We’ve seen a lot of media spinning to protect Joe Biden from his many gaffes and bad actions.
But the spin gets a bit much when what he says is on video and the “fact check” seeks to try to spin even that.
One way of doing that is what ABC11.com did in fact-checking a tweet of ‘Biden’ saying “minorities not being able to use the internet” were “taken out of context.”
No, President Biden did not tweet about "minorities not being able to use the internet." https://t.co/5K05vbVG3N
— ABC11 EyewitnessNews (@ABC11_WTVD) February 27, 2021
The tweet ABC is referencing was a fake tweet made to appear like it was coming from Biden’s account. But the bigger story, of course, was what the real Biden actually did say which was true, live and on video, at a CNN town hall.
Joe Biden says black people and Hispanics don’t know how to use the Internet and can’t figure out where to get the vaccine. 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/nRXPPP9CZm
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) February 17, 2021
As we reported, the words were clear:
[T] he other part — portion is a lot of people don’t know how to register. Not everybody in the community, in the Hispanic and the African-American community, particularly in rural areas that are distant and/or inner city districts know how to use — know how to get online to determine how to get in line for that COVID vaccination at the Walgreen’s or at the particular store.
ABC includes the quote in its story with a lot of other context spinning in there but then doesn’t actually address the greater general point.
What they did here seems to be a common trend with media fact checks: take a basic straw man or one small false aspect that someone might have said to call the general point that’s true “false.” Alternatively, they say that a true statement “needs more context,” seemingly more often if there’s a Democrat involved. For example, when I reported that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wasn’t in the Capitol building at the time of the Capitol riot. It’s absolutely true — she was in another building almost half-a-mile away. But apparently, that needed “more context” to one fact check.
People blasted ABC for their “fact check,” noting there’s actual video which ABC while giving the quote, left out of their post.
If Twitter is concerned about truth in media, they should look at “fact checkers” or “debunking” articles like this.@ABC11_WTVD is being dishonest.
Biden made a racist comment OUT LOUD on video but ABC11 says “Biden didn’t TWEET a racist comment”
— Keith Roberts 🇺🇸 (@Roberts175) March 1, 2021
Eyewitness, huh? It’s on video.
Technically, you’re correct, he did not tweet it.
He didn’t send a telegram, or smoke signals, or by Pony Express, either.
— Robert Workman 🇺🇸 ⚾️ 🚁 🎙 (@RWcopter) March 1, 2021
of course he didn’t “tweet is”. He Fricken “SAID IT”. #learntocode
— Peoples President Tony Bruno (@TonyBrunoShow) March 1, 2021