Posted by Curt on 1 September, 2019 at 10:18 am. 1 comment.


Apparently, the truth and the accuracy of details meant little to the so-called “powerhouse roundtable” on ABC’s This Week. During the latter half of the Sunday show, the panel defended former Vice President Joe Biden after The Washington Post exposed that a war story Biden had been telling for years was actually a tall tale.

But it wasn’t entirely false. As The Post explained and ABC rationalized on Thursday, Biden created the story by conflating several real events into a, sort of, Frankenstein’s monster designed to tug on the heartstrings of listeners. According to The Post, “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.”

But the facts be damned on ABC News.

First up was ABC political director Rick Klein, who said the story “shows the best of Joe Biden and the worst of Joe Biden. It’s him connecting and telling a really compelling story. It’s also him sanding away the edges and conflating things and maybe confusing details.”

Fill-in host and chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz was concerned President Trump could use the false story “against Joe Biden in a credible way”. Klein, making the argument from the perspective of Biden and his supporters, suggested Biden’s lies had a better cause behind them:

I think from Biden’s perspective though, and Biden supporters, they could say: “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.”

Both Raddatz and NPR correspondent Asma Khalid argued that the news story about Biden’s lies wasn’t “resonating” with voters. Khalid talked about how Biden’s supporters were simply brushing off the incident:

I don’t think it resonated at all. And I should preface this by saying I was out with Joe Biden at a Joe Biden evens, so it’s a slice of the electorate. But I specifically wanted to hear from people about this and time after time I was told, you know, “well, I put my foot in my mouth, we all put our foot in the mouth.” There’s a sense that these qualities are almost endearing to voters. There’s a sense that they find him more believable because he makes missteps every so often.

Washington Post national correspondent Mary Jordan was flippant about her own paper’s reporting on Biden’s latest gaffe. She suggested the voters she was talking too were telling her: “Come on, let’s focus on the big stuff, it’s the economy and the character of the leader and the character of the country that we want going forward”.

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