A “fact check” by the Washington Post of a recent tweet by Donald Trump on Amazon and the United States Postal Service has come under fire by the editor of National Journal.

First up, here’s the tweet that started it:

Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s “fact checker” then responded with this “Three Pinocchios” review:

Kessler’s conclusion:

Amazon’s tax strategies have rankled the president, but you would know this only from his tweets and comments because the tax bill he signed in 2017 gives the online retailer a $789 million windfall.

Trump says Amazon pays “little or no taxes” to state and local governments, but the facts say otherwise. The online retail giant clearly leverages many tools to keep the taxman at bay. That doesn’t erase its state and local tax bills. These are larger than Trump allows.

The president says the United States loses money because Amazon relies on the Postal Service for the last leg of its package deliveries. The Postal Service reported a net loss in 2017, and it does offer Amazon cut rates. But that’s not the whole story. In fact, e-commerce deliveries are one of the post office’s few thriving lines of business.

Amazon is one of the biggest companies in the world, and its financials are fair game for critics, but Trump’s distortions don’t add up and are worthy of Three Pinocchios.

But not so fast…

Here’s National Journal editor Ben Pershing calling out Kessler as the agreement between the USPS and Amazon is secret, making it impossible to rule on this one way or the other:

This is a problem for every fact check, too:

He’s right. Time for some corrections, media.

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