Truth-checkers got here operating to President Biden’s protection once more. In Sunday’s Washington Submit, “Truth Checker” Glenn Kessler wrote an article headlined “Biden’s declare that his ‘nice grand-pop’ was a coal miner largely pans out.”

However in the event you learn the precise article…it does not pan out. 

Kessler admits that Biden’s nice grandfather Edward Blewitt was a mining engineer and a politician, not a blue-collar miner. However his selection of opening quotes contains contempt for the query at hand: 

“My dad used to say, ‘Joey…’ — and I swear to God, when he left Scranton, when the coal died — my dad was not a — he was — he was a salesman; he wasn’t a coal miner. My great-grandpop was.” — President Biden, remarks in Dearborn, Mich., Might 18, 2021

“Maureen, we’re within the greatest constitutional battle in fifty years, and also you need to know whether or not Biden’s great-grandfather was a coal miner?” — Marketing campaign aide Tom Donilon, quoted speaking to Maureen Dowd of the New York Occasions, in Richard Ben Cramer’s ebook What It Takes (1992)

Cramer’s huge doorstop of a ebook was concerning the 1988 marketing campaign, and Biden dropped out in 1987 after mendacity about his household historical past and plagiarizing speeches. However Kessler the Truth Checker gave equal billing to Biden’s lies on this topic along with his aide Tom Donilon scolding a reporter for caring about…the info. (His brother Mike Donilon is President Biden’s chief adviser at this time.)

Final month, Kessler ripped into Republican Sen. Tim Scott for making his ancestors sound poorer than they have been. Sen. Scott mentioned his grandfather was “compelled out of faculty as a third-grader to choose cotton, and by no means realized to learn or write. … Our household went from cotton to Congress in a single lifetime.” That was true. However Kessler dug again one other technology to scold Scott: “Our analysis reveals a extra complicated story than what Scott tells audiences. Scott’s grandfather’s father was additionally a considerable landowner.”

He concluded “Scott tells a tidy story packaged for political consumption, however an in depth look reveals how a few of his household’s early and unbelievable success will get flattened and written out of his biography.”

That elastic Scott “reality test” led readers to ask Kessler to research Biden’s “nice grandpop” line. The “largely pans out” factor doesn’t suggest Biden did not lie simply now. It means Kessler dug into the recordsdata on protection. “It seems we will discover different examples of Biden making this identical level…however with Biden accurately saying Edward Blewitt was a mining engineer, not a coal miner.”

He concluded “Furthermore, Biden’s great-great grandfather was a mining inspector — one of many first in that a part of Pennsylvania. So Biden shouldn’t be incorrect to recommend his household background contains involvement in mines.” [Italics mine.]

Discover how slippery these “reality checkers” get after they defend Democrat exaggerations. There is no “Biden tells a tidy story packaged for political consumption, however……..”