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Douglas Andrews / September 13, 2022

Racist Media Coddles Karine Jean-Pierre

Not even her predecessor, media darling Jen Psaki, got such kid-glove treatment.

When it comes to preferential treatment, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is what we might call vaxed and triple-boosted: She’s not only a leftist; she’s also a woman, a lesbian, and a black person.

While members of the mainstream media are no doubt thrilled by this superfecta of identity-based aggrievement, it doesn’t absolve them of their duty to cover her as they would any other White House press secretary — especially if the flack in question can’t seem to answer their questions without first thumbing through a binder of meticulously approved talking points.

But they’ll come around any minute, right? Right.

“Since starting her position on May 13,” reports Fox News, “Jean Pierre has received no fact-checks from Factcheck.org, Reuters, The Associated Press, The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, and CNN’s Daniel Dale. … Snopes and PolitiFact stood alone in their sparse fact-checking regarding the new White House press secretary. PolitiFact has fact-checked Jean-Pierre twice, awarding her two "false” ratings, while Snopes fact-checked a claim about a past comment by her.“

Strange, but we don’t seem to recall Big Fact-Check having extended the same professional courtesies to, say, Donald Trump’s press secretaries, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kayleigh McEnany. Indeed, the Leftmedia’s arbiters of "truth” were racing for their bullhorns and tripping over themselves to “fact-check” Trump’s spokespersons.

Here, for example, is CNN’s headline from May 1, 2020, McEnany’s very first day as press secretary. “Fact check: New White House press secretary makes false claims in first briefing.”

“At the first official briefing by a White House press secretary in 417 days, Kayleigh McEnany promised journalists, ‘I will never lie to you.’” So began the CNN story, which went on to claim that McEnany “proceeded to say a bunch of things that weren’t true,” before helpfully supplying the Left’s nit-picky version of various truths.

So why the reluctance to fact-check Joe Biden’s press secretary? It’d be one thing if KJP was burning it up; if she was on top of her game, on top of the issues, on top of the facts that pertained to them. But she isn’t. Not even close. To watch a KJP press briefing — even in front of such a reflexively and disgracefully docile gaggle of journos — is to watch a LeBron James TED Talk on particle physics. It’s like watching Forrest Gump hold forth on geopolitics, but without the folksy wisdom. Stupid is as stupid does, and all that. Much as she tries to fake it, Jean-Pierre is in way over her head. She’s a quota hire, shoved cynically into the spotlight by a Biden administration more concerned with breaking down imaginary barriers than selecting the best person for the job.

Let’s face it: Practically every word out of Jean-Pierre’s mouth is a lie, including “and,” “but,” and “b-but but.”

It was just a week ago, in fact, when KJP told a whopper about how illegal immigrants aren’t just “walking across” the southern border, which of course is exactly what they’ve been doing during Biden’s 19 disastrous months in office.

And it was in July when she said this about the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade: “From day one, when the Supreme Court made this extreme decision to take away a constitutional right, it was an unconstitutional action by them.”

Can we get a fact-check on Aisle 46? As Fox News notes, only PolitiFact called her out on that ridiculous falsehood.

But perhaps most ridiculous of all have been two Jean-Pierre howlers that both pushed the envelope of economic illiteracy: the one in which she tried to deny the near-universally understood definition of a recession, which is two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, and the other in which she tried to convince us that Scranton Joe had reduced inflation to zero.

All of this prompts a question: Why are the mainstream media’s fact-fetishists failing to call out Jean-Pierre’s obvious and glaring looseness with truthiness?

If we didn’t know better, we’d say it had something to do with what George W. Bush rightly termed “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”

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