|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on April 23, 2021 at 3:40 PM|
Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post's lead "fact-checker," published a hit piece on Sen. Tim Scott on Friday, criticizing him for his black heritage.
Kessler spent nearly 30 paragraphs analyzing census documents and other records under the guise of a "fact-check" to try to refute Scott's claims that his grandfather dropped out of elementary school to pick cotton and "never learned to read or write."
While the article aims to disprove Scott's claims, it simply confirms the narrative that the senator has repeated in his book and on the campaign trail. While Scott thought his grandfather, Artis Ware, dropped out in third grade, Kessler claimed to have discovered that Ware may have dropped out in fourth grade, a minor inconsistency that even Kessler admitted could occur because the records are old.
Despite the minor difference in his grandfather's age when he left school, Kessler ignored the fact that Ware worked "55 hours a week" in cotton fields as a child in order to criticize Scott for "political consumption" of his family history.
According to his 1942 World War II draft registration card and home mortgages obtained in 1998 and 2007, Artis appears to have been able to sign his name, which Kessler noted could be used as evidence in direct contrast to Scott's claims that Artis "never learned to read or write."
Not only did Kessler frame the phony fact-check to imply that Scott inherited a privileged upbringing because his family bought land rather than sharecropping, but he also admitted at the end of the piece that the corporate outlet would not give the Republican's claims the usual Pinnochio rating.
Scott is most likely not relying on "detailed examination of records," according to Kessler, but on his own memories of his grandfather:
Scott tells a tidy story packaged for political consumption, but a close look shows how some of his family’s early and improbable success gets flattened and written out of his biography. Against heavy odds, Scott’s ancestors amassed relatively large areas of farmland, a mark of distinction in the Black community at the time. Scott, moreover, does not mention that his grandfather worked on his father’s farm — a farm that was expanded through land acquisitions even during the Great Depression, when many other Black farmers were forced out of business.
Kessler's propagandistic article, which clearly targeted Scott, was mocked by critics. Some speculated that the attack was racist in nature.
The WaPo's "fact check" comes on the heels of news that Scott will deliver the GOP response to President Joe Biden's congressional address, which will focus on "working Americans."
As noted before, it seems most of the racist comments comes from the so called liberals and the Democratic Party.