As Jacob and I were using the required black ink to fill in some of the ovals on our mail-in ballots for the 2020 Baltimore City and Presidential primary elections, I received an email from Simon and Schuster on behalf of the publisher, Scribner. It began with this sentence: In perilous times, facts, expertise, and truth are indispensable.


I stopped inking-in the ovals.

The email was a reminder of the June 2nd release of a book by the Fact Checker staff at The Washington Post:

Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth
The President’s Falsehoods, Misleading Claims, and Flat-Out Lies

The Washington Post created The Fact Checker column in 2007 and it has held Democrats, Republicans, and advocacy groups accountable for their claims by awarding “Pinocchios” for false or misleading statements. Glenn Kessler has been editor and chief writer of the column since 2011 and has worked at The Washington Post since 1998. Salvador Rizzo is a reporter for The Fact Checker and Meg Kelly is a video editor and reporter for the column. In 2019, the team earned an honorable mention in the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.

I’ve ordered a copy. Reading it won’t change the way I’m voting, but it will most certainly validate my choices.