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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Washington Post: Trump makes 29 false or misleading claims in less than 26 hours

In a reference to President Trump's inappropriate comments to thousands of Boy Scouts, cartoonist Nate Beeler of The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio has the overweight Liar-In-Chief  pledging "to do my best to do my duty to me and my presidency."

-- HACKENSACK, N.J.

Editor's note: This post has been updated to include another error on The Record's front page.

By VICTOR E. SASSON
EDITOR

The Washington Post's Fact Checker editor posted an update on all of the lying Donald J. Trump has been doing as president and on the campaign trail before the election:

"Lowlights of Trump's 26 hours of misinformation: A super flip-flop + 29 false/misleading claims."
"In a period of less than 26 hours -- from 6:31 p.m. on July 24 to 8:09 p.m. on July 25 -- President Trump made two fired-up speeches, held a news conference and tweeted with abandon, leaving a trail of misinformation in his wake," The Post said on Friday.
"We found at least 29 false or misleading claims during that period."

Black employment

The newspaper dubbed Trump the "king of flip-floppers," especially for his cynical take on black youth employment.
"As a candidate, Trump repeatedly claimed 58 percent of African-American youth was unemployed. The official Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment rate for black youth at the time was about one-third of that: 19.2 percent.
"However, as president, Trump is now citing the unemployment rate for African Americans, bragging that it's the best since the turn of the century.
"It's all too convenient for Trump to embrace accurate statistics when they look good for him. It was such a cynical flip-flop."
You can read the full analysis here.

The Record

There doesn't appear to be any explanation for why the chaos in Washington bounces on and off the front page of The Record of Woodland Park.

A banner headline led Saturday's paper after Trump replaced White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

But today, Page 1 of the Sunday edition carries a major "investigation" of "neglect" and "poor medical care" in the Hudson County Jail, which is on the fringe of The Record's circulation area.

The front page also carries a Mike Kelly column on "Bergen's barbecue diplomat," and a sports column on "two N.Y. football coaches."

You'd hardly call either column riveting.


Record Food Editor Esther Davidowitz.

Major error

You can still buy ling, tusk and other fresh Icelandic fillets at The Fish Dock in Closter, one of six seafood places recommended by Food Editor Esther Davidowitz in Friday's Better Living section. 

She also raved about The Fish Dock's take-out lunches, including the popular fish and chips, and the seafood bisque, but July 1 was the last day both lunches and dinners were prepared for takeout during the summer.

The shop is closed for vacation until Aug. 24.

Something's fishy

There was another problem with the article on "6 Top Seafood Spots."

A tease on Friday's front page said Davidowitz and Chef Ben Pollinger "take a fishy food crawl through Bergen County."

Of course, "fishy" is absolutely the wrong word to use, because it means "arousing feelings of doubt or suspicion, questionable, dubious, doubtful, suspect."

Saturday screw-up

On Friday, Daniel Rochat was sentenced to life in prison in the horrific murder of Barbara Vernieri, an East Rutherford real estate agent.

But the editor who wrote the line on Saturday's front page, referring readers to the story on the Local front, really screwed up:

"Real-estate agent sentenced to life in prison. 1L [italics added].

Journalism by numbers

So, you have to wonder about the accuracy of other stories and features in the Gannett-owned newspaper:

In Better Living today, readers are offered "Five charming towns that are worth a bit of exploration" [you've been reading about the same towns for decades].

The Travel section reports on "10 THEME PARK FOODS THAT WILL GET YOUR TASTE BUDS IN ON THE ACTION" [whatever that is supposed to mean].

And Saturday's Better Living section raved about "5 home offices so gorgeous you'll look forward to work" [another nonsense headline unless one of those offices is in your home].