We reported Thursday on a couple of whoppers President Joe Biden told during a virtual address he gave yesterday to the Jewish community in advance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
In one, he portrayed himself as some sort of 1960s civil rights activist, even though that claim has been knocked down by authors and even Biden himself in 1987, when he seemed to retract previous instances where he stated he participated in civil rights marches as a student.
In the other, Biden talked about visiting the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh after the mass shooting that happened on October 27, 2018 where 11 people were murdered by a white nationalist nutjob.
“I remember spending time at the — you know, going to the — you know, the Tree of Life Synagogue, speaking with the — just — it just is amazing these things are happening — happening in America,” he stated during the address.
The problem with Biden’s story about visiting the synagogue is that it was not true, as was reported by the New York Post in a story that quoted synagogue executive director Barb Feige as saying that Biden had not visited the synagogue after the massacre, nor before it.
In an update to this story, the White House said today that Biden indeed did not visit the synagogue. They noted that it was actually a phone call he made to Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who confirmed the call in a statement.
CNN filed a report on the White House’s supposed clarification. Note that CNN “fact checker” Daniel Dale still couldn’t bring himself to call Biden’s original comments for what they were:
Joe Biden said he remembered spending time at the Tree of Life Synagogue after it was attacked in 2018.
President Biden did not visit the synagogue. CNN fact checks the President's comments: pic.twitter.com/mQibsS7o0F
— America Rising (@AmericaRising) September 3, 2021
White House says Biden was referring to a 2019 phone call with Tree of Life’s rabbi; the rabbi says in a statement that Biden conveyed condolences and support, and it meant a lot.
Still, Biden’s comments about “spending time at” and “going to” the synagogue were not true.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 3, 2021
What’s kinda-sorta telling about Dale’s “reporting” on the White House basically admitting Biden lied is that he waited on them to admit it rather than doing his job, which is to fact check the statements of politicians and other public figures independently, regardless of their confirmations or denials one way or the other. Then again, Dale is a noted Democrat apologist, so this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to anyone.
For the record, even the left-wing site Snopes has issued a “false” ruling on Biden’s claim, though the piece hasn’t been updated to note the White House’s remarks from today as of this writing.
We haven’t heard yet from USA Today, the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, or Politifact, but considering their history of wrongly targeting Republicans and covering up for Democrats, we’re sure they’ll figure out a way to do some squirming on Biden’s behalf to minimize the damage from this embarrassing story.
As for the White House, you know it’s gotten bad when not even your allies at your favorite cable news network can cover up for the lies you tell anymore. I mean, really. Who mixes up a phone call and an actual visit in the aftermath of something as horrific as the Tree of Life mass shooting?
Press secretary Jen Psaki’s spin on all this should be quite amusing. Stay tuned.