2020-03-30 15:03:05 UTC
BY JOE CONCHA - 03/13/20 01:04 PM EDT 900
Yes, the liberal Washington Post called Joe Biden on his
distorting of POTUS Trump's statements, and gave Biden
their biggest slam of "four Pinocchios".
It is also sad to watch him slip in dementia.
Washington Post fact-checker: Biden ad hitting Trump uses
The Washington Post's fact-checker column awarded four Pinocchios to
former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday for a campaign ad that creates
"a false narrative that does not reflect the event as it occurred."
The column said the video manipulation distorts President Trump's
remarks about the coronavirus.
The campaign ad says Trump referred to the coronavirus as "a hoax" at a
campaign rally in South Carolina last month, but Washington Post
fact-checker Meg Kelly called the editing of the president's remarks a
"At the 10-second mark [of the ad], the camera shows a tight shot of the
president saying 'coronavirus' and then cuts to a wide shot where
[Trump] says, 'this is their new hoax.' Both clips are from Trump’s Feb.
28 campaign rally in North Charleston, S.C., but he never said
'coronavirus, this is their new hoax.' Rather, Biden’s ad clipped a
large part of Trump’s speech to make it seem as though he had," the
"Ultimately, the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak, the fact that
Trump had clarified his comments on the matter before the ad was
released, and the blatant way the Biden camp isolated his remarks about
the American Dream pushed us to Four Pinocchios," Kelly added.
"Campaigns must be willing to make their case without resorting to video
Biden's campaign defended the ad.
“Donald Trump is the most dishonest president in American history and
one of the least credible human beings in the world," Andrew Bates, a
spokesman for Biden’s campaign, told the Post. "We don’t trust his
next-day cleanup attempt, and he has made many comments in that same
vein. And the claim that the American Dream was ‘dead’ in the final year
of the Obama administration -- during the longest streak of job growth
in American history -- is categorically untrue and another reminder of
Donald Trump’s deep cynicism.”
The Post's fact-checker applies Pinocchios ranging from one to four,
with four being reserved for what the column considers the most
egregious statements or actions.
Coronavirus has quickly become a central campaign issue, with many
political observers arguing that Trump's handling of the crisis is
hurting his reelection prospects.
The Trump administration has come under heavy criticism for the pace of
its response to the outbreak. A prime-time address from the Oval Office
this week by Trump did little to calm markets, which suffered heavy
losses the day after his speech.