as has been the case at least since the 2012 election, articles that claim to check for correct facts are mostly checking for correct opinions. A typical article from the Washington Post demonstrates how mainstream media outlets spin facts into “falsehoods.” After Trump claimed that 300 Americans were killed by heroin per week and that 90% of it comes from Mexico, the article responded this way:

“In 2017, more than 15,000 people died of drug overdoses involving heroin in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That works out to about 300 a week. But while 90 percent of the heroin sold in the United States comes from Mexico, virtually all of it comes through legal points of entry. ‘A small percentage of all heroin seized by [Customs and Border Protection] along the land border was between Ports of Entry (POE’s),’ the Drug Enforcement Adminstration said in a 2018 report. So Trump’s wall would do little to halt drug trafficking.”

This is not a “fact ch