"I have a strong dislike of the current fashion among American's decrepit and unreadable newspapers for "fact-checker" columns, because the practice attempts to cloak run-of-the-mill hacks in an aura of dispassionate authority that they do not, in fact, possess.
Case in point: The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler, who has awarded "four Pinocchios" to Donald Trump, for claiming to recall seeing "thousands" of Jersey City Muslims celebrating on September 11th 2001. Mr Kessler wrote:
"Trump says that he saw this with his own eyes on television and that it was well covered. But an extensive examination of news clips from that period turns up nothing. There were some reports of celebrations overseas, in Muslim countries, but nothing that we can find involving the Arab populations of New Jersey."
Kessler has spent the day re-writing and re-re-writing that confident assertion. As of now, that last sentence currently reads:
"There were some reports of celebrations overseas, in Muslim countries, but nothing that we can find involving the Arab populations of New Jersey except for unconfirmed reports."...
Added: Jersey City facts aren't 'hate,' they're just Jersey City facts. 1993 World Trade Center bomb materials were assembled at Jersey City, NJ. locations. Three bombers shared a Jersey City apartment. Five weeks before 911, a fed. appeals panel upheld sentences of 4 men convicted of 1993 bombing