Earlier this week, we discussed Joe Biden’s crazy, over-the-top promises regarding the oil and gas industry during the last Democratic debate. He vowed that there would be “no new fracking” after he takes office. He doubled down from there saying that there would be “no ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period. Ends.” That’s a pretty definitive statement, wouldn’t you say?Embrace the healing power of "and."
Well, obviously somebody pulled Joe aside after the debate and let him know that he’d basically just given the election to Donald Trump. His aides quickly got to work walking the statement back and when reporters began asking about it, they were informed that Uncle Joe’s position was unchanged. He only opposed new fracking or drilling on public lands. So was he lying during the debate to make his platform look closer to where the far-left base lives? Not according to the Washington Post’s fact checker. He simply “described his position inaccurately.” (Free Beacon)
A Washington Post fact-checker ruled Thursday that Joe Biden hadn’t lied when he said he supported a fracking ban during Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate. Rather, Biden had simply “described his fracking stance inaccurately.”You can read the WaPo’s “zero Pinocchio” verdict from Salvador Rizzo here. He accused Biden’s critics of “pouncing.” (That never gets old, does it?) Rizzo then went on to cite “clarifications” from Biden’s staff after the debate and coverage in other outlets including the Wall Street Journal saying that his position remained the same as how it’s listed on the campaign website. No new drilling permits on public lands or waters. As a result, there were no Pinocchios awarded because Biden simply “described his fracking stance inaccurately.”
The Post gave Biden “Zero Pinocchios” for saying during the most recent Democratic debate that he opposed fracking entirely. Instead, the paper pointed to the Biden campaign’s explanation that the candidate had “misspoken” and that “his position was the same as ever,” opposing fracking only on public lands.
Meanwhile, the Post criticized those who quoted Biden’s remarks verbatim.
Seeing the Washington Post rush in to save Joe Biden’s bacon probably won’t come as a surprise to many people. But when they’re this obvious about it, things start to get a bit uncomfortable. It’s always possible that someone might “misstate” somebody else’s position. But if you can’t convey your own position correctly, you’re either lying or you lack the mental faculties remember what you’ve been saying for the past year.
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