Recently, Snopes fact checkers found that Joe Biden’s recounting of a story about a U.S. military service member who recovered the body of a fallen soldier was “not false,” even though details, including the location, the date, the branch of the military, the medal and Biden’s own role, were wrong.
A rebuttal came from, among others, former CBS news correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, who noted the double standard vis-a-vis Donald Trump mangling the facts on real occurences. Sharyl Attkisson tweeted to Snopes, saying: “Ok we’ve got it. When certain people tell a false story, it’s not false. It’s true because parts are true. If @realDonaldTrump does the same thing, it’s a malicious lie. #SnopesLogic #Propaganda.”
So, if Joe Biden is at an elementary school and makes a strange claim that 2+2=5 and he is ridiculed for his gaffe, will the crack squad of fact checkers at Snopes find his math “mostly true?” I’m guessing, but with Snopes record of fact checking, it would go something like this: “Biden’s statements are actually ‘mostly true’.” And they’ll explain the gaffe away by saying, “Although Biden got key details wrong, the central concept of what he was saying, that two numbers put together make another number, is completely accurate.” For the crack fact checkers, I guess it’s accurate to say that sometimes two and two make four. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are only three. Sometimes they are all of them at once.
Snopes says on its website, “When misinformation obscures the truth and readers don’t know what to trust, Snopes.com’s fact checking and original, investigative reporting lights the way to evidence-based and contextualized analysis.” It’s a sad state of affairs when their biases distort and fail to tell the truth.
Gerard Del Vecchio