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."— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 20, 2020
Not true. The Trump camp had repeatedly asked prior to Ginsburg's death.
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.— Arnie Seipel, NPR (@NPRnie) September 20, 2020
Biden also said Trump campaign only started asking for his SCOTUS list after Ginsburg’s death. Not true either.
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