Taking Trump both literally and seriously . . .
While the Washington Post didn’t seem very concerned about the eight years of disinformation oozing from the Obama White House and its online surrogates, they are so obsessed with President-elect Trump that they’ve created a Google Chrome browser extension to fact check Trump’s tweets.
We made a tool that slips a bit more context into Trump’s tweets. It’s still in the early stages, but our goal is to provide additional context where needed for Trump’s tweets moving forward (and a few golden oldies).
. . . . Sometimes, we just add more context, like when Trump announced his pick of Rex Tillerson to serve as secretary of state. Curious for more info? It’s right there in the tweet now.
It takes a little while for the Chrome extension to update, so we’ll try to stay up to speed on fact-checking what Trump is tweeting, but it may take a few minutes. This is a work in progress, so don’t hesitate to offer feedback and thoughts.
And don’t hesitate to point to Trump tweets that could use a little explication. That’s the goal, after all.
The problem with taking Trump literally and seriously is the same as it is when you take anything figurative, illustrative, or hyperbolic seriously . . . you beclown yourself and come up with laughable “fact check” extensions.
Now you can fact-check Trump’s tweets — in the tweets themselves https://t.co/UsEW6zgFoW
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 16, 2016
Following is the description of the WaPo Google Chrome extension, RealDonaldContext:
Donald Trump’s primary means of communicating with the public is his Twitter account. Unfortunately, his tweets aren’t always entirely accurate, by mistake or by design.
The Washington Post’s Fix team has decided to help ensure that the public receives the most accurate possible information by creating this extension, which will add more context or corrections to things that Trump tweets.
Luckily, WaPo is open to our helping them in this endeavor by pointing out Trump tweets that need to be “fact checked” by the WaPo purveyors of all things truthy.
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.