Christian satire site Babylon Bee reposted one of their most hilarious stories on the eve of President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday.
“‘Good evening,’ Says President Trump, Drawing Immediate Flurry of Fact Checks,” they headlined the story along with a fact-check that deemed his “good evening” statement as false.
Intended to be over-the-top satire, it scored a little too close to the truth on Tuesday with some of the fact checks that came from mainstream media outlets over the president’s SOTU speech.
“Trump said ‘one in three women is sexually assaulted on the long journey north.’ That's partly true,” scolded Politico in their fact-check.
How far off was the president with those stats? About 2 percent. To be exactly “one in three,” the percentage would have to be 33.333333333333 instead of 31.
The extreme nitpicking of Politico also seemed to take the focus away from the fact that a horrifying number of women are getting assaulted. The news outlet got lambasted up and down the block by commenters on Twitter.
And then NPR fact-checked Trump on something he didn’t say.
“Exactly one century after Congress passed the Constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before,” the president said during his speech, prompting the white-clad Democrat women to rise to their feet alongside Republicans and chant “USA! USA! USA!”
But NPR had a big problem with that true statement, pointing out that “President Trump praised the record number of women in Congress, but that's almost entirely because of Democrats, not Trump’s party.”
That “fact check” drew rampant ridicule as well.
Annie Karni of the New York Times took a jab at the president, too, writing on Twitter that “Trump just ad-libbed ‘they came down from heaven’ when quoting a Holocaust survivor watching American soldiers liberate Dachau. Jews don't believe in heaven.”
She later backpedaled when people fact-checked her claim.