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‘He didn’t actually say this’: WaPo fact-checker runs into Twitter buzz saw after running interference for Biden

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Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler stepped on a rake in his quick defense of former Vice President Joe Biden over his latest gaffe.

Kessler was slammed on social media after he claimed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee “didn’t actually say” what he was being criticized for. Kessler’s attempt to carry water for Biden backfired when Biden’s own words seemed to turn the argument on its head.

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The editor and writer of the “Fact Checker” feature for The Washington Post stepped up to defend Biden who was being slammed for insulting the African American community.

Biden’s controversial comment came during a video call with black and Hispanic journalists on Thursday.

“Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” the Democrat had said.

Hours later, Biden walked back the comments, taking to Twitter to attempt to “clarify” what he meant to say. In a video call later in the day, he addressed the comments again, insisting he didn’t mean to suggest “the African American community is a monolith.”

Team Trump joined the many voices condemning his 2020 opponent for the disparaging comment.

“Joe Biden just said that Latinos have diversity of thought, unlike Black Americans…This is disgusting!” the Trump campaign tweeted, paraphrasing the remarks.

Before Biden or his campaign had made any follow up comments, Kessler jumped in to defend the Democrat. He was very quickly called out for covering for him.

“If you listen to the clip, he didn’t actually say this,” he wrote in response to Team Trump’s tweet.

Though the Trump campaign had not quoted Biden exactly, Kessler was slammed for “lying” to protect Biden.

Kessler’s defense of Biden unleashed a tidal wave of backlash.

Frieda Powers


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