Biden Ad Slapped With “Four Pinocchios” from Washington Post Fact Checker

An ad by 2020 Democratic nominee frontrunner Joe Biden got the worst possible truth rating of “four pinocchios” from the Washington Post.

In the ad, Trump says “coronavirus,” followed by “this is their new hoax.”

However, as the Wapo piece explains, the Biden campaign eliminated over 120 words in between to create this narrative.

President Trump was referring to the politicization of coronavirus a “hoax,” not calling the virus itself a hoax.


TheHill reports  the Washington Post’s fact-checker column awarded four Pinocchios to former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday for a campaign ad that creates “a false narrative that does not reflect the event as it occurred.”

The column said the video manipulation distorts President Trump’s remarks about the coronavirus.

The campaign ad says Trump referred to the coronavirus as “a hoax” at a campaign rally in South Carolina last month, but Washington Post fact-checker Meg Kelly called the editing of the president’s remarks a “blatant” misrepresentation.

“At the 10-second mark [of the ad], the camera shows a tight shot of the president saying ‘coronavirus’ and then cuts to a wide shot where [Trump] says, ‘this is their new hoax.’ Both clips are from Trump’s Feb. 28 campaign rally in North Charleston, S.C., but he never said ‘coronavirus, this is their new hoax.’ Rather, Biden’s ad clipped a large part of Trump’s speech to make it seem as though he had,” the article explained.

“Ultimately, the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak, the fact that Trump had clarified his comments on the matter before the ad was released, and the blatant way the Biden camp isolated his remarks about the American Dream pushed us to Four Pinocchios,” Kelly added. “Campaigns must be willing to make their case without resorting to video manipulation.”

Biden’s campaign defended the ad.

“Donald Trump is the most dishonest president in American history and one of the least credible human beings in the world,” Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Biden’s campaign, told the Post. “We don’t trust his next-day cleanup attempt, and he has made many comments in that same vein. And the claim that the American Dream was ‘dead’ in the final year of the Obama administration — during the longest streak of job growth in American history — is categorically untrue and another reminder of Donald Trump’s deep cynicism.”