• Media Fact-Checkers Twist Themselves In Knots Defending Biden's Town Hall Disaster

    From Ubiquitous@weberm@polaris.net to alt.tv.pol-incorrect,alt.fan.rush-limbaugh,alt.politics.miserable-failure,alt.politics.media,alt.politics.usa on Sun Feb 21 04:38:05 2021
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    President Joe Biden’s stumbling and sometimes shocking answers during
    Tuesday night’s town hall event with CNN prompted left-wing media “fact-checkers” to tie themselves in knots to defend him.

    As The Daily Wire highlighted, Biden seemingly claimed his
    administration did not have a vaccine to work with when he came into
    office: “It’s one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn’t have when
    we came into office, but a vaccinator, how do you get the vaccine into someone’s arm?”

    “What we did, we got into office and found out the supply, there was no backlog, I mean, there was nothing in the refrigerator, figuratively
    and literally speaking,” the president said.

    Biden telling the American people “we didn’t have” the vaccine when he
    came into office was not a lie, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn
    Kessler explained, but rather “a typical Biden gaffe.”

    “It was a verbal stumble, a typical Biden gaffe, as he had already
    mentioned 50 million doses being available when he took office,” the
    politico posted to Twitter. “Ex Trump officials should especially cool
    the outrage meter, as it just looks silly.”

    “Honest question: how do you determine what’s a verbal stumble and
    what’s not?” one Twitter user pressed.

    Kessler noted Biden’s “stutter” to offerer rationale for his generous coverage. “It depends in part on whether he spoke correctly about
    vaccine availability elsewhere in the interview,” he said. “People
    screw up on live television. Biden with his stutter especially does
    so.”

    It depends in part on whether he spoke correctly about vaccine
    availability elsewhere in the interview. People screw up on
    live television. Biden with his stutter especially does so.

    — Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) February 17, 2021

    Conservative writer and podcast host Stephen L. Miller highlighted
    Biden himself saying his missteps are not because of his stutter.

    “This is not fact checking,” Miller asserted, captioning a video from
    Axios, titled, “Joe Biden denies that stuttering is to blame for verbal missteps” (video below). “Glenn Kessler is making excuses for Joe Biden
    that not even Joe Biden himself makes excuses for.”

    “Look, the mistakes I make are mistakes,” Biden says in the Axios
    video. “And some people think I still stutter. I don’t think of myself
    that way.”

    WATCH:

    This is not fact checking. Glenn Kessler is making excuses for
    Joe Biden that not even Joe Biden himself makes excuses for –
    per @axios
    https://t.co/f9wyk5IfPY https://t.co/XUXhwxgXWt
    pic.twitter.com/dfdzXILRM2

    — Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) February 17, 2021

    The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway noted of Kessler’s “generosity” being
    turned up to “full blast” — a far cry from the media’s stance relative
    to former President Donald Trump.

    “So the generosity spigot is being turned on full blast now, when it
    wasn’t even in existence the last four years. Interesting. What could
    account for the difference, I wonder? It’s a real mystery!” Hemingway
    mocked.

    After considerable backlash, Kessler posted a 6-part thread defending
    his take on Biden, blasting Trump allies:

    Here’s a guide for ex-Trump officials for how to tell whether
    a politician might be telling a deliberate lie or just had a
    verbal stumble. They were quick to declare Biden was a
    deliberate “liar” last night on vaccine development. So here
    we go … Biden said on CNN: “it’s one thing to have the vaccine,
    which we didn’t have when we came into office, but a vaccinator
    — how do you get the vaccine into someone’s arm?” Yep, that’s
    wrong. Sounds bad. But did he mean it?… A) Did he say something
    different elsewhere in the town hall? Yes, just minutes before:
    “We came into office, there was only 50 million doses that were
    available.” That’s a clue he knows the vaccine was created when
    he became president. B) Is it different than what he said
    before? Yes, 1/26: “We want to give credit to everyone involved
    in this vaccine effort and the prior administration and the
    science community and the medical sphere — for getting the
    program off the ground. And that credit is absolutely due.”
    That’s another clue. So the odds are this is a flub, not a
    deliberate falsehood. He contradicts what he said just moments
    earlier and what he has said in the past. As fact checkers, we
    look for patterns and context …. I know it’s fun to snip a clip
    and act outraged on social media. But what’s more telling is if
    a politician over and over says the same falsehood, day after
    day, no matter how often he or she has been fact-checked. No
    going to mention any names, of course.

    CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale defended Biden, too, saying he “clearly
    wasn’t trying to claim the vaccine did not exist at all under Trump”
    when he said there was no vaccine when he took office.

    “Biden had said just prior that there were ‘only’ 50 million vaccine
    doses when he took office. I’m looking into that claim (and a bunch of
    other claims Biden made tonight), but he clearly wasn’t trying to claim
    the vaccine did not exist at all under Trump,” Dale rationalized.

    Author Ryan Girdusky simply reacted: “You are such a freaking
    hack.”

    — Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) February 17, 2021

    During the same town hall event, Biden stoked outrage on social media
    when he seemingly referred to the human rights violations against the
    Uyghur population in China as a “different norm.”

    “If you know anything about Chinese history, it has always been, the
    time when China has been victimized by the outer world is when they
    haven’t been unified at home,” Biden said, according to The New York
    Post. “So the central — well, vastly overstated — the central principle
    of Xi Jinping is that there must be a united, tightly-controlled China.
    And he uses his rationale for the things he does based on that.”

    “I point out to him no American president can be sustained as a
    president, if he doesn’t reflect the values of the United States,” the president continued. “And so the idea is that I am not going to speak
    out against what he’s doing in Hong Kong, what he’s doing with the
    Uyghurs in western mountains of China and Taiwan — trying to end the
    one China policy by making it forceful… [Xi] gets it.”

    “Culturally there are different norms that each country and their
    leaders are expected to follow,” Biden added.

    Kessler did not post anything himself about the troubling comments, but
    did retweet a post from Washington Post reporter Jacqueline Alemany on
    the matter that neglected to mention the president’s note of cultural
    norms:

    Biden on Uighurs: "We must stand up for human rights.. the
    idea that I'm not going to speak out against what he's doing
    in Hong Kong & with the Uighurs."

    "There will be repercussions for China," Biden adds when
    pressed on whether there'll be consequences for human rights
    abuses.

    — Jacqueline Alemany (@JaxAlemany) February 17, 2021

    WATCH:
    https://youtu.be/C4TqVdODCmk


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