The Associated Press is one of the largest purveyors of disinformation on Twitter. They simply repeat what Trump and other liars say, without any critical debunking of their lies. It’s not a stretch to say that the AP practices the opposite of journalism on Twitter, and last night’s “fact-check” sounded like it was written by Trump’s terrible speechwriter, Stephen Miller (side note: since it’s en vogue to critique fact-checkers now, check out our piece from September recapping how Jake Tapper, CNN and the other serious fact-checkers keep getting their “fact checks” wrong on Medicare for All by simply repeating Koch Brothers propaganda).
Instead of accepting blame for their mistake and correcting it, the AP dug in, because the seminal feature across all Very Serious Media is to never admit that you made a mistake because you're far too serious to ever screw up, and anyone who finds anything wrong with your journalistic product is a partisan hack.
Both-sidesism is functionally a brain disease. Twitter had a lot to say about this patently absurd and anti-journalistic “fact-check” spat out by the AP, and here are some of the best tweets lampooning the AP's journalistic inadequacy.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.