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Thousands of Presidential Fact Checkers Laid Off in Biden’s First Hundred Days

By Andy Borowitz

May 3, 2021

Photograph by Chip Somodevilla / Getty
Photograph by Chip Somodevilla / Getty

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In an employment trend that industry leaders are calling “dire,” thousands of Presidential fact checkers have been laid off during Joe Biden’s first hundred days in office.

Harland Dorrinson, the executive director of the American Society of Presidential Fact Checkers, said that Biden has single-handedly destroyed the employment picture for many of the group’s members.

“Over the past three months, America’s Presidential-falsehood infrastructure has all but collapsed,” Dorrinson said. “We have not experienced such a devastating downturn since Richard M. Nixon left office, in 1974.”

Dorrinson acknowledged that many in the Presidential-fact-checking profession had got complacent during the four years prior to Biden’s Inauguration. “Those were boom times for our industry,” he said. “We should have realized that they were too good to last.”

He said that his group’s members were hoping that the 2024 Presidential election would bring a much-needed recovery, and were “keeping their fingers crossed” that figures such as Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Marjorie Taylor Greene would run.

Andy Borowitz is a Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes The Borowitz Report, a satirical column on the news.

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