This Week in Politics: Pinocchio vs. the Politician

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We spent the week hearing, essentially, one story about the Hillary Clinton campaign: her delay in announcing she has pneumonia.

Meanwhile, the Donald Trump stories kept piling up. But it seems that no matter what reporters uncover about Donald Trump – and there have been mountains of revelations during the past year – nothing sticks.

Joining us to talk about Trump and the media is Brooke Gladstone, Co-Host of WNYC's On The Media and Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post's Fact Checker.

Speaking with host David Furst, Glenn calls Clinton a 'normal' politician. By that, he means approximately 15% of the Clinton statements they have fact-checked resulted in a 'Four Pinocchios' rating – the worst. That's in-line with the average politician. Meanwhile, he says 65% of Donald Trump's fact-checked statements have received that dubious honor. 'He makes misstatements repeatedly, constantly… and not only that, he then repeats them over and over again. He doesn't seem to care about basic facts or basic information. He just powers through.'

And Trump says he isn't concerned about moderators fact-checking him during debates. In an interview with the Washington Post this week he said, 'I don't care. My facts are good. My facts are good. I don't get enough credit for having my facts right.'

He added, 'They'll say I'm wrong even when I'm right.'