In this July 20, 2019, photo, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in an electrical workers union hall in Las Vegas. Biden is proposing a sweeping criminal justice agenda that would reverse key provisions of the 1994 crime bill he helped author and which rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have blamed for mass incarceration of racial minorities. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Snopes apparently wants to burn down what little credibly they may have had left after their past few months of targeting the Babylon Bee.
The supposed unbiased “fact-checking” site has essentially taken off the mask at this point. To be fair, they are a few years behind Politifact on that front, who recently went so far as to ask if word choice even matters while making excuses for false statements from Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, refusing to give a rating.
This past weekend, Snopes decided to “fact-check” a claim that Joe Biden had lied in making up a war story last week (see Joe Biden Just Makes Up a War Story While Campaigning). Here’s an excerpt from the article I wrote on the incident for some backstory.
According to Biden, he brushed off concerns about the risk of him traveling to the deadly area. “We can lose a vice president,” he said, recounting his words to a crowd during an event on Friday. “We can’t lose many more of these kids. Not a joke.” His story involved the captain dramatically telling Biden he didn’t want the medal because his comrade ended up dying.
But after speaking with more than a dozen military and campaign sources, the Post determined the event “never happened” and that “almost every detail in the story appears to be incorrect.”
Enter Snopes to save the day and shill for Biden after even The Washington Post had to admit almost nothing he said was correct.
To claim that Joe Biden’s story is false might give readers the misleading impression that the soldier at the center of it doesn’t exist. He does exist, and he did, in his grief, tell Biden he didn’t want the medal Biden pinned on him in 2011. https://t.co/Iji1shihpm
— snopes.com (@snopes) September 1, 2019
Snopes ends up rating the claim that Biden’s comments were false as “mixed,” which is ludicrous. They also pointedly assert that his story is “not false” because the “underlying recollection” was true.
Biden’s story is not “false,” as was widely reported, because his underlying recollection of pinning a medal on a grieving soldier who did not want the medal is based on a real occurrence.
When nearly every detail in your story isn’t true, that means you are telling a false story. The fact that some people in the story may actually exist or that some aspects may mildly resemble other events doesn’t change that. Has Snopes ever rated any statement by a Republican in such a charitable way? I’m going to guess no but if someone has an example, I’d love to see it.
Remember, these are the people we are supposed to trust to cut through the fog of misinformation. Outlets that can’t even be bothered to rate a false statement as false.
I can't believe we're expected to take lectures from these people on the importance of facts & truth in political debate. https://t.co/zfWv4Lq8eZ
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) September 1, 2019
Having had Snopes attempt to destroy them, noted satire site The Babylon Bee hit back at this ridiculousness.
Snopes Rates Biden's Claim That 2+2=5 As 'Mostly True'https://t.co/O5jazrhpwC
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) September 2, 2019
Now, that’s good stuff.
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