by Brad Slager
It is no longer even a debatable point. The media complex in this country having a particular political bent has been apparent for some time now, but even by the low standards set by the news industry, they are delving even deeper into the bias swamp. The latest example has hit close to home base here, as the reporters of rectitude at Politifact decided to target our partner site Townhall.com with their brand of redress, and the pathetic display speaks to so many of the problems in the press.
It was some grand amusement when this past Sunday the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank came out with a fact-defying column that claimed the press has been acting tougher towards Joe Biden than they had treated Donald Trump. That anyone even dared take this seriously was astounding, but his laugher of a column was mocked instantly and lasted all of 24 hours.
This was because, on Monday, a report came out that the White House was gathering important newsmakers together to formulate a better way of reporting on Joe Biden’s economy. That those in the press participating had no questions about this action, nor shame in willful PR efforts speaks volumes. Behold, as CNN’s Oliver Darcy does not even think to question this move and instead speaks glowingly about how well the conference went.
It is in this exact fashion that the allegedly neutral/unbiased/objective truth-savants at Politifact leaped into action on Joe Biden’s defense in reference to our partner site Townhall.com. What got them hot and lathered was a clip of Joe Biden speaking. That is it. On the TH Twitter feed, they displayed a video of a Joe Biden speech when he made an appearance in Missouri.
Note at first, there is no commentary nor interpretation offered. Joe is simply directly quoted, and the video is displayed of his speaking those very words. This however sparked a reaction from the White House PR division. Mike Gwin is the White House Rapid Response Director, and he carped about the tweet sent by Townhall. Gwin suggested that deception was in play, due to five words not being included in the video provided.
Then, right on cue, Politifact suddenly took on the cause, on behalf of the administration. The fact-checking site contacted Townhall.com regarding the tweet and demanded a comment. As Spencer Brown wrote of this exchange, Politifact acknowledged that the source of their inquiry was the White House. Cute. What follows is either a comedy of pathetic reporting or a disturbing example of the media simping for the administration.
It is likely both; call it a laughably sad display.
In its ensuing report on the matter, Politifact has to resort to a number of now-familiar ploys for fact-checkers to use to arrive at a conclusion that alters the perception of the facts. One of these is the application of supposed ‘context’, something they pathetically use immediately, as that appears right there in the headline. Already you sense the rabbit hole of interpretation into which we are about to descend. Their deception begins with this fractured sentence, from paragraph number two.
The shortened clip they’re circulating make [sic] it seem as though Biden said the high prices at the gas pump in recent months are what Americans should be paying, or that they should pay more.
For Politifact writer and White House minion Bill McCarthy to “correct” Townhall, he has to first import suggestions that were never made, in practiced strawman fashion. Again, look at the original Townhall tweet. There is nothing but Joe Biden’s direct words. McCarthy is the one doing the interpreting, with “make it seem” used for him to take corrective action.
Next, McCarthy directly echoes the effort of Mike Gwin, saying that the phrase, “not being gouged for gas” needs to be added to properly alter the message.
The full video of Biden’s speech shows him saying something different — that he wants to make sure that Americans are “not being gouged for gas.”
How exactly does this show him saying anything different? Later Politifact claims that this omission left a misleading impression of Biden suggesting people need to absorb this price. Let me walk you through this, Bill. Joe Biden was the person who used the words “paying their fair share”, the very phrase that his party has used for generations in regards to taxes and other confiscatory payouts by the citizens to his party. If you have an issue with that being misinterpreted then take it up with President Malaprop and his PR wizard Mike Gwin.
Here is what is so revealing about this Politifact sycophantic report; McCarthy’s piece rambles further on about the video clip, but never are actual facts addressed in this fact-check. This entire entry is McCarthy harping on the alleged syntax error changing meaning. What about those actual gas prices, Bill? You want Biden to get proper praise for the price dropping about $0.07 when he gave this speech, but there is no mention that the per-gallon price is still parked at levels not seen since Joe was Vice President — well over a dollar higher than one year ago. Maybe that is a more important context to provide to readers, maybe?
But then let’s peer over that five-word phrase that is supposedly so important. If price gouging at the pumps is taking place, what is being done and who is behind it? These seem like details that could stand to be checked, you know, with facts. Gouging is something that takes place in crisis situations. It is an illegal economic practice, and the offenders should be identified and punished. Except this is not an isolated occurrence.
We are not seeing targeted spikes by select companies or limited to specific regions, say in response to a natural disaster. This is an industry-wide and cross-country increase due to market forces, and it reflects the sharp rise in prices seen in all industries. Inflation is at a level not seen in 40 years; the Consumer Price Index has not jumped like this since 1982. Pretending the gas price increase is taking place in an economic vacuum and is the result of some bad actors in the oil industry is a complete delusion on the part of Joe Biden and his administration lackeys.
Politifact is a far left propaganda site for democrats. They are the least accurate source for checking the real facts. biden lies constantly.
Does a little voice in your head tell you what to say?
Does a little voice in your head tell you what to say?
No its nearly 50 years of Joe lying.
He was a big rig driver.
His house burned down.
Scholarships, top of his class.
Wartime meeting with former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir to serve as a liaison during the Six-Day War.
The oft repeated AmTrac mileage lie.
Didn’t know of Hunters business activities.
Joe is so racist he would’nt sit next to his own VP at Doles funeral had Jill swap positions.
That’s not why he changed seats. He couldn’t see the clock from his original seat and Jill took his watch from him for the funeral.
You and your fellow Leftists love those “little voices”, given your penchant for pedophila.
CNN staffer arrested for more of the same.
Biden, Epstein, Toobin….
You’re all a bunch of pedophile perverts.
No greggie, for those of us who have read extensively, encountered many personal events without bias and engage in critical thinking we have developed our subconscious mind to work almost continuously to look at events, statements and past activities. For people who have trained themselves this way, there is no small voice that tells one what to say when nothing adds up. There are bells and whistles that go off in one’s head until the in-put to the brain is reorganized to make sense. Then a hypothesis is formed that is carefully tested. That is when the screaming in one’s head starts and verbalization begins.
This happened to the Chief of police in Chicago when 2 MAGA men were accused of taking racist action. He looked at facts, it was -40 wind chill, yet an actor went out at 2AM to get a sandwich. After being attacked, he still retained the sandwich as well as the rope that was supposedly placed around his neck. The trip to the Subway was not a routine trip, so no one would be expected to be waiting for him in the severe cold in the middle of the night. For people who have undergone training like this, the story could be nothing but false. When the police arrested the two black men, not white men who were blamed for the event. The police then proved that the story was just a racist lie.
Yes greggie, people who so not feel comfortable being the village idiot choose careers that requires their brain activity to expand through extensive use of their subconscious mind to process in-put and aid the conscious mind in problem solving. Some people call this critical thinking, a skill that cannot tolerate bias. I know critical thinking is strange for you greggie. Most everything you write is laced with bias showing your lack of critical thinking. If you research what I just wrote using words I hoped you would understand, You will find there are thousands of studies that support my comments.
EVERY leftist conspiracy lie that is conjured up, Greg promotes enthusiastically, without hesitation. Every one of them collapses and he never acknowledges the lie he promoted or exhibits the slightest measure of caution in endorsing the following leftist conspiracy lie.
But Greg is merely EveryLiberal; a representative of the left. They all follow like brain-dead sheep every false accusation the liberal mind can conceive because they are programmed to HATE that which is not totally leftist but need to be constantly incited to hate with lies.
greg is a useful idiot of the left. It his case it is not stupidly or ignorance. He is a victim of the propaganda of the left and he is unable to free himself from that bondage. He does not know what he believes but thinks his view represents a majority. It does represent a majority, the left coast and the northeast of the USA along with Illinois.
Beyond those areas, his view is not even close to a 16% shared opinion.
greg is a foil to toss about and laugh at, aside from that his contribution is insignificant.
You spelled fool wrong, it isnt F O I L
Two out of every three Americans lives within 100 miles of the nation’s borders. The heartland is the home of only one-third. 83 percent of the entire population live in the nation’s urban areas.
That means idiot Biden’s stupid, illegal, unconstitutional and deadly open border policies affect two-thirds of Americans and idiot Biden’s approvals for his border policies is the lowest of all. Oooo…. that’s not a good omen for 2022 and 2024. But… he’s YOUR idiot.
And our founders made sure we all get fair representation, and not the “Tyranny of the Majority.”
Go read some more, and talk less.
Imagine the line for a Biden event. Oh that’s right there wouldn’t be one. Biden’s the guy who has to hang a pork chop around his neck to get the dog to play with him.
Biden Delivers Global Warming Word Salad in Remarks on Deadly Kentucky Twisters
“Pretending the gas price increase is taking place in an economic vacuum and is the result of some bad actors in the oil industry is a complete delusion on the part of Joe Biden and his administration lackeys.” They are simply used to being able to lie and never be held accountable. Idiot Biden was on Fallon getting his butt kissed (hopefully his butt had been wiped) and lied about his $4 trillion debt increaser being completely paid for (he missed it by only $3 trillion). Of course, suck-ass Fallon doesn’t question it. Democrats have to lie; it’s as life sustaining as breathing.
We get shitty Democrats destroying the country because of the corrupt media.
Even ABC/IPSOS Cannot Manipulate Polls Heavily Enough to Protect Joe Biden from His Pro-crime and Hyper-Inflation Policies
ABC/IPSOS are trying hard, very hard, to provide cover for Joe Biden. [IPSOS Release Here – pdf data Here] However, even within what they call a “probability-based sample of pre-selected” Americans, aka “the knowledge panel“, the responses toward Joe Biden show a nationwide rejection of the White House occupant.
A heavily weighted sample of 28% support Biden’s efforts on inflation. The rest of their pre-selected panel say he sucks.
Another weighted sample shows 36% think Biden is doing a good job on crime. The rest of their pre-selected panel say no, Biden sucks.
(Via ABC) President Joe Biden is facing significant skepticism from the American public, with his job approval rating lagging across a range of major issues, including new lows for his handling of crime, gun violence and the economic recovery, a new ABC/Ipsos poll finds.
[…] More than two-thirds of Americans (69%) disapprove of how Biden is handling inflation (only 28% approve) while more than half (57%) disapprove of his handling of the economic recovery.
[T]he survey also reveals weaknesses from Biden’s own party with only a slim majority of Democrats (54%) approving. Biden’s orbit is also hemorrhaging independent voters, with 71% disapproving of his handling of inflation.
[…] As the national murder rates see historic jumps, only a little more than 1 in 3 Americans (36%) approve of Biden’s handling of crime, down from 43% in an ABC News/Ipsos poll in late October. (read more)
The White House strategy to deny chaos created by their policies, and yet demanding that media report good things about Main Street collapsing, does not seem to be working. Apparently, an overwhelming majority of Americans now believe what they see and feel for themselves.
Bottom line, biden is a total failure
75% of Americans would rather be stuck in a elevator full of mule farts than listen to an idiot Biden speech. Must be why CNN is calling in reinforcements.
Hope he wears gloves when he shakes Toobin’s hand. I guess Wallace wants to start a new career in sexual harassment.
Do you want to know how and why you’ve been manipulated?
The Game Is Rigged – This is the story of how a small but powerful elite conspired to rig the system by turning the American economy into a casino where they always win, while the rest of us lose: