Accuracy in Media

CBS’s 60 Minutes interview with Joe Biden by CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell was highly biased in favor of Biden and against President Donald Trump.

Using a false premise for her question, O’Donnell claimed that “President Trump says Russian interference is a hoax,” ignoring the sanctions placed by the Trump administration against Russians for meddling both in the 2016 and 2018 elections. 

“A very sad situation,” the New York Times reported Trump said about 2016 election meddling. “It certainly looks like the Russians were behind it. Something that should never, ever happen. And we’re taking it very seriously, as I think are many others.”

While CBS did include a White House statement about the sanctions, O’Donnell didn’t mention this in her interaction with Biden:

“O’Donnell: But President Trump says Russian interference is a hoax.

Biden: He’s an idiot– in terms of sayin’ that. Everybody knows this. Everybody knows it. Nobody doubts it.

While Facebook removed the fake Russian accounts, it refused a request by Biden’s campaign to take down political ads paid for by the Trump campaign making claims that Biden says are not true.

Biden: Facebook is running, right now, paid advertising by Trump that everybody knows is a flat lie. You know, I’m glad they brought the Russians down. Why don’t you bring down the lies that Trump is telling and everybody knows are lies?”

O’Donnell seemed to pick up Biden’s claim that the Trump campaign was running ads that are “lies,” and didn’t push back on Biden’s claim that the president is “a man with no integrity.”

“O’Donnell: Are you concerned that the president saying this over and over again, his campaign ads saying over and over again, that people will start to believe it? He’s attacking your integrity.

Joe Biden: Sure he is. And– but it’s comin’ from a man with no integrity so it helps. (LAUGH) No, I– I sincerely mean it. I– I never thought I’d talk about a president this way.”

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