Washington Submit “reality checker” Glenn Kessler drew quite a lot of hearth for digging deeply into the household historical past of Sen. Tim Scott to recommend his life story was exaggerated. On Sunday evening’s All Issues Thought-about, NPR weekend host Michel Martin devoted greater than eight minutes of air time to letting Kessler defend himself, as liberal journalists stick up for liberal journalists and dismiss criticism as misplaced.
The NPR.org headline was “Journalist Digs Into Sen. Tim Scott’s ‘Tidy’ Origin Story After Comments On Racism.” Martin even stated Kessler probed Scott’s “so-called origin story.”
This was essentially the most pointed point out of Kessler’s critics, however Martin rapidly added her befuddlement:
MARTIN: The previous South Carolina governor, the previous U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, known as the piece shameful. She stated on Twitter, when minorities refuse to be victims, disagree with liberal speaking factors and suppose for ourselves, the media shames us and questions our credibility. However Bakari Sellers, a Democrat, a former South Carolina legislator — and many individuals in all probability see him as a political commentator on CNN — additionally tweeted, you realize, who thought this was a good suggestion?
What do you make of that? Like, why would that be thought-about surprising or shameful or, you realize, upsetting? I imply, these family tree reveals, that are fairly in style, typically do the exact same factor, and other people discover issues out that they didn’t know.
Martin could not grasp our point that the Washington Submit did not have the identical degree of curiosity in fact-checking the life story of Barack Obama, as we have lengthy identified. Kessler drew criticism from each events, however he shamelessly advised NPR listeners it is “simply politics.”
Effectively, you realize, I believe quite a lot of that is simply politics. I imply, the phrase racist, which appeared in quite a lot of right-wing publications, it appears to be supposed to make a reporter suppose twice about conducting an in depth examination of Senator Scott or his background. We examine the backgrounds of white politicians on a regular basis. And definitely somebody who’s a possible candidate for president or vice chairman ought to count on a excessive diploma of scrutiny.
Whoa, wait: Did Tim Scott announce he was a possible candidate for president? Right here once more, Martin failed to think about how tender Kessler has gone on Elizabeth Warren or Hillary Clinton once they have been clearly operating for president. He was so tender on the Biden marketing campaign he ran a narrative headlined “Hunter Biden’s alleged laptop.” Martin did not ask about Kessler’s group quitting any attempt to keep a database on Biden’s false or deceptive statements.
Kessler’s excuse about how “potential candidates” for nationwide workplace ought to count on a “excessive diploma of scrutiny” ought to pressure journalists to ask whether or not the scrutiny is definitely equally utilized. Are all potential candidates held equally accountable? In fact not. Kessler is Exhibit A.