Fact-Checking Biden: Here's What Chris Wallace Let Former VP Get Away With
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While scores of left-wing media outlets and pundits are breaking their backsides and tripping over themselves to fact-check President Trump following his first debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden, we thought it would be appropriate to do the same regarding the former vice president because of a little journalistic principle we like to call “fairness.”
Yes, the president said some things in the heat of battle last night that were not completely true – that’s not new. That said, he’s not the “liar” he’s made out to be, either, and certainly no worse off the that liar-in-chief Barack Obama, who couldn’t tell the truth on a bet.
Biden, on the other hand, just flat-out lied about things, including his earlier positions on issues he was pressed on by both Trump and the president’s other debate opponent, Fox News ‘moderator’ Chris Wallace.
Right out of the gate, one of the first questions that erupted into a food fight was the idea of the Democrats getting rid of the legislative filibuster and packing the Supreme Court if Biden wins and his party retakes control of the Senate. This one doesn’t fall into the category of a “lie” on Uncle Joe’s part. If anything, it’s worse. He flatly said “I’m not going to answer the question.” I’m struggling to remember if any candidate in presidential electoral history has ever done that during a nationally televised debate. Is this similar to Nancy Pelosi’s old playbook on Obamacare when she told us we needed to pass the bill to find out what was in it? You’ll need to elect me to find out what I’ll do as President. That was a stunning moment.
And for the record, his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), mouthed the very same talking point in an "Art of the Dodge" moment where she also refused to say whether the pair plan to pack the courts and ditch the filibuster.
Biden also said he is “not opposed to” President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Cony Barrett to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. That’s not true. In fact, Biden put out a statement shortly after the president announced his nominee that said, in part: “The Senate should not act on this vacancy until after the American people select their next president and the next Congress.”
In 2017, meanwhile, Biden said, “The Constitution says the president shall nominate – not maybe he could, maybe he can’t – he shall nominate. Implicit in the Constitution is that the Senate will act” on said nominees (that’s really not implicit but okay).
Biden went on to fib about a socialist manifesto of sorts that the former VP crafted with his vanquished foe, Sen. Bernie Sanders. Biden said after Trump brought it up, “There is no manifesto.” Really? What’s this 118-page “Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force” thing, then?
He also said he did not support the Green New Deal, that $95-plus trillion boondoggle dreamt up by a former bartender-turned-congresswoman. Only, he does, according to his own campaign website which says, “Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face.”
Speaking of lying, Biden said it was “not true” that his son, Hunter Biden, got $3.5 million from the wife of the Moscow mayor. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee begs to differ.
"I suppose if Uncle Joe wants to dance on the head of a pin here, he could defend that statement by saying that his son’s company (Rosemont Seneca Thornton) received the check. But that’s a distinction without a difference in this case," Shaw writes.
Meanwhile, Wallace was too busy interrupting the president to fact-check Biden on the spot, let alone bring up these issues in the first place.