Joe and Kamala’s Fact-Mangling Debut


The new Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Democratic ticket debuted in Delaware on Aug. 12, followed by the typically frantic partisan sugar-sculpting competition on cable “news.” But MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell took the saccharine prize by claiming that there was not a single false utterance in 35 minutes.

The energetic promoters of “independent fact-checkers” — who want “real-time” fact-checking of President Donald Trump — couldn’t muster any effort to evaluate this thunderclap of leftist rhetoric echoing in a nearly empty high school gym.

Let’s list a few fact-mangling whoppers. Start with Biden.

1. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have given us “four years of mismanagement and coddling of terrorists and thugs around the world,” Biden said. Did Trump “coddle” Abu Bakr al-Baghdad, the leader of the Islamic State group? No, he’s dead. Did Trump “coddle” Iranian terrorist Gen. Qassem Soleimani? He’s dead, too. Biden opposed taking down Osama bin Laden, so he should sit a spell.

2. Trump has no “plan” for the pandemic. He has “no real help for the states and local governments trying to fill the vacuum of leadership from the White House, no real help for children and educators, for small businesses and front-line workers,” Biden said. We didn’t allocate $3 trillion to mitigate the pandemic, aiding governments and businesses and vaccine development?

3. Trump was accused of referring to neo-Nazis and racists when he said, “There are very fine people on both sides” of the 2017 Charlottesville protests. This is transparently false … and yet, fact-checkers like PolitiFact go limp and let Biden unspool this lie. Reporters at the time prodded Trump, and he explicitly condemned the neo-Nazis and racists.

 

4. Trump is "on track to leave office with the worst jobs record of any American president in modern history." In January, FactCheck.org reported, "The economy added 6.7 million jobs, and unemployment fell to the lowest rate in half a century." We're now in a pandemic that shocked the economy, but the economy is recovering. Does anyone think the "fact-checkers" would let a Republican blame the Democrats for the economy if this were to happen under a President Hillary Clinton?

5. Kamala Harris said: "The president's mismanagement of the pandemic has plunged us into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. ... He inherited the longest economic expansion in history ... And then, like everything else he inherited, he ran it straight into the ground." Did Democrats oppose the lockdown kicking and screaming? Shouldn't they share responsibility for it?

6. Harris insisted, "After the most competitive primary in history, the country received a resounding message that Joe was the person to lead us forward." That's a joke. There were a huge number of candidates, but it didn't end up competitive at all, in part because of the pandemic. It certainly didn't match Obama vs. Clinton in 2008.

7. Harris said, "I cannot wait for America to get to know my husband, Doug, and our amazing kids, Cole and Ella." Our? Facebook labels claims like this as having "Missing Context." They're Harris' stepkids from her 2014 marriage to Doug Emhoff, and they're 26 and 21 years old.

8. Speaking of terrible context, Harris tried to compare the coronavirus pandemic to the Ebola outbreak of 2014: "Barack Obama and Joe Biden did their job. Only two people in the United States died. Two. That is what's called leadership." These are apples and oranges in epidemiology. Ebola is much deadlier than the coronavirus. But the spread isn't nearly the same, since Ebola is not infectious until you have symptoms, and you're quickly bedridden.
The nation's most influential newspapers largely skipped over many of these troubling quotes in their accounts. Did that occur because they knew how unfactual these claims were?

Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org.

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26 thoughts on “Joe and Kamala’s Fact-Mangling Debut”

  1. To a Democrat (one who has not woke and walked away),
    Their lies are the new truth and the actual truth is “Hate Speech”.

    1. The sad part is the MSM will not challenge any statements made by Biden or Harris but will challenge every word that Trump says. Are the democrats really that gullible?

    2. I hope the President’s speech writers incorporate these facts in one of his speeches. I get a stomach ache listening to these Democrats lie every chance they get—and shame on Gov.Cuomo . The President jumped threw hoops for him and Cuomo even said how great the President was to him. Cuomo was a big disappointment last night.

      1. But I want to put it on Facebook and Twitter. Not just email because most of my contacts are misinformed democrats.

  2. Yep, I watched this ” debut ” of JOEY & KAMMIE. I couldn’t get over that the look of excitement on her face the entire time on stage was that of ” I’M GOING TO BE PRESIDENT !!! ” ( yuck )

    After years of charting the movements and decisions of KAMALA HARRIS in California, I am totally aware of her bullying and hateful manner, as she strives to dominate every situation. This female is on a POWER TRIP like none other before her … she doesn’t give A DAMN about little Joe Biden, and likely hopes that IF they (?), he (?) — awww, may as well cut to the chase — IF SHE gets elected, she’ll first jettison him and point him back in the direction of HIS BASEMENT. She truly dreams of pulling a “Leonardo DeCaprio moment”, where she can run to the front of the ship and scream to the top of her lungs ” I’M THE KING (whoops, QUEEN) OF THE WORLD ” !

    The problem is, KAMMIE, that ship is THE TITANIC II, and is the United States of America — I pray to all the voters in the U.S. that they will NOT give her that chance ….

    1. I agree that is the case for a good many of them, but I think many of the Democrats are completely fed up with the actions of their do nothing but complain “representatives” in Washington. There are a lot of smart DEMs but they are afraid to buck their establish out loud. Hopefully they will do their speaking at the polls .

  3. Joe and the Hoe ! These erroneous “facts” are truly disgusting. I hope that this sort of thing can be publicized to the leftist crowds in our nation.

    1. Unfortunately the only media sources willing to report the facts and the truth are Fox and talk radio and most of the dems will not watch or listen to these because they do not support their socialist agenda.

  4. wow, watched Larry Lavin Show Sunday night on Fox News. Lavin’s guest gave K Harris’s personal & political History. The lady is not fit for office. She enriched all her friends while a prosecutor & AG in CA which did great harm to all her enemies in a big way. What a nasty, evil person this lady is. Biden a bumbling idiot.Ssome ticket for US president & VP. This is a terrible, scary nightmare

  5. what a pair. they deserve each other. he’s a gaffe machine, and she’s just an ignorant, pathological, liar.

  6. ” A man’s right to work as he will , to spend what he EARNS , to own property , to have the State as SERVANT , and not as MASTER.” Margaret Thatcher
    Kamala , IF SHE and old Joe “wins” , Obama will take the reigns , leading from behind the curtain, while old Joe sits in the big chair. Bill will be second in command followed by Hillary , them Kamala will be de-facto VIVE-Pres. JOE will die in office [courtesy of Hillary} , the crowd cheers and Hillary ASSUMES POST while Kamala is relegated to the wings. Then Civil War breaks out, and the United States , for all intents and purposes dies. Many will die

  7. Only three comments to consider in the future:

    1. What are we going to do legally with Biden & Harris, and all the Liberal Democrat stubble dirt we have read about, after President trump wins his second term? Certainly, many must be jailed for Treason/Sedition or both?

    2. The most serious thought, who will we replace President Trump with on 2024, who will continue to protect the American Constitution, our Freedoms and Ideals ?

    3. How long will the jail sentences be for the Black Lives Don’t Matter & Antifa looters, murderers, rapers. And should we charge their parents for the 100’s of millions of dollars of damage done to our great American cities?

    1. In answer to your #2 question … General Mike Flynn as he has seen the deep state from the inside and will take action to clean the drained swamp.

  8. This Is Fact:

    Kamala Harris is perfect for Biden, both are racist, she uses sex to advance her career, he is a perv. Both lie like a filthy rug, and neither has a moral bone in their bodies.

  9. Guys, & gals, was it not in 2009 when Obama was president that we had the H1N1, Swine flue? Was it Obama that did nothing for six months? Was it not identified in April of 2009? Was it not identified as a public health emergency until October 2009? Was it not a pandemic, with thousands infected? Did not thousands die of the H1N1, swine flue? Do you remember reading that Obama was playing golf, as the people were dying? Do you remember hearing anything, or reading anything about how the lives lost were because Obama did not act fast enough? Do you remember the media blaming Obama for the thousands of lives lost? Does this tell you anything, about how the media reports the truth, no matter who is president? Food For Though

  10. what i want to know is WHO LET JOE OUT OF THE BASEMENT??????? sniffy joe and kammie have knives plunging into the heart of america. WAKE UP DEMOCRATS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. I heard some of what they said and either it was denial or outright lies about the President and no platform except promising what Trump has already given us. Next will be slick Willie Clinton garbaging out of his mouth without talking about his signing of NAFTA which was followed by a million or more heavy industry jobs leaving this country in the space of one and a half years. They have accused POTUS of everything they have done TO us and not WITH us! The past three and three quarter years have shown us the Democrat Bolshevik tactics that they have superseded the law with, substituting their own dictates. “Show trials ” of Stone, Cavanaugh, and conviction of Flynn just like the Kremlin does. The last trial was an attempted impeachment of Trump. I am sick of their weaseling but the many who watch the new “Pravda and Tass ” of CNN and ABC have their heads buried in the sand. I fear for our future as a free Country.

  12. untry butubtryi am 86yrsol dand i love ,this wonderful countrybut i h ave never been more d isgu sted with the horrible lying actions uf then democratc pa ety t,hery dis curmruptionst me ,the thought of joie bid ent alking to russ ia china russia and iran god help us rme ad the book pmrof iles n corruption`joe biden is the most corrupt politia n n the hstory of our countryii

  13. THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP IS FULL OF LIARS WITH NO CONCEPT OF HOW THEIR LIBERAL SOCIALIST POLICIES WOULD DESTROY THE GREATEST CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC EVER CREATED AND THE FREEDOMS AND FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM IT WAS DESIGNED TO PROTECT.

    SADLY THEY’VE ACHIEVED CONTROL OF SO MANY METRO AREAS AND PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEMS IT WILL BE A DIFFICULT CHALLENGE TO GET BACK TO ONE WHICH “REQUIRES” “TRUE EDUCATION” IN VIA REQUIRED COURSES IN.OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC AND THE FREEDOMS AND FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM IT WAS DESIGNED TO PROTECT, PLUS SPECIFIC COURSES IN BUSINESS CREATION AND MANAGEMENT.

  14. THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP IS FULL OF LIARS WITH NO CONCEPT OF HOW THEIR LIBERAL SOCIALIST POLICIES WOULD DESTROY THE GREATEST CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC EVER CREATED AND THE FREEDOMS AND FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM IT WAS DESIGNED TO PROTECT.

    SADLY THEY’VE ACHIEVED CONTROL OF SO MANY METRO AREAS AND PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEMS IT WILL BE A DIFFICULT CHALLENGE TO GET BACK TO ONE WHICH “REQUIRES” “TRUE EDUCATION” WITH REQUIRED COURSES IN.OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC AND THE FREEDOMS AND FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM IT WAS DESIGNED TO PROTECT, INCLUDING SPECIFIC COURSES IN BUSINESS CREATION, FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT.

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