Washington Post Hits the President With Uncommon Rebuke for Repeated False Claims

We have been discussing a collection of false statements made by President Biden about election regulation, border brokers, Second Amendment, gun capability, and quite a lot of private info, together with the entire falsehoods addressed on this weblog earlier. Now, the Washington Post has awarded President Biden a “bottomless Pinocchio” for his repeating of clearly false info — a distinction that he now shares along with his predecessor former President Donald Trump.  For these within the free speech neighborhood, it’s a extremely ironic second given the President’s current protection of censorship as a result of residents want “editors” to inform them what’s actual and what’s not. Indeed, he requested, if we didn’t censor social media, “how will individuals know the reality?”

President Biden is arguably essentially the most anti-free speech president since John Adams. The President typically sounds just like the Censor-in-Chief, together with claiming that social media corporations are “killing individuals” by not partaking in additional sturdy censorship.

Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler listed numerous examples of Biden spreading false claims which have been repeatedly and publicly debunked. You draw this uncommon rebuke should you repeat false statements greater than 20 occasions. That consists of his declare  on assembly with the Chinese chief: “Folks, I spent numerous time — extra time with Xi Jinping than every other head of state. … I’ve traveled 17,000 miles with him.”

The Post additionally famous how the president claimed that he’s liable for seniors getting a rise of their Social Security checks for the primary time in 10 years: “On our watch, for the primary time in 10 years, seniors are going to get the largest improve of their Social Security checks they’ve gotten.” The Post famous “the rationale Social Security funds are going up is as a result of Social Security advantages, beneath a regulation handed in 1972, are adjusted yearly to maintain tempo with inflation.”

The President has additionally continued to say that the Republicans wish to finish social safety, which the Post has beforehand declared to be false.

Despite his personal sample of false statements (some may name it “disinformation”), the President appears most alarmed {that a} single social media platform is transferring to revive free speech protections. For years, Twitter has joined corporations like Facebook in barring or eradicating dissenting views in a few of these similar areas like election reforms. Biden warns that the pubic will merely not know what’s true with out such enhancing of the fabric that they’re allowed to learn.

The President may cite his personal historical past of false statements for example for his name for larger censorship to guard voters. Yet, regardless of his historical past as a serial spreader of disinformation, I’d nonetheless oppose any effort to ban him from social media and even take away his feedback.  It is fake that Republicans wish to finish social safety however others can counter such unhealthy speech with good speech. Readers can discern what’s true and false from their sources and their assist. As proven by the President himself, the governing precept stays “caveat emptor,” or purchaser beware.