Accuracy in Media

The Washington Post detailed how Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has been telling a false story about him pinning a medal on a war hero’s chest in Afghanistan.

 “As he campaigns for president, Joe Biden tells a moving but false war story,” the headline of The Post’s Matt Viser and Greg Jaffe’s article begin, detailing how Biden held a New Hampshire audience captivated by the tale.

The Post reported Biden’s adamant claim that “‘This is the God’s truth,’ Biden had said as he told the story. ‘My word as a Biden.’”

But according to the Post, “almost every detail in the story appears to be incorrect. Based on interviews with more than a dozen U.S. Troops, their commanders and biden campaign officials, it appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion and regret that never happened …  In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.”

“The campaign has not disputed any of the facts in the Post report, which was published midday Thursday,” the Post reported. However, Biden tried to personally spin his falsehoods to the Post’s Jonathan Capehart : “I was making the point how courageous these people are, how incredible they are, this generation of warriors, these fallen angels we’ve lost. I don’t know what the problem is. What is it that I said wrong?”

Biden has repeatedly come under fire for playing loose with the truth, not only in his 2020 presidential campaign, but also his unsuccessful 1988 presidential campaign, which folded amidst allegations of plagiarism.

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