NPR Takes Heat on Twitter for Hitting Trump with a ‘Fact Check’ After He Applauded Women in Congress

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As President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address, some reporters were eager to check his facts as he delivered the speech, but many felt a fact check from NPR was too eager.

During his speech, President Trump congratulated the congresswomen and female senators for being a part of the largest class of female legislators in Congress. In one of the largest applauses of the night, almost every member in the chamber was on their feet clapping for the historical achievement acknowledged by the president.

The moment was especially unifying because most of the women in Congress are members of the Democratic Party. The congresswomen, dressed in white as an ode to the suffragettes, were all celebrating Trump’s remarks.

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The president even knew it was a unifying comment, prefacing it with, “Don’t sit yet, you’re going to like this.”

Despite the moment being one of the most unifying and uplifting of the evening, NPR still chose to fact check his statement.

Many, from both sides of the political spectrum, found this fact check to be petty and unnecessary. Others just mocked the fact check by comparing other irrelevant situations.

Some were more frustrated with the irrelevant fact check than others. Fox News’ Laura Ingraham claimed it was “purposeful lying” while the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., took that one step further.

Other reporters, like Selena Zito of the Washington Examiner, feared that these misleading fact checks perpetuate the distrust many Americans feel toward the media.

Despite NPR’s unnecessary fact checking, the president’s speech was well received. As IJR previously reported, a poll from CBS News found that 76 percent of Americans approved of the address.

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WellHungChad
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Fact Check: To impede the progress of the truth.
NPR: Nitwit’s Propaganda Radio

John Thomas Harrington
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That is funny I thought they wore white in ode to the KKK. Wouldn’t the democrats deem wearing all white racist if a Republican did that?

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