The Associated Press has chosen to dive in headlong to the fact-checking end of the pool, churning out a piece daily that exposes fake news. Sure, some days the AP tackles viral stories, such as the man who lost his testicles in an explosion while trying to make a scuba bong, but most are political in nature and focus on the Trump White House.
Surprisingly, President Trump came out on top in an AP fact-check Monday, which found that Judge James Robart’s claim that no foreign nationals from the seven majority-Muslim nations named in Trump’s executive order had been arrested since 9/11 was incorrect, and that the president therefore had “no support” for his travel ban.
— David Beard (@dabeard) February 6, 2017
Oops. Turns out there have been dozens of terror-related convictions–not just arrests–from the 7 countries. https://t.co/QPnK8pepGH
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 6, 2017
The Washington Examiner’s Byron York also corrected the judge in a piece Monday.
Last summer, [the Justice Department provided] the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest … with a list of 580 people who were convicted — not just arrested, but tried and convicted — of terror-related offenses between Sept. 11, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2014.
The subcommittee investigated further and found that at least 380 of the 580 were foreign-born and that an additional 129 were of unknown origin. Of the 380, there were representatives — at least 60 — from all of the countries on the Trump executive order list. And with 129 unknowns, there might be more, as well.
That’s quite a few more than “none, as best I can tell.”
— Leon (@LeonGoudikian) February 6, 2017
We’d read tweets from a few well respected celebrities that clearly explained Trump’s “Muslim ban” was developed based on which countries housed Trump real estate developments and which didn’t. That’s not correct, then?
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