An Excusing Frenzy for Biden’s Fact Mangling


By L. Brent Bozell III

The Washington Post caused an uproar inside the media when it reported that former Vice President Joe Biden told a “moving but false” war story at a campaign stop in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Aug. 23. He told 400 people he’d been asked to travel to the Kunar province in Afghanistan to recognize the heroism of a Navy captain but the captain protested that he didn’t deserve it.

Biden even boasted of his own bravery. Some told him he shouldn’t go, he said, but “We can lose a vice president. We can’t lose many more of these kids. Not a joke.” He added: “God’s truth. My word as Biden.”

It wasn’t God’s truth. It was a fabrication.

The Post checked the records and concluded: “In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.”

Biden went to Kunar province in 2008 before he was vice president, The Post says. The Navy captain he met was actually a 20-year-old Army specialist, Kyle White. Biden never pinned a medal on White but watched then-President Obama do so in 2014. Biden did pin a medal on a man who didn’t want the medal, but that was an Army staff sergeant, Chad Workman, in 2011.

This was no “gaffe.” It was either (a) a trail of gaffes indicating Biden has lost his marbles or (b) a lie. Which is it, and how serious is this? The media’s answers were predictable.

We should be impressed that The Post actually reported this story, but the usual spin quickly fell into place to offset the indictment. Those are just more legendary Biden gaffes, and they’re so endearing, and he’s no Trump.


ABC News Political Director Rick Klein: "Look, when the vice president does it, it is to make a point in a more artful way, perhaps, and to connect with people in a genuine way. When Donald Trump does, it's often to demean and belittle."

Former NBC News senior producer Shawna Thomas (now with Vice News): "When Trump lies, it's about Google and Google changing votes and making you scared about things. When Joe Biden lies, it's about trying to say he's going to be commander in chief and he understands heroism."

NBC's Chuck Todd dragged in former President Ronald Reagan to aid Biden: (T)here's a part of Biden that feels more Reaganesque that way. You're like, 'Oh, it's Grandpa. It's Uncle Joe.' Whatever that is. 'Eh, let the old man do it.'"

That one's priceless. The media were not generous to Reagan. In 1983, then-NBC anchor Tom Brokaw told Mother Jones magazine that Reagan didn't understand "the enormous difficulty a lot of people have in just getting through life, because he's lived in this fantasy land for so long."

They blasted Reagan throughout his entire career. "Reaganesque" meant "insane" or "senile" or evil" or any combination of those words.

Peter Hamby, a CNN political reporter for eight years, explicitly lobbied his colleagues to spike this entire narrative: "Biden's gaffes really only showcase what we've known about him for a long time — that he makes gaffes. Compared to the horror show coming out of Trump's mouth on a near-daily basis, who cares?"

"Who cares?" indeed. For decades now — and especially when Biden was vice president — the media have downplayed and ignored Biden's gaffes and misstatements and lies. This whole energetic frenzy of excuse manufacturing once again underlines the fraudulent media's boast that they are "facts first" and care most deeply about "the truth."

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14 thoughts on “An Excusing Frenzy for Biden’s Fact Mangling”

  1. Biden lied before, during and after his time in office as a Congressman, Senator and the VP.
    These are not “gaffs”, they are fabricated lies!
    His entire life and career have been lies.
    The “left” keeps trying to turn the story toward Trump, when it should be full steam ahead for Biden and the Ukraine and his son.

  2. Is it worse now in Washington under the Socialcrats? Yes-but with a big disclaimer—the Republicans let them get away with it because they love the power.prestige and the money more than they love the country!

    1. Somehow even when proven to clearly be a democrats wrong doing over anything .It somehow , always gets spun into the the fault of the republicans. I guess hating Trump more than ,loving your country .refusing to do the job you were elected to do. By not addressing the real issues this country faces. By only focusing your every resource on impeaching a president who has committed no crime. squandering our security and our tax dollars .All designed to win an election. that is not a power grab ,or a cover up. That is the republicans fault for electing a president that actually loves this country/

  3. I think ol joe is a Liar , just like warren , hitlery , obammy , Pelosi, Schumer , schitt ,and So many democrats . They’ve got dirty dealings going on with criminal countries and for that reason they think it’s ok to destroy ours . There’s No Morals ! They think of Only 2 things , to take control of this Country and Take Away Our Freedoms ! Their kind ( and the Rinos ) are Not to work for the American Citizens but to remake America into the shithol s their districts are . They have Always put down the African Americans since the slave days and now they see those votes slipping away and so they Have to create divisedness and hate to break apart Our Country . They know that the majority of Americans are Not buying their Socialist agenda and think biden doesn’t “ seem “ as radical so they try to defend him , but Bidens Stupidity And Greed is biting him in the a@s ..

  4. He fits in well with the yarns spun by Warren, Booker, and Hillary. I guess it’s a
    characteristic of the liberal mind. I think in Biden’s case it is a sign of onset of
    dementia. I remember worrying about Reagan in his second term. Perhaps it
    was inculcated in me by the constant harassment he took from the hostile
    media. In this case, (Biden) we could be in serious trouble if he should gain the
    Presidency and then decline rapidly before our eyes and the eyes of the world.

  5. I have dealt with many psychologically disturbed people over the years. For example, I have become very familiar with malignant narcissism. However, I am at a loss to come up with a psychologial diagnosis of what ails the democrats. If any knowlegeable person out there has a succinct answer to this question, please respond to this website. Perhaps a well known psychiatrist, the late Scott Peck, M.D., who wrote “People of the Lies”, said it best. After years of psyciatric practice he postulated that some patients are so maniacal in there ways that only one diagnosis describes them: evil. They are consumed by evil.

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