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After Revelation Boston Bomber Was Given Stimulus Check, Washington Post corrects its fact-checking

After the government disclosed that convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received a stimulus check, a Washington Post "fact-check" on a remark by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) was amended this week.

Cotton said last year that prisoners like Tsarnaev would get stimulus checks if an amendment to a COVID-19 relief package weren’t approved.

Despite the fact that Cotton was true, The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, first dismissed his and a similar allegation made by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) as lacking "important context."

The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler noted, "Cotton and Barrasso believe Democrats are actively seeking to hand stimulus cheques to killers and undocumented immigrants." "Not only is it incorrect, but both of them voted for earlier stimulus programs with broader criteria. The goal was to process checks as rapidly as possible while avoiding unnecessary requirements. It's difficult to come up with policies that target mass murderers without also punishing the families of those incarcerated for far less serious crimes."

After a federal document revealed Tsarnaev received money from the government, Kessler revised the piece on Thursday.

7 Jan 2022


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