The WaPo’s Factchecker Suddenly Discovers That Joe Biden Lies A Lot

Donald Trump, as the media kept reminding readers and listeners, engaged in a virtually non-stop stream of “lies,” and this became a theme of its Axis of Unethical Conduct duties of undermining the Trump Presidency. There was never any question about the fact that Donald Trump’s relationship with truth, facts, reality, history, promises, assertions, choices of words, opinions, and everything in between, has always been a matter of his mood, purpose and convenience. Sometimes he lies, sometimes he exaggerates, sometimes he forgets, sometimes he spins—it’s exhausting following him, really, and no question about it, public officials and figures who ask for and must have the public trust can’t communicate like that: it’s unethical, whether we are talking about competence, fairness, responsibility—it doesn’t matter. It’s wrong. However, the news media and Trump’s political opponents, once they realized the man’s habits and proclivities, decided it was advantageous to call anything Trump said that could be challenged or disagreed with a “lie.” The Washington Post, in particular, had a ball with this approach, and created a running database of all of Trump’s “lies.” Trump, of course, made their job easy because, vie Twitter, he made more statement, many of them off the cuff, than any five U.S. Presidents in our history combined.

Or maybe it’s three. Or seven. I was estimating. If Trump said that, the Washington Post would label it a lie.

Does President Biden lie as often as Trump did? I don’t know: it’s close, but you wouldn’t know that by reading and watching the mainstream media…or the Washington Post. Nobody set up a database of Biden’s lies. They were just “gaffes,” you see, because old Joe has always been confused. Or they were “mistakes.”

This approach willfully ignores the fact, and this is a fact, that Joe Biden engaged in the most egregious instance of a political candidate lying in U.S. history, when he plagiarized an Irish politician’s speech about his life story and presented it as his own. If you want to argue that the politicians who have inflated their resumes, like Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who lied about his military combat service, or Clinton crony and former N.M. Governor Bill Richardson, who for years claimed that he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals, were more ethical, I’ll debate that point. Using someone else’s life’s journey as your own ranks as signature significance on my scale. Biden is a proven, habitual, serial liar, as bad or worse than Bill Clinton or, I believe, Donald Trump if we are talking about lies of substance.

Never mind: most of Biden’s lies, even some of the mots outrageous, have been ignored by the mainstream media. The Post’s Factchecker, Glenn Kessler wrote this week, “Readers have asked for fact checks of a variety of recent Biden statements, but none of them seemed big enough for a stand-alone fact check.” Oh. Did they just go into the Biden lie database, then? That’s right, there is no Biden lie database. And on “The Factchecker’s” archives, there is no search function and no way to search for “Biden.” You will not find there any “Factcheck” of Biden’s highly dubious assertions (lies if Trump had made equivalent claims) during his two pre-election “Republicans are a clear and present danger to democracy” speeches for example. Stating that he attended a “historically black college” while addressing an African American audience? Nah, just a mistake. Saying twice that Beau was killed in Iraq? Picky picky!

Then, out of the blue, Kessler hits Biden two days ago with a “Bottomless Pinocchio”, reserved for lies a President repeats 20 times during his presidency. This, Biden’s first, was his claim that he had traveled more with Chinese dictator Xi Jinping “than any other head of state. … I’ve traveled 17,000 miles with him.” This then gave Kessler an opportunity to use this rather inconsequential lie to remind readers that Trump accumulated 56 Bottomless Pinocchios, all listed here. See? Trump is so much worse than Joe. (Biden is kept in the basement and only let off his leash in highly controlled situations; he doesn’t tweet himself, and he gives few interviews. Given how seldom he speaks in public, it’s amazing that he gets out as many lies as he does.)

Then Kessler decided to note some of the Biden “gaffes” that the Post didn’t consider worth mentioning, like the claim that he had lower gas prices from the $5 a gallon they were when he took office–just a gaffe!—and his claim that Congress passed his illegal student loan forgiveness Executive Order— Oops! Misspoke there!—as well as the quickly memory-holed claim that he was responsible for the upcoming cost of living increase in Social Security, which was already built into the system—just an honest mistake, of course!

Now that those are out of the way, Kessler can get back to ignoring Joe’s regular lies, and remember, Trump was the real liar. Watch out for that guy!

Here’s the funny part: Kessler was excoriated by Post readers even for this disingenuous, calculated, partisan, inoculating criticism of Biden’s routine distortions. This is typical of the more than 3000 comments:

“This Biden bashing article from the WAPO is nothing more than a pathetic and outrageous display of yellow journalism and back stabbing a day before the election. Any claim to integrity in journalism Wapo once had – now clearly right down the drain.”

Integrity means knowing and hewing to the Post’s true function: promoting the agenda and interests of the Democratic Party. Integrity!

5 thoughts on “The WaPo’s Factchecker Suddenly Discovers That Joe Biden Lies A Lot

  1. I accept the fact that some of Biden’s lies are indeed gaffes — spoken off the cuff by a memory- and IQ-challenged individual. But little of his in-person statements are in fact off the cuff: he is carefully managed by a cadre of aides who will have him say literally anything — ridiculous or not — to advance a WOKE agenda.

    This does not excuse him, however, because, well gee, he is President of the United States. His politics stink, his mental acuity questionable, and we have a long road ahead of us with this man. The extent to which the Congress and Judiciary can keep him in check will mean much to the health and even survival of this nation until his term is over.

  2. I don’t trust the motives of the Washington Post one bit. I think this effort by the Washington Post is an intentional false flag operation intended to deceive the public into perceiving their journalism as non-partisan while they continue to launch a broad side attacks against Republicans. The narrative they are fabricating is a false one so they can continue to get away with their pure partisan immoral propaganda against Republicans without having to defend themselves, they’ll use this as some kind of “see how non-partisan we are” rationalization. They must have a couple of psychological propagandists on their staff.

    I’ve been saying for a while now that, “The political left has shown its pattern of propaganda lies within their narratives so many times since 2016 that it’s beyond me why anyone would blindly accept any narrative that the political left and their lapdog media actively push?”

    Remember Barack Obama’s words calling “progressive” activists to action during his Presidential campaign in 2008, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Well folks we are in the midst of that change Obama talked about and that change is directly into totalitarianism and they’re willing to do anything and everything they can to implement their irrational change.

    The political left has been getting away with plastering outlandish misrepresentations, pure disinformation and brazen lies with their immoral campaign of anti political right propaganda narratives since well prior to 2016. I ask anyone; why would the political left stop their immoral tactics after they’ve been politically rewarded for their efforts by electing President Biden and giving them political majorities in both the House and the Senate? They have absolutely no intention whatsoever of changing their ways when their ways gets them the power they so rightfully deserve. Remember, the Democrats goals are pure as the driven snow and the Republicans goals are pure evil.

    Here is the current progressive Democrat’s four tenants of “truth”…

    1. The Democrats are right.
    2. Everyone else is wrong.
    3. Wrong is evil.
    4. Evil must be destroyed.

    …that’s the dead end of the 21st century progressive Democrat’s ability to think critically.

    If the Democrats happen to loose their majorities in the House and/or the Senate after this election, it’s just a momentary hiccup in their long-term goals of one party totalitarian rule. They will continue to chip away at the edges of the status quo and reality with their immoral gaslighting propaganda and continue to intentionally undermine the United States Constitution (which they hate) from the top down with their illegal use of non-government proxies to do their bidding of systematically squashing the rights of the people until the Constitution is nothing but an unenforceable quaint anecdote of history.

    People have been, and are being, indoctrinated into hating the United States, yes they literally hate (feel intense or passionate dislike for) the United States and everything it stands for. They hate that the 1st Amendment applies to everyone and they’ll go out of their way to socially silence the free speech of those they disagree with, they hate ethical journalism that presents all the facts and lets the people decide and instead promote activist journalism that only supports one ideological viewpoint, they hate the concept of innocent until proven guilty and actively argue against it – it’s guilt by accusation and guilty until proven innocent for them, they hate the justice system and anyone or anything that supports it because it doesn’t support their belief of guilt by accusation, they hate civility and are clearly in favor of social chaos, they hate the police and want to smear them and defund them, they hate anyone that opposes their ideological hive mind and try to socially cancel all opposition, they hate a Constitution that dares to allow others to oppose their hive mind, they hate that our basic freedoms allow some people to make more money than others – they want to take money from the rich and give to the poor, they hate equality in favor of equity, they hate that their opposition has any rights whatsoever – they believe in rights for me but not for thee, they hate the fact that equal opportunity doesn’t equate to equal outcomes, they hate our system of education and are actively doing everything they can to bastardize it into ideological indoctrination training, they hate that all our history (both good and bad) make us what we are today, they hate, Hate, HATE and they want you to hate right along with them and if you don’t then you’re considered evil. The goal of these chaotic hate filled anti-America extremists is to fundamentally change this nation into a hive minded totalitarian nation where the immoral totalitarians control nearly every aspect of your life and thoughts. These immoral totalitarians are no longer hiding in the dark sub-culture outcast corners of our nation, they’re out in the mainstream of society controlling everything from our teachers and school boards to local, state and national politics.

    These people that I’m talking about (not all Democrats but apparently a progressive leaning majority) are an irrational totalitarian horde of rather stupid people. Seriously; what happens to liberty and the Constitution if this irrational totalitarian horde of stupid people get their way of one party rule? When you drop a rock it falls until it meets an overwhelming opposing force that causes it to stop, the irrational totalitarian horde of stupid people have already slipped off their slippery slope and are free falling into an abyss of Orwellian styled totalitarianism and socially canceling brown shirt styled fascism and we need an overwhelming opposing political force to stop it. The public needs to step out from behind their safety net and openly recognize this immoral movement for what it really is, it’s pure anti-American.

    “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” Benjamin Franklin

  3. I’ve never been as disheartened by the outcome of an election as I am this time. It’s not that the side I wanted win ended up losing (or falling below expectations). Rather, it’s because if what this outcome means. The fact that the Dems will not be held accountable for all that they did the last 2-3 years means one or more of: 1) the system is so rigged (by the Dems’ and their operatives’ efforts to “fortify” elections) that they will have huge inherent advantage in every election going forward; 2) that the voters, on the aggregate, are just that stupid and easily manipulated, and it will only get worse as the millennials and Gen Zs become larger as a voting group; and 3) that the GOP brand has become so toxic and tarnished (some because of the actions of Trump and some Pubs, but mostly due to seemingly successful nonstop propaganda by the Dems, their operatives on social media, and most of news media).

    If HR1 (or something like it) ever passes we will turn into one-party state with fake democratic veneer

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