“has been digitally edited to include music usually played by an ice cream truck”
The esteemed news service Reuters has taken it upon itself to clarify that an obvious joke meme of President Biden getting distracted by an ice cream truck is not real.
Where would we be as a nation without the geniuses of the fact-checking community in the media?
Do you honestly believe anyone would be fooled by this?
When you hear that oh so familiar sound 🎵🎶 pic.twitter.com/8TQkDG912m
— @stevenvoiceover (@stevenvoiceover) September 10, 2021
Fact Check-Video does not show Biden being distracted by music from an ice cream truck
Social media users are sharing a video of U.S. President Joe Biden walking away momentarily during a speech given by U.S. First Lady Jill Biden and claiming that he was distracted by an ice cream truck. The video being shared, however, has been digitally edited to include music usually played by an ice cream truck…
The original video was posted on C-SPAN (here) on Sept. 10, 2021 with the caption: “President Biden and first lady Jill Biden spoke at Washington, D.C.’s Brookland Middle School about the coronavirus pandemic and keeping children safe. The president urged parents to get their children vaccinated if they were eligible.”
At around the 01:35 mark, Biden can be seen walking out of frame and returning a few seconds later, but no ice cream truck can be seen in the video nor can any music be heard.
The article concludes with their declaration that the video was “altered.”
Did we really need Reuters to figure this out?
Thanks, Reuters. I never would have realized that this joke meme wasn't real without your guidance. https://t.co/UAFB4VC3Pr
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) August 1, 2022
The New York Post liked my comment so much, that they quoted me:
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) August 2, 2022
Is this really what our media has been reduced to?
A video of U.S. President Joe Biden walking away momentarily during a speech given by U.S. First Lady Jill Biden has been digitally edited to include music played by an ice cream truck https://t.co/c4KravJu6e pic.twitter.com/P1DadplRkW
— Reuters Fact Check (@ReutersFacts) July 31, 2022
They actually fact-checked this. Holy cow. https://t.co/gZ0DpjY78O
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) August 1, 2022
"Our choice of material to fact check is broad, and is based on the following criteria:
Could the material potentially cause real-world harm, if it is inaccurate?"
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) August 1, 2022
I wouldn't even know about this funny joke if our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the press hadn't "fact-checked" it. https://t.co/e33iUVSAAS
— jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) August 1, 2022
The always brilliant Ace of Spades notes that this is a bigger issue than it seems at first glance:
The “Fact” Checkers Are Busy “Fact” Checking Jokes About Biden
Weird. Steven Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and all the rest of the Unfunny Clowns tell 50 unfunny “jokes” with false premises — which are “factually untrue,” in fact-checking terms — per day, and these are cited all day long by the media and promoted by Twitter and FaceBook.
With no “fact” checks.
But the minute a conservative tells a joke, the totally neutral-and-not-politically-biased “fact” checkers swarm the joke to let everyone know it’s “false,” which is the justification then for suppressing the post and limiting its reach.
There’s a specific toggle in “the algorithm” that stops “misinformation” from being shared, so if you just call all conservative jokes “misinformation,” you stop people from sharing conservative jokes.
Ace makes an excellent point. Remember that the decidedly progressive parody news site “The Onion” ran outrageous political stories for years and never got ‘fact-checked’ by the media.
Yet the minute the conservative “Babylon Bee” parody news site began gaining traction on social media, they were subjected to regular fact checks.
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