Anyone who has had much experience examining the work of so-called “fact-checkers”—especially recently on subjects such as COVID-19, the lockdowns, the 2020 election, and anything else of significance to the elite—knows that these people and organizations are glorified propagandists.
They often used dishonest tactics like deceptive framing and selective uses of language to discredit legitimate news stories. They then cloak themselves in the rhetoric of “objectivity” to try to hide their manipulations.
Alas, all of these trends continue apace. If anything, now that Biden has ascended to the presidency, they have accelerated.
The latest shameful example of “fact-checker” manipulation comes out of Biden’s recent town hall and the fact-checkers’ attempt to present Biden’s often absurd and shocking answers in a positive light.
Biden’s Whoppers During His Town Hall, and How the Media Covers for Him
During his town hall on Tuesday night, February 16, Biden said more than a few astonishing and disconcerting things, many of which were absurd and obvious lies. Others were fairly clear betrayals of earlier campaign promises.
For example, Biden claimed that his administration did not have a COVID-19 vaccine to work with when he came to power—a blatant lie. Biden’s exact words were, “It’s one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn’t even have when we came into office, but a vaccinator, how do you get the vaccine into someone’s arm?”
What did the “fact-checkers” say about this? Not to worry, says the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler! This was but “a typical Biden gaffe.”
As one perceptive Twitter user asked Kessler, however, “[H]ow do you determine what’s a verbal stumble and what’s not?”
The answer, of course, is that when the politician in question happens to agree with your political views or those of the organization you represent, his lies are mere “gaffes.” But when the politician disagrees with your political views or those of the organization you represent, his misstatements or verbal stumbles are “lies.”
If Kessler is willing to be so generous to Biden here, why were the members of the corporate press not as generous to Trump when he asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” some votes for him in Georgia? Why did they all scream that Trump was trying to bully Raffensperger into fabricating votes for him when the context revealed that he was doing no such thing?
To ask that question is to answer it.
Again, these days, “fact-checkers” are little more than pro-elite propagandists.