Saying that the establishment media and their oft-touted and supposedly omnipotent fact-checkers are in the tank for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would be an understatement.
The establishment media are shielding Biden from all perceived threats to his victory, which they want and the Washington swamp needs.
So, what line must he cross to find himself in the crosshairs of those fact-checkers?
Biden found out the answer to that question this weekend after he claimed in a speech Sunday that President Donald Trump’s campaign had asked him to produce a list of potential Supreme Court nominees only after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday.
Trump set the standard in 2016 when he released a list of potential high court nominees for the media and voters to scrutinize before he was elected.
He did it again a few weeks ago.
The Trump campaign has been asking Biden for his list for quite some time, but to no avail.
But he resisted and told a fib when he claimed that his chief political rival had only asked him to be transparent about the Democrats’ plan for the Supreme Court following Ginsburg’s death.
“We can’t keep rewriting history, scrambling norms, ignoring our cherished system of checks and balances. That includes this whole business of releasing a list of potential nominees that I would put forward. They’re now saying, after they — after Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, they said, ‘Biden should release his list.’ It’s no wonder the Trump campaign asked that I release the list only after she passed away. It’s a game for them. It’s a play to gin up emotions and anger,” Biden said Sunday in Philadelphia.
CNN published a story on its website noting that Biden’s claim was false.
The network’s fact-checker, Daniel Dale, accurately reported, “This is just wrong. The Trump campaign and Trump himself had repeatedly said prior to Ginsburg’s death that Biden should release a list of prospective Supreme Court nominees.”
Dale added, “When Trump released his latest list on September 9, the Trump campaign’s statement said in its title that ‘Biden must do the same.’ The campaign repeated the demand for a Biden list in a statement on September 17, the day before Ginsburg died.”
He also fact-checked Biden’s claim on Twitter:
Biden falsely said today that “it’s no wonder” the Trump campaign asked him to release a list of prospective Supreme Court nominees “only after she passed away — it’s a game for them.”
Not true. The Trump camp had repeatedly asked prior to Ginsburg’s death.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 20, 2020
Kudos to CNN just this once; the network engaged in journalism.
But Biden wasn’t finished making false statements, and he wasn’t finished being fact-checked by establishment media reporters.
The 77-year-old claimed in the same speech that there is no urgency to confirm a high court justice because the court will not be in session between now and the election.
That statement was so wildly inaccurate that PolitiFact, CNN, ABC News and even NPR rushed to correct the record.
PolitiFact reported: “Biden said, ‘There’s no court session between now and the end of this election.’
“That’s disproven by the Supreme Court’s own website, which lists five days of oral arguments in October and two more in November before the polls close.
“We rate the statement False.”
NPR reporter Arnie Seipel also got involved:
FACT CHECK: Biden said there’s no Supreme Court term until after election. That’s false. First arguments of the new term, as ever, begin the first Monday in October.
Biden also said Trump campaign only started asking for his SCOTUS list after Ginsburg’s death. Not true either.
— Arnie Seipel, NPR (@NPRnie) September 20, 2020
ABC News’ Johnny Verhovek also rushed to correct the record.
“The line in Biden’s speech where he falsely claimed there is no Supreme Court session between now and Election Day is not in the prepared remarks released by his campaign, appears to have been ad-libbed,” he said on Twitter.
The line in Biden’s speech where he falsely claimed there is no Supreme Court session between now and Election Day is not in the prepared remarks released by his campaign, appears to have been ad-libbed
— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) September 20, 2020
It’s not going to help the credibility of the fact-checkers at this point, but it’s nice to see them checking facts.
Biden really stepped in it to receive this amount of attention.
Indeed, the Supreme Court will convene beginning on Oct. 5 for the first of seven days of oral arguments and three days in conference before the election.
On Nov. 3, which is Election Day, the court will hear Jones v. Mississippi, an Eighth Amendment case involving a juvenile and life sentencing.
Those are listed on the Supreme Court calendar leading up to the election.
The court might need to convene to rule on potentially fraudulent mail-in ballots.
For such a scenario, it would need to have nine justices seated.
Republicans must fill the open seat, which they intend to do.
Until then, it would be nice if the establishment media’s so-called fact-checkers would continue to apply the same scrutiny they showed Biden on Sunday.
Before the volley of tweets correcting Biden, about the only things missing from this wild election season have been fair fact-checkers and Bigfoot.
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