Almost all major fact-checkers have completely ignored Karine Jean-Pierre since she took over from PSAKI

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has remained largely unscathed by the crowd of fact-checkers since taking over for Jen Psaki, with nearly all of the top fact-checkers largely unaware of the new face of the Biden administration.

Since taking office on May 13, Jean Pierre has received no fact-checking from Factcheck.org, Reuters, The Associated Press, The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler and CNN’s Daniel Dale, according to a Fox News review. Digital.

Kessler pointed Fox News Digital on Tuesday to a tweet 2021 explaining that the newspaper rarely checks the facts of politicians’ spokespersons, preferring to focus on the decision-makers themselves. None of the other sites or individuals responded to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Snopes and PolitiFact were on their own in fact-checking the new White House press secretary. PolitiFact fact-checked Jean-Pierre twice, giving her two “false” ratings, while Snopes fact-checked a claim about a past comment from her.

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre answers questions during the daily briefing at the White House on September 1, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Still, Jean-Pierre has made a number of questionable claims during his first four months on the podium.

At the end of August, Jean-Pierre claimed that illegal immigrants were not content to “cross” the southern border, although many did.

During a press briefing, Peter Doocy of Fox News noted that thousands of migrants are pouring into the country without being vaccinated or proving their vaccination status.

“But that’s not how it works,” replied Jean-Pierre.

“That’s what’s happening,” Doocy retorted. “I know that’s not what you want to happen. But it is.”

“But it’s not, it’s not like someone walks up and-” Jean-Pierre replied.

“That’s exactly what’s happening,” repeated Doocy.

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An image of Washington Post chief auditor Glen Kessler alongside the company logo.

An image of Washington Post chief auditor Glen Kessler alongside the company logo.
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Not a single fact-checking website mentioned Jean-Pierre’s comments about migrants illegally entering the United States.

The White House press secretary also came under fire in July after claiming that the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade was actually an “unconstitutional action”.

“From day one, when the Supreme Court made this extreme decision to take away a constitutional right, it was an unconstitutional action on their part,” she said.

Only PolitiFact took note of the misrepresentation.

Barely a month later, Jean-Pierre faced backlash for denying claims that the United States was in recession or “pre-recession” despite two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth.

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CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale has not written about Karine Jean-Pierre since she took over as White House press secretary in May.

CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale has not written about Karine Jean-Pierre since she took over as White House press secretary in May.
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Typically, two quarters of negative GDP growth indicate that the United States is in a recession. This is the measure traditionally used as the red line to determine if a recession exists.

At the time, Jean-Pierre said this: “So if you look at the economic indicators as the president was laying out, if you look at the labor market, right now, we see historic unemployment. If you look at unemployment low at 3.6, if you look at the average number of jobs created, it’s around 400 [thousand] per month. These indicators do not show that we are in a recession or even a pre-recession.”

No leading fact-checking site or individual has invoked this particular claim.

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Fox News’ Lindsay Kornick contributed to this report.

Virginia C. Taylor