The New York Instances is signaling that it’s not wild about Joe Biden operating for president once more. Abruptly, it introduced his statements are routinely unfactual. He’s a routine liar.
Why is that this discovery rising now?
The net headline of its Oct. 11 story was: “Biden, Storyteller in Chief, Spins Yarns That Typically Unravel.” The subtitle: “President Biden has been unable to interrupt himself of the behavior of embellishing narratives to weave a political id.”
Instances reporters Michael Shear and Linda Qiu started with Biden telling survivors of Hurricane Ian that he and Jill misplaced most of a home to a lightning strike. That’s not true. Information stories on the time described it as “a small fireplace” that was “contained to the kitchen.”
They mentioned this wasn’t an remoted embellishment. They famous Biden as soon as advised this story as “having had a home burn down with my spouse in it.” The Instances defined, “The exaggerated biography that Mr. Biden tells consists of having been a fierce civil rights activist who was repeatedly arrested. He has claimed to have been an award-winning pupil who earned three levels. And final week, talking on the hurricane-devastated island of Puerto Rico, he mentioned he had been ‘raised within the Puerto Rican group at house, politically.’”
They mentioned Biden has lengthy “embraced storytelling as a approach of connecting together with his viewers … However Mr. Biden’s folksiness can veer into folklore, with dates that don’t fairly add up and particulars which are exaggerated or mistaken, the factual edges shaved off to make them extra highly effective for audiences.”
However right here’s the attention-grabbing half. Qiu is the paper’s designated “fact-checker.” So, if Biden is habitually spinning yarns that unravel, she should be busy with Biden checks, proper? No. She hasn’t “fact-checked” Biden since Aug.20, 2021, on the Afghanistan withdrawal fiasco beneath a particularly delicate headline: “Clarifying Biden’s Take of Evacuation.”
A peek at her archive of articles since then consists of no less than 14 “fact-checks” of Republicans and/or conservatives. This 14-to-1 imbalance in goal choice would remind you of PolitiFact—which is sensible, as a result of that’s the place Qiu labored earlier than becoming a member of The Instances.
This “fact-checker” unironically corrected Republicans on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot that one-third of Republicans assume the riot was “primarily peaceable.” That’s simply as mistaken because the post-George Floyd rioting of 2020—however she additionally thinks it’s a horrible thought to match them.
On March 9, Qiu wrote an article titled “Republicans Wrongly Blame Biden for Rising Fuel Costs,” insisting the “major purpose” was the pandemic and “its disruptions to international provide and demand.”
On Might 13, Qiu insisted (with different “fact-checkers”) that Biden couldn’t be blamed when the administration offered child components to unlawful immigrants whereas residents couldn’t discover it in shops. It’s “required by a lawsuit settlement,” so the outrage can’t be blamed on Biden. She additionally quoted Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., calling Republican critics “the pro-starvation caucus,” and he drew no fact-check.
On Might 28, she tried to choose aside claims on the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation conference, together with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, claiming Chicago was the “gun-violence capital” of America. There’s one thing comical in Qiu protesting that there’s a notion that town with probably the most gun murders is the gun-violence capital. She insisted smaller cities had the next homicide charge per capita.
This dramatically imbalanced sample of focusing on explains why conservatives are hostile to “fact-checkers,” to not information. Conservatives object to liberal journalists claiming we’re “deceptive” or “false” when liberals are simply “disagreeing” and nitpicking information positioned earlier than them.
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