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Washington Post ‘Fact Checkers’ Run Interference for Merrick Garland Over DOJ School Board ‘Threats’ Directive

Washington Post ‘Fact Checkers’ Run Interference for Merrick Garland Over DOJ School Board ‘Threats’ Directive

The WaPo started out with the headline, “The false GOP claim that the Justice Dept. is spying on parents at school board meetings,” as though the DOJ would literally use the word “spying” in any memo they knew the public would be able to put eyes on.

It is without fail that when a Republican states an inconvenient truth or a Democrat is accused of something serious, Glenn Kessler and his army of pseudo-fact checkers at the Washington Post will attempt to ride to the left’s rescue. It’s like clockwork and sadly is not limited to the WaPo, as we’ve documented recently.

The latest instance comes after accusations from a number of high-profile Republicans against Biden Attorney General Merrick Garland over the directive he issued last week in response to the National School Boards Association letter that urged the feds to get involved in investigating so-called “domestic terrorist” parents after alleged “threats” and “acts of malice” were supposedly directed towards school board members as the debate over Critical Race Theory heats up.

WaPo “reporter” Salvador Rizzo wrote the “fact check” and started it off by listing the quotes from the GOP politicians who he then tried to debunk:

“Attorney General Garland is weaponizing the DOJ by using the FBI to pursue concerned parents and silence them through intimidation. Florida will defend the free speech rights of its citizens and will not allow federal agents to squelch dissent.” – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

“Frankly, I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like it in American history. … Are you aware of any time in American history when an attorney general has directed the FBI to begin to intervene in school board meetings — local school board meetings?” — Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)

“Merrick Garland says he’s going to use the Justice Department to spy on parents at school board meetings.” — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)

“Who would have ever thought that you would have an American president make a decision to leave Americans behind in Afghanistan now directing the DOJ to try to silence parents and actually separate parents from what their children can do inside schools?” — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)

“Now the FBI is trying to silence parents. That’s wrong.” — Republican Virginia gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin

Now, after reading the actual Garland memo, which directed “the Federal Bureau of Investigation, working with each United States Attorney, to convene meetings with federal, state, local, Tribal, and territorial leaders in each federal judicial district within 30 days of the issuance of this memorandum,” you’d think that most people would understand that the claims made by those Republicans against the DOJ were inarguable.

Nevertheless, Rizzo proceeded to try and do just that, first with a headline that read, “The false GOP claim that the Justice Dept. is spying on parents at school board meetings,” as though the DOJ would literally use the word “spying” in any memo they knew the public would be able to put eyes on.

As always, the devil is in the details in these things. Again, from the memo:

These meetings will facilitate the discussion of strategies for addressing threats against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff, and will open dedicated lines of communication for threat reporting, assessment, and response.

Knowing per the memo that the feds will be coordinating “meetings” to “facilitate discussions” with state and local leaders “on strategies” as to how to assess and handle any alleged threats, that tells us that the “spying” will come in the form of monitoring and surveilling parents at school board meetings because, last I checked, that’s what the feds do. Surely Rizzo doesn’t think they’ll be simply sitting around waiting for a phone call from a local yokel sheriff’s department noting “suspicious activity” before they take action, right?

The crux of Rizzo’s argument is that GOP arguments on this matter are overblown because Garland specifically mentioned alleged threats in his memo and said nothing about cracking down on legitimate dissent. Well, duh, again, they aren’t going to spell it out in those exact words but that is in effect what will happen here.

Take a look at the pretzel logic involved in Rizzo’s assessment of a quote he got from a spokesman for McCarthy:

Mark Bednar, a spokesman for McCarthy, said existing laws already establish criminal penalties for violence or threats as outlined in the memo. Bednar said the Justice Department’s move was heavy-handed and could have a chilling effect on parents who might otherwise speak up about their children’s education.

“Localized threats of violence are appropriately handled by local law enforcement,” Bednar said. “As such, the real question is why the Biden administration used the power of the federal government to publicly threaten ‘a series of measures’ aimed at addressing local school board meetings. … The unnecessary, ominous rhetoric from the DOJ’s memo could have a chilling effect on parents’ First Amendment engagement with their local schools.”

Fair, but McCarthy’s comment on Fox News was that Biden was “directing the DOJ to try to silence parents and actually separate parents from what their children can do inside schools.” There’s no indication Biden himself is directing this, or that the Justice Department will be targeting legitimate speech (free of violence or threats) at these forums. [emphasis mine]

I mean if you didn’t know any better, you’d think Rizzo worked for the DOJ himself due to his obvious willingness to pretend that the DOJ’s actions, which he even agrees could have a “chilling” effect on parents, aren’t a reflection of the Biden administration’s position on this issue. I mean Biden wouldn’t even defend a female Democrat Senator after she was stalked and filmed in a women’s restroom. Does anyone think he’s going to defend concerned parents against allegations of domestic terrorism, either?

Rizzo’s ruling on the claims made Republicans about the Garland memo was four Pinocchios.

Naturally, Kessler tweeted out a link to his colleague’s work because of course he did:

Twitter users responded accordingly:

“Funny” in a weird way, but unfortunately, this issue is no laughing matter at all.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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I don’t think the parents are going to give a damn (not afraid) of the FBI when their kids are in trouble at school.

The Friendly Grizzly | October 16, 2021 at 4:51 pm

Always keep in mind: the most outspoken one advocating violence at school board meetings will be an FBI agent.

Prof if someone in your group has the energy and resources…it is past time for someone to start

The point of a site like this is to fact check the fact checkers, point out the context they miss in their pitiful interference runs, and finally take these bums off their pedestal.


Got to hand it to Progressives – they have built an amazing propaganda machine incorporates 90% of the media. “Fact-checkers” are a brilliant addition to the propaganda tool box.

Republicans cannot compete with this. The Dems win the info wars every week.

Conservatives use facts and reasoning to try to convince their opponents. Dems win every time with bullshit and emotional argument.

    gibbie in reply to Ben Kent. | October 16, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    The left pursued a long-term strategy, the most important of which was to indoctrinate children via K-12 and higher ed. Clueless parents slept through it, and are still sleeping.

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Ben Kent. | October 16, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Dems win every time with bullshit and emotional argument.

    And you wonder why the democrats want an ignorant and dependent on the government for everything. If we had a well educated population that thought for themselves and not the uneducated sheeple that we have now none of this bullshite would be tolerated. And the democrats know this.

Garland is claiming as a “fact” in his one-page memorandum, that parents are threatening violence at school board meetings or “intimidating” the leftist school board’s with their “views..” When his office was asked to provide a single incident, he was unable to find one. So, we have an Attorney General that rejects reality, preferring to believe the leftist narrative in this mind.

It’s dangerous for an AG to reject reality, because we have alarming levels of violations of conservatives’ civil rights, with schools indoctrinating students to be “social justice warriors” who will track down and cancel anyone who opposes far left-woke thought. Colleges now require students to take racism and social-justice classes, to learn to cancel others; they cannot graduate with it. Yet, Garland will not uphold the Constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech and other rights. This communist prefers to terrorize his political opponents. The left woke thought is now canceling people in the media, corporations, and schools, but it doesn’t concern this AG. He has no sense of fairness and the principles that underlie our nation. It’s time to deport this loser to a leftist paradise in which he would thrive, like Venezuela. I’m sure this little leftist terrorist would feel right at home there.

Steven Brizel | October 16, 2021 at 9:50 pm

Once again the legacy press runs interference for the Democrats

Seems to me Fact Checking is just a Orwellian tactic by the Leftist Propaganda Ministry., it has nothing to do with verification of ” facts”.