Said President Joe Biden from his “bully pulpit” last week:
“What I’m worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is. It’s sick. It’s sick,” Biden said. “Deciding that you’re going to end voting at five o’clock when working people are just getting off work!”
Unconscionable! Outrageous! Except that it’s not true. AND it took the news media almost a week to notice. Good job there, Jimmy Olsen! Wouldn’t that have been a good topic for a question at Biden’s first news conference?
When the Washington Post “factchecker” is moved to give a Democratic President “Four Pinocchios,” you know he really must have lied his fool head off. Wrote Glenn Kessler yesterday,
On Election Day in Georgia, polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and if you are in line by 7 p.m., you are allowed to cast your ballot. Nothing in the new law changes those rules.However, the law did make some changes to early voting. But experts say the net effect was to expand the opportunities to vote for most Georgians, not limit them.
That’s sick! It’s…wait, no actually there’s nothing wrong with that, is there?
“One could understand a flub in a news conference,” Kessler writes. “But then this same claim popped up in an official presidential statement. Not a single expert we consulted who has studied the law understood why Biden made this claim, as this was the section of law that expanded early voting for many Georgians. Somehow Biden managed to turn that expansion into a restriction aimed at working people, calling it ‘among the outrageous parts’ of the law. There’s no evidence that is the case.”
He also tells us, “We sought an explanation from the White House for the reason for Biden’s remarks but did not receive an on-the-record response.”
President Trump earned a four-year pummeling as a “habitual liar” for such routine misrepresentations as over-rating his crowd at his inauguration. Virtually all of his “lies” were inconsequential except to his own credibility. This public statement of a false fact by Biden, like Barack Obama’s infamous false promise about the Affordable Care Act, is consequential disinformation, and, as usual, one given a racial spin for good measure.
“What’s going on here?,” as the starting point for Ethics Alarms analysis is usually marked?
Kessler claims to be puzzled, writing, “One could understand a flub in a news conference. But then this same claim popped up in an official presidential statement. Not a single expert we consulted who has studied the law understood why Biden made this claim, as this was the section of law that expanded early voting for many Georgians.”
Gee, Glenn, could it possibly have been that the President thought he could get away with the lie, because his allies in the media would be slow to point it out, if at all? “The Factchecker” quotes an “expert” who theorizes that “Biden may have been briefed on an early version of the bill — ‘there were 25 versions floating around’ — and he did not get an update on the final version.”
Oh! That’s encouraging. The President’s handlers/ventriloquists let the President go on the air and accuse the Republicans of being “sick” and “un-American” based on false information.
Let’s have a show of hands: Will the White House correct this blatant falsehood? If not, then we’ll know what was going on: a deliberate effort to misinform the public.