Regardless of whether the President was more reserved and read from a teleprompter isn’t the “more presidential” Trump supposed to stop lying?

According to the Independent fact check, “almost every big claim he made in his Joint Address to Congress was false.”

And this site lists all the biggest lies:

I find it interesting that ABC, CBS, CNN used terms like “what he said” and “what we know,” or hedged with “somewhat false” or “true but misleading.” and the Washington Post just rambled on for multiple paragraphs without clearly rating each statement as true or false. But they do occasionally use the “Four-Pinocchio” term with a link.

For context, let’s compare the factual basis of two claims from two different presidents.

President Obama claimed that with the ACA, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” Fact Check reported that the number of people whose plans were eliminated because they didn’t meet the law’s coverage standards was between 2.3 and 3.3 million people, so less than 3% of the insured population was affected. Furthermore, a study reported that only 1% of the people with canceled policies would pay more for a health insurance that is clearly better than what they had before. Obama’s claim was true for over 97% of the insured population, and of the affected people, only 1% had to pay more for a better policy. And yet Politifact called this claim the 2013 “Lie of the Year.”

Tonight, Trump made the claim “We have cleared the way for the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines — thereby creating tens of thousands of jobs — and I’ve issued a new directive that new American pipelines be made with American steel.”

A report from the State Department in 2014 estimated the Keystone pipeline project — through direct and indirect spending — could result in over 40,000 jobs which will mostly be four or eight months long. According to the Washington Post, only 5600–8200 workers would be hired by three states to do the construction, and the average length of those jobs would be just 19 1/2 weeks. The report says the pipeline’s construction will likely lead to about 35 permanent, full-time jobs.

When people think about jobs, they are not hoping to get work that lasts four or eight months long. They are thinking about permanent jobs. Trump implied tens of thousands of jobs, but the report indicates only 35 will be permanent. If you do the math, using 8200 temporary construction jobs, Trump’s implied claim is 99.57% false, but the mainstream media labels it “true but misleading.”

I wonder what that means. Is the mainstream media already losing what little spine it had for the last few weeks?

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