The Press Start Spouting the 'Cheap Fakes' Talking Point, As Panic About Biden's Senility Grows

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On Monday, the White House invented a new excuse for Joe Biden's ever-public senility. According to Karine Jean-Pierre, history's worst press secretary, all those videos you've been seeing are "cheap fakes."

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What is a "cheap fake," you might be asking? According to the internet, it's essentially synonymous with deep fake and indicates that a piece of video has been manipulated or fraudulently created. I suppose the word "cheap" is meant to say that it's easy to do with various AI tools.


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JEAN-PIERRE: Yeah, and I think you all have called this the cheap fakes video. They are "cheap fakes" video, they are done in bad faith, and some of your news organization have been very clear, have stressed that these right-wing critics of the president have a credibility problem because of the fact-checkers, have repeatedly caught them pushing misinformation, disinformation, and so we see this, and this is something coming from your part of the world calling them cheap fakes and misinformation.

Originally started by The Washington Post, which is where the White House got the "cheap fakes" claim, NBC News and others are joining the fray. 

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More Americans may think President Joe Biden tried to sit on a nonexistent chair the other day than know the boring truth that there was, in fact, a chair.

The chair-that-was-there was just one of many quick video clips the conservative media ecosystem willed into virality over the past two weeks, leaving fact-checkers and Biden’s team with little chance to catch up.

The Republican National Committee, major conservative media outlets and right-wing influencers have succeeded in blasting out videos that they claim show “proof” of Biden’s wandering off, freezing up or even filling his pants with a substance commonly represented by a brown swirl emoji.

Let's address the example given there. Did Biden try to sit in an imaginary chair while in Normandy for the 80th anniversary of D-Day? Technically, no. How is that relevant, though, when that wasn't necessarily the claim? While some did joke about there not being a chair because that's what it looked like, the point of the video was to show that Biden was feeble and thoroughly confused about what was going on around him.

The other world leaders weren't trying to sit down as he fumbled, hunched over, for several very awkward seconds. Later, he was led away by his wife while French President Emannaul Macron stayed to shake hands with veterans around 20 years older than Biden.

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So was that video "misleading" or a "cheap fake?" I think the answer is no. Biden's behavior in public comes across as senile. There's no getting around that, which is why these actually misleading claims that the videos aren't representative are being made. 

As to the most recent example, which showed Biden freezing up for an uncomfortably long period on stage at a fundraiser before Barack Obama had to lead him away, there was absolutely nothing altered or edited about that video. 

Still, NBC News decided to go to an authority on the matter. That would be White House coffee boy Andrew Bates. 

“Fresh off being fact checked by at least 6 mainstream outlets for lying about President Biden with cheap fakes, Rupert Murdoch’s sad little super PAC, the New York Post, is back to disrespecting its readers and itself once again,” White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said in a statement in reference to a video of Biden at a fundraiser with former President Barack Obama over the weekend that landed on the cover of the Post, a conservative tabloid.

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Well, that settles it. If some "fact-checkers" went after The New York Post, then Biden is clearly sharp as a tack. Unfortunately for Bates and the rest of Biden's handlers, we have eyes. All the massaging in the world doesn't change that this is who Joe Biden is. 


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The fact that this is getting to the White House and press so much shows how effective the strategy is for the Trump campaign. They and others should keep hammering away. Let the media fume, but we have eyes and ears. What's on the video is what's on the video. 


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