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Elder: Legacy Media Lets Biden's Lies Slide - What a Difference an Administration Makes

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During Donald Trump’s presidency, The Washington Post kept a running tally of his alleged lies and/or misleading statements.

But when Joe Biden became president, the Post’s fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, announced an end to the database operation, saying, “Maintaining the Trump database over four years required about 400 additional 8-hour days over four years beyond our regular jobs for three people.” Looks like supply chain issues at the Post.

So, while the Post continues to fact-check Biden, it discontinued the Trump-era practice of running the tote board because, after all, Biden is not Trump, and the Post undoubtedly expects Biden to be more truthful.

How’s that working out?

Recently, Kessler wrote, “President Biden is a self-described ‘gaffe machine.’ That’s no excuse, of course, for a president making false or misleading statements. Readers have asked for fact checks of a variety of recent Biden statements, but none of them seemed big enough for a stand-alone fact check.” Really?

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Set aside Biden’s decades of falsely claiming, as he did again during the 2020 campaign, that he was “raised in the black church” where, as a teenager, he would meet on Sundays to strategize how to “desegregate movie theaters and restaurants” in Wilmington, Delaware. The New York Times found no evidence of any Biden desegregation activity and congregants of the black church he supposedly attended did not recall seeing him there.

Then there is Biden’s decades-old claim that he was “arrested” in apartheid South Africa while attempting to visit the imprisoned Nelson Mandela. It never happened.

Biden has publicly claimed the truck driver who struck and killed his first wife and young daughter was drunk at the time. But he wasn’t, and the claims brought much dismay to the driver and his family.

As for the precipitous and disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, Biden claimed that no one advised him against it, a claim refuted by two top generals who insisted, under oath, that they advised Biden against the move.

Does the establishment media go easy on Biden?

On at least two occasions Biden claimed that his son Beau died in Iraq. Biden’s son, a military veteran who served in Iraq, died of brain cancer six years after returning home.

In late October, Biden said, “The most common price of gas in America is $3.39. Down from over $5 when I took office.” Two problems: When Biden took office the average price of gas was $2.39, and AAA says the average price on the day he made that statement was $3.76, 37 cents more than what was asserted by Biden.

What of Biden’s recent characterization of his student debt forgiveness program that the Congressional Budget Office estimates will cost $400 billion? Biden, during an online discussion with progressive organization NowThis News in October, said, “It’s passed. I got it passed by a vote or two, and it’s in effect.” Except he signed an executive order, currently under challenge and blocked by a federal appeals court. No Congress, no votes, and not in effect.

After Trump’s election, Democrats and the media raised such concerns about Trump’s mental capacity that the president undertook a cognitive test. Trump then allowed the White House doctor to answer questions from reporters for a full hour, during which the doctor said Trump registered a perfect score.

Despite Biden’s frequent displays of confusion, neither the Democrats nor the media care much about the mental acuity of a commander in chief not named Trump.

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What a difference an administration makes.

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