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Super Serious News Service Reuters Fact-Checks Obvious Joke Meme About Biden

Super Serious News Service Reuters Fact-Checks Obvious Joke Meme About Biden

“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?

Reuters does:

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?

The New York Post liked my comment so much, that they quoted me:

Is this really what our media has been reduced to?

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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The Gentle Grizzly | August 2, 2022 at 1:16 pm

In defense of Roto-Reuters, this is Joe Biden we’re talking about…!

(When my age was measured in single digits, I wondered: if the ice cream man turned on the music while driving 45 mile per hour, would the music play faster, go up several octaves, or both?)


 
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nordic prince | August 2, 2022 at 1:19 pm

Oh ffs – just because the rabid leftist Ds are stupid enough to completely miss the obvious satire/sarcasm doesn’t mean the rest of us are brain dead.

Just goes to show how infantilized they think we are.


 
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number crunch | August 2, 2022 at 1:32 pm

By definition, half the population has below average intelligence and needs this video fact checked for them. All Reuters has done is to question the intelligence of the other half – which just so happens to be the people who read Reuters.

Ah, the feeling you get when the mainstream media finally tells you what they think of you. Just sit back, shut up and let us tell you what you should believe.


 
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Fat_Freddys_Cat | August 2, 2022 at 1:53 pm

They really can’t stand it when we laugh at them.

The experts at Rooter’s are on the case
Of president Joe and the ice cream truck chase
Who like Pavlov’s dog
With his brain in a fog
Had visions of ice cream and stuffing his face

And they don’t bother to address the thing that worries us much more than Joe wandering off after an ice cream truck, and that is, just what in heck IS he wandering off for?

If someone wanted to tell the President something in that sort of situation, usually an aide will walk up and whisper to him or hand him a note. They don’t call him off to the side for a bit, as if he’s just some regular Joe.

It would be less disturbing if an aide had told him once he wandered away, “No sir, that truck is still blocks away. Please go back and stand by your wife, and I’ll send Mike to get you a drumstick.”


 
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Peabody | August 2, 2022 at 2:15 pm

Hey, they fact checked the Babylon Bee for a year and a half before someone explained it to them.

Person of Democrat


 
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Colonel Travis | August 2, 2022 at 2:22 pm

Why is DOCTOR Jill not wearing a mask and the two poor saps by her side are?


 
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rhhardin | August 2, 2022 at 2:24 pm

My Doberman Vicki was similarly affected
https://flickr.com/photos/rhhardin/3932093799


 
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Formerly known as Skeptic | August 2, 2022 at 2:42 pm

I subscribe to Ace’s theory that this is just an excuse to suppress the reach, but if you accept the ‘fact-check’ at face value, doesn’t that mean Reuters is of the opinion that people will believe this is true? What does THAT say about Biden.


 
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taurus the judge | August 2, 2022 at 2:50 pm

The INsignificance of this should be lost with the passage of time


 
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taurus the judge | August 2, 2022 at 3:20 pm

aww, come on man

This is a direct result of what happens when your IQ approaches room temperature.


 
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Milhouse | August 2, 2022 at 3:46 pm

. Remember that the decidedly progressive parody news site “The Onion” ran outrageous political stories for years and never got ‘fact-checked’ by the media.

That’s actually not true. Snopes, back when it was doing its job, used to regularly tackles stories that originated in the Onion, the World Weekly News, etc., but were circulating as true stories. And that’s the only context in which they debunk the Bee.

That’s also the original meaning of the term “fake news”, as Hillary Clinton used it. She explained that she meant stories that had started at parody sites but were circulating as if they were real. Trump turned it around to mean false stories actually published by serious news sources. It’s possible that he didn’t understand Clinton’s usage; but more likely he did understand it, and was making the point that the “serious” news industry had all lost all credibility and stories originating from it should be regarded just like those from parody sites.


     
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    MarkSmith in reply to Milhouse. | August 2, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    Snopes, back when it was doing its job Ha, Ha, Ha………..


       
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      Milhouse in reply to MarkSmith. | August 2, 2022 at 4:03 pm

      It still does its job, occasionally. In between political hit jobs.

      Back in its Usenet incarnation it was informative and fairly reliable. When it transitioned to a web site but it was still just the Mikkelsons, it was still informative and fairly reliable, Mostly it didn’t deal with political topics, and when it did it didn’t outright lie, or deliberately try to mislead, it just gave things the best spin it could for the left. That was probably because the Mikkelsons are Canadians, and thus weren’t all that interested in US politics, And their political views were pretty mainstream, for Canadians.

      Then they got popular, hired a bunch of assistant editors who were mostly political hacks from the USA, and then they got to fighting with each other, Barbara left, and David seems to be more interested in getting back at her than in researching odd stories, so most of the “reporting” seems to be from the hacks. Especially on anything to do with US politics.


         
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        Milwaukee in reply to Milhouse. | August 2, 2022 at 6:03 pm

        Mils…” It still does its job, occasionally. In between political hit jobs.”
        Is the suggestion being made that truth telling may be an occasional thing? Isn’t there a Latin expression for false in one thing false in all?
        See the Princess Bride, and differences between alive, dead, and mostly dead. A fact checker, who occasionally does there job, is worthy of scorn, and unreliable.

        You sir, are a very reliable source. Thank you for your many comments.


           
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          Milhouse in reply to Milwaukee. | August 3, 2022 at 3:00 am

          Truth-telling may indeed be an occasional thing. There is pretty much no such thing as a reliable liar — someone who lies all the time. Such a person would be just as useful as a reliable truth-teller, since one can simply reverse everything he says and assume it to be the truth. But such people don’t exist outside riddles.

          Falsus in uno is not a categorical statement that a liar always lies. It merely asserts that since a liar sometimes lies, one can never know when he might be lying again, so it’s risky ever to believe him. But the validity of the maxim is itself very suspect, and most jurisdictions have rejected it and regard it as discredited. In many cases even a known liar can be assumed to be telling the truth; each case must be judged on it own merits.

          And that’s so even when you have just one speaker. Snopes has multiple speakers, so it can even contradict itself. On some subjects one can presume its reliability. On others one can’t count on it to be right or wrong.


           
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          henrybowman in reply to Milwaukee. | August 3, 2022 at 11:42 pm

          Snopes is usually very reliable when there is not even a whiff of politics in the question or answer. “Is it true that when you pour Coke on a piece of pork, worms come out?” Snopes handles this sort of thing very well. It’s when correctness and political correctness on some issue diverge that Snopes invariably chooses the path more taken.


         
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        Danny in reply to Milhouse. | August 3, 2022 at 10:31 am

        Its job is to turn leftwing commentary into undeniable truths and to help censor anything contrary to the current dominant narrative of the liberal establishment so yes it always does its job.


     
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    henrybowman in reply to Milhouse. | August 2, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    You left out the part in the middle, where Obama, in his “oh shit we lost” speech in 2015(6?), introduced “fake news” as we understand it today as the new official right-wing boogeyman.


     
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    Jawbreaker in reply to Milhouse. | August 2, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    And I bet you can see Russia from your porch.


       
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      Milhouse in reply to Jawbreaker. | August 3, 2022 at 3:05 am

      If my porch were in the far west of Alaska, in the Aleutian Islands, then yes, Russia would be visible from it. That’s what Palin said; Alaska is a border state, so its governor necessarily engages in foreign relations, and gains some expertise at that. Tina Fey is the one who moved the vantage point from the Aleutians to Wasilla, making it both untrue and irrelevant.


     
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    Danny in reply to Milhouse. | August 3, 2022 at 10:29 am

    You made that up out of your behind

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-fact-checker-declares-war-on-satire-11566428259

    You could find that isn’t true in the very first paragraph.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/the-stupidest-fact-check-in-the-history-of-fact-checking/

    You may continue trying to not be “one of those” conservatives by either making things up or lying on behalf of leftists but no Snopes is not just fact checking stories people are taking seriously it is doing fact checks as a way to try to remove Babylon Bee from big tech platforms effectively silencing and removing it from existence.

    By the way finding the examples in article form wasn’t hard.

    By the way the term “fake news” while it did originate with Hillary originated as a way for her to try to claim “pizza gate” cost her the election and it was all Mark Zuckerberg’s fault. I almost never defend Hillary about anything but no she did not try to blame Babylon Bee (which is impressive considering she blamed Macedonian trolls). Leftists are still claiming Pizza gate is why Trump won 2016 (anything to avoid the truth for them).


 
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Milhouse | August 2, 2022 at 3:53 pm

Here’s an example from just last year. Here’s another one from a few years ago. You can easily find more by searching “site:snopes.com onion”


 
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MarkSmith | August 2, 2022 at 3:55 pm

I guess SNL is going to keep Reuters busy. Ditto on the “why” did they need to fact check this? Hmmmm,….is any home Joey?


 
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henrybowman | August 2, 2022 at 4:09 pm

“”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?”

Can’t possibly be. That would shut down half the shit they DO publish.

“Remember that the decidedly progressive parody news site “The Onion” ran outrageous political stories for years and never got ‘fact-checked’ by the media.”

The Onion used to be politically neutral, and funny, before it got sold to Carlos Slim, or Univision, or whatever the hell buncha furriners bought it, jacked it way left, and left it to be grazed by the brain-dead flock. Best thing that ever happened for the Babylon Bee.


 
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wukong | August 2, 2022 at 4:23 pm

Does anyone consider the “fact check” is targeted towards the Democrat base. Republicans know it is a joke.


 
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MaxFarquaad | August 3, 2022 at 2:02 am

hahahaha
Thanks, Reuters for increasing the spread of this joke meme. Got a really good laugh.

“Super Serious News Service Reuters…”
hahahaha
What a great headline! Double the comedy from one post. I love it. Thank you.


 
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Blackgriffin | August 3, 2022 at 4:28 am

We all know–even Reuters, apparently–that Biden is completely capable of doing exactly what the video shows.

This “fact check” like all fact checks is just a tool for censorship. Now that the fact check is in their big tech allies have the censorship excuse.

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