As Twitchy reported earlier, President Joe Biden was in Massachusetts Wednesday talking about our climate emergency. Biden said that his mother using windshield wipers to “get literally the oil slick off the window” of their car is “why I and so damn many other people have cancer.” Since this is Biden we’re talking about, the fact-checkers ran toward the fire, with the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler saying within the hour that RNC Research was being misleading (by quoting the president verbatim). “Before he became president, he’d had non-melanoma skin cancers removed,” Kessler noted. This, however, didn’t explain Biden saying “I have cancer” or how one gets skin cancer from oil.

Kessler’s fact-check was a pretty pitiful excuse to cover for the president, so it’s no surprise that Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates retweeted it.

The White House communications staff knows that the Washington Post has their backs.