Joe Biden has been on a bit of a run recently, telling a tale about his house supposedly almost burning down as a way to connect with devastated victims in Maui and Florida.
As the story goes, Biden almost lost his wife, his Corvette, and his cat in a towering inferno some years ago in Delaware. In reality, it was a small kitchen fire that was put out within 20 minutes. That’s just one example of the former president’s many tall tales, though. There are so many of them that you’d think the intrepid industry of “fact-checkers” would have a continual pipeline of material.
Unfortunately, that’s not how the press corps works. Instead, what you end up with is years of completely ignoring Biden’s lies followed by the occasional catch-all piece in between election years. Lo and behold, that’s exactly what we just got from Glenn Kessler and The Washington Post.
Fact Checker: Here’s a guide to some of the stories told by President Biden that cannot be verified or are not plausible. https://t.co/d1GNg9WRGg
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 31, 2023
The article is exactly what you’d expect. It’s a pathetic attempt to get on record that “we covered it” while completely glossing over Biden’s falsehoods. In fact, Kessler only uses the word “lie” a single time, and that’s only to describe accusations from others.
Kessler’s choice to include that ridiculous quote from a Biden sycophant, essentially claiming that Bidne’s lies are somehow a positive is your first clue. How many of his Trump fact-checks included quotes from the former president’s most ardent supporters explaining how lying is good actually? I would suspect the answer is none.
Getting into the meat of the article, Kessler’s presentation isn’t much better. For example, here’s what he had to say about a stunning case in which Biden claimed to have given a Purple Heart to an uncle in 2009 who, in fact, died in 1999.
Speaking to veterans in December, Biden recalled how his Uncle Frank fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart but never received it. He said that after he became vice president in 2009, he arranged to present the medal to his uncle with the rest of the family in attendance. But his uncle, Frank H. Biden, died in 1999, a decade before Biden became vice president. Neither his obituary nor tombstone mentions a Purple Heart, awarded when a soldier is killed or wounded while serving.
I don’t know about you, but if I’m a fact-checker and the president claims to have held an in-person ceremony to award a medal to a ghost, I’d be a little more curious. I wouldn’t just leave it at a single paragraph. I’d probably ask for some kind of explanation from the White House. Keep in mind, we had a never-ending stream of thousand-plus word fact-checks written about every random thing Trump said. When it comes to Biden, though, all the lies get shoved into a single article while not actually being labeled as lies.
As another example, here’s how Kessler deals with the oft-repeated Amtrak lie.
There’s a word for making up stories and repeating them no less than ten times. It’s called “lying.” Yet, once again, Kessler goes out of his way to not make any hard and fast accusations while even offering a counter-explanation. You know, because people “mix up” the same person ten times.
Throughout the article, Kessler describes Biden’s stories as “evolving” or not “adding up” as opposed to being “false” or “lies.” That’s as harsh as he manages to get, and it’s obvious why he shoved a litany of lies into a single piece framed in the tamest of ways. He wanted to be able to say he’s fact-checked them when they inevitably become more of an issue during the presidential election.
You may also have noticed if you clicked the link that Kessler completely skipped his “Pinnochio” grading system in which he assigns between one and four “Pinnochios” to denote how egregious a lie is. I’m sure that was just an oversight.