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Mainstream media fact-checkers have seemingly come out against fact-checking now that President Joe Biden is in office instead of former President Donald Trump.
Case in point: During a creepy CNN host town hall Wednesday, Biden explicitly said he “didn’t have” any vaccines available from the Trump administration when he stepped 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,” he said.
The statement was a lie. Not only were multiple vaccines been completed by the time Biden took office, but over a million vaccines were being distributed daily.
In response to this lie, so-called fact-checkers with The Washington Post and CNN rushed to play defense for the president.
It was a verbal stumble, a typical Biden gaffe, as he had already mentioned 50 million doses being available when he took office. Ex Trump officials should especially cool the outrage meter, as it just looks silly. https://t.co/HFjH01lXgH
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) February 17, 2021
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. https://t.co/2EtKDWyR7o
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 17, 2021
Perhaps the president’s statement had indeed been just a gaffe. But does it matter? Wasn’t what he said ultimately wrong, period? So shouldn’t that be highlighted to the public so ensure there are no misunderstandings?
Yet as of Wednesday morning, neither CNN nor The Washington Post had published a formal fact-check disputing — or at least adding “context” — to Biden’s claim.
It was almost as if they don’t care. Either that or they’re only interested in acting “as the full-on propaganda wing for Joe Biden,” as noted by Ben Shapiro.
Incredible to watch the Democrat-staffed media act as the full-on propaganda wing for Joe Biden. His town hall was gaffetastic, and included multiple overt lies — and the fact-checkers are like, “Yeah, but, see what he probably means is…”
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 17, 2021
See more scathing responses below (*Language warning):
. @GlennKesslerWP and that Huffington Post activist now at CNN have twitter feeds indistinguishable from DNC activists.
Everyone outside of DC newsrooms sees this. https://t.co/WoUybvN9ii
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) February 17, 2021
lol, Glenn. Fuck you. pic.twitter.com/zfCsSuMinh
— RAM (Richard Armande Mills) (@RAMRANTS) February 17, 2021
In Trump days this would have counted as a “lie.” Wow. Its good to be a Democrat.
— Austin Ruse (@austinruse) February 17, 2021
Complete nonsense! You show your bias when you carry water for Democrats like this. You lose ALL CREDIBILITY
— Guy V. Furay (@guyfuray) February 17, 2021
BS. “Verbal gaffe my ass”. We have watched y’all cover his cognitive oh wait verbal gaffes for over a year.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) February 17, 2021
I didn’t know it was official that you were working for the administration. But that’s hardly a shock.
— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) February 17, 2021
Most importantly, there is no evidence of a “verbal stumble” or “typical Biden gaffe”, in case @GlennKesslerWP would like to define what that is defined by.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) February 17, 2021
Their point is that such leniency and grace was never once offered to former President Trump. Yet leniency is continually being granted to the Biden administration.
For instance, over the weekend Vice President Kamala Harris told Axios that “there was no national strategy or plan for [COVID] vaccinations” when she and Biden stepped into office and that they were “starting from scratch.”
This was a bald-faced lie. But was it fact-checked by Axios?
— Axios (@axios) February 14, 2021
But it’s even worse than that. Axios did originally fact-check Harris in a tweet. However, that tweet was deleted and replaced with the one above without any explanation:
Axios deleted the tweet on the left which pointed out that Kamala’s claim seemed to be contradicted by what Fauci has said, and Axios replaced it with the Kamala tweet on the right which no longer includes the context from Fauci. pic.twitter.com/Wws9XX92Ip
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) February 15, 2021
Note that the Axios reporter who covers Harris, Alexi McCammond, has been dating just-resigned White House deputy press secretary T.J. Ducklo.
Instead of granting Trump leniency, media fact-checkers always tore into him. And even now with him gone, they continue to maintain the same pattern whenever “fact-checking” anyone to the right of Karl Marx.
Earlier this month, Shapiro’s outlet, The Daily Wire, accurately reported that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hadn’t been inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6th riot. Snopes fact-checked that as “misleading,” despite admitting in its own fact-check that the congresswoman had indeed not been in the Capitol building at the time.
This is a weird fact-check from Snopes. I mean, they say that “what’s true” is EXACTLY what the DW tweet says. Then they call the DW tweet “misleading.” Almost as though they’re just a Left-wing spin outfit. pic.twitter.com/IvkD8wiguz
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 4, 2021
The stunning fact-check led Shapiro to sum up how media “fact-checks” really work:
How fact-checkers operate: when a conservative botches facts, check the facts, and rate it “false” (good!); when a liberal botches facts, add context and then rate it “mostly true”; when a conservative gets facts right, fact-check implications, and then rate it “mostly false.”
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 4, 2021