Accuracy in Media

Former vice president and Democratic Party primary frontrunner Joe Biden is prone to making public gaffes and quips that do not paint a favorable picture of the candidate. It is time to add another gaffe to Biden’s growing list of them: misnaming the Chinese city that was the coronavirus’s epicenter.

“I suggested we should have people in China at the outset of this event when it all started — in Luhan province,” Biden said. For the record, there is no “Luhan province” in China and Biden most likely tried to refer to the Chinese city of Wuhan.

The mainstream media ignored this recent gaffe, either due to its bias or the wall-to-wall coronavirus news coverage. Right-leaning media outlets reported on the gaffe, such as the Washington Examiner and New York Post, but none of the mainstream media outlets mentioned the gaffe.

Meanwhile, the media continues to fact-check Trump’s press briefings on the coronavirus and has not devoted much time or attention to covering Biden’s teleprompter issues, gaffes, and other Biden campaign-related news. For example, BuzzFeed News, as recently as a day ago, asked, “Where is Joe Biden?” The website could have taken the time to report on Biden’s “Luhan” gaffe, but chose not to.

The mainstream media ignores Biden’s gaffes and many Biden-related news during the coronavirus crisis, which is understandable. However, if the media can devote time and attention to fact-checking Trump, it should do the same with Biden.

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