The Ohio AG just said there's no proof that the viral 10-year-old abortion story ever happened but WaPo's fact-checker says it's attained the status of "fact" anyway
· · Jul 12, 2022 ·

I dunno, folks, I think my faith in the mainstream media and the president might be just a little shaken after this whole episode:

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has seen no indication that a 10-year-old girl from his state traveled to Indiana for an abortion, fueling questions about the veracity of a report President Biden cited to boost his pro-choice agenda.

Mr. Yost said Monday that his office has heard "not a whisper" about a case involving the rape of a young Ohio girl, which went viral last week. ...

"We work closely with the decentralized law-enforcement system in Ohio, but we have regular contact with prosecutors and local police and sheriffs. Not a whisper anywhere," the Republican attorney general said on the Fox News Channel show "Jesse Watters Primetime."

So the top legal authority of Ohio hasn't heard of what would very likely be one of the most shocking, horrific crimes to have happened in the state in years, one that would have absolutely in no uncertain terms crossed his desk in some way?

Remember, the president repeated this claim!

We should note that Yost's office would absolutely be privy to a story like this if it were true (and if it had been reported to police):

"Something that may be even more telling: My office runs the crime lab," Mr. Yost added. "Any case like this, you're going to have a rape kit, you're going to have biological evidence, and you'd be looking for DNA analysis, which we do most of the DNA analysis in Ohio. There is no case request for an analysis that looks anything like this."

Meanwhile, WaPo fact-checker Glenn Kessler (who made sure every little thing Trump said got 5 deep checks) says "the story has acquired the status of a 'fact' no matter its provenance."

Snopes editor David Emery got REALLY angry at this comment from Hanson.

Hanson is right. It would have been far easier for Kessler to simply state that an unsubstantiated report based off a single biased source should be treated with abject skepticism instead of basically shrugging his shoulders and saying "oh well" to the truth.

This, of course, is why the line is now deleted in the article.

Have we mentioned that mainstream media is the enemy of truth?

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