Glenn Kessler, Washington’s Post fact-checker outwardly stating his apologies for his predicting that murderers like convicted terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would receive a COVID stimulus rewarded by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
As remembered, on March 2021, Kessler ran the headline “Murderers, undocumented immigrants: Hyped-up claims about who’s getting stimulus checks” with a picture of Cotton plastered on the page, challenging claims that he and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wy., made that the $1,400 checks Americans were set to receive would be visiting those not qualified or worthy for them.
After reading the tweets from Kessler, Cotton tweeted on the 8th of March that the Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would also get benefits and declared, ‘Get ready for campaign ads,’ as Kessler wrote at the time retaliated to Cotton. As a result, the Washington Post was obliged to amend on Thursday after attempting to urge a fact-check on Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
Cotton and Barrasso claim Democrats are trying their best to convey stimulus checks to murderers and undocumented immigrants. Not only is that wrong, but both voted for previous stimulus bills that failed to have narrowed criteria.”
Kessler then wrote, “Barrasso didn’t resort to Cotton’s scaremongering, more carefully saying that prisoners might receive a stimulus check. But his immigration phrasing was misleading, as viewers might need to be thought Barrasso was talking about all undocumented immigrants. Both of those talking points mainly are crafted for future campaign ads, not serious legislation. Cotton and Barrasso earn Two Pinocchio,” Kessler added.
Despite Kessler’s statements, it seems that the Boston Bomber did receive a $1,400 stimulus check. In light of this, Records show Tsarnaev, who is currently serving a prison term after murdering three people and injuring many others at the 2013 Boston Marathon, has received $21,000 since his time as an inmate and among the deposits was COVID relief he received in June 2021.
Kessler pushed back at a critic who claimed the fact-checker issued a “correction,” stressing “this is an update in light of the latest information. “It’s important to let readers know if there’s something new,” Kessler tweeted.