USA Today has issued a correction from its original fact check piece and now admits Biden checked his watch at least 3 times during the dignified transfer event to honor 13 slain U.S. Service Members, including during the ceremony itself to honor 13 slain U.S. Service Members.
The original USA Today fact check had ironically falsely claimed he only checked his watch once after the ceremony.
The correction states “Corrections & Clarifications: This story was updated Sept. 2 to note that Biden checked his watch multiple times at the dignified transfer event, including during the ceremony itself. The rating on this claim has been changed from partly false to missing context.”
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— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 3, 2021
The updated piece now acknowledges “Biden checked watch at least three times.”
Per the piece:
While Biden did pay his respects to the fallen service members, photos and video show he also checked his watch during the ceremony.
Associated Press photos taken 10 minutes apart show Biden checking his watch during the ceremony. Another photo from the Agence France-Presse, distributed by Getty Images, also shows Biden glancing at his watch, although it’s unclear what time the image was taken.
A video from C-SPAN shows Biden checking his watch once, near the end of the dignified transfer ceremony.
Footage leading up to the moment, which was widely shared on social media, shows Biden with his hand over his heart for about 30 seconds as vans carry the service members’ remains off the tarmac. After the vans left, Biden closed his eyes briefly before dropping his arms and glancing down at his watch.
USA Today’ conclusion has changed from partly false to “missing context.”
Based on our research, we rate MISSING CONTEXT the claim that Trump saluted the caskets of fallen U.S. service members, while Biden checked his watch. The way Biden honored the 11 caskets presented at Dover Air Force Base, with a hand over his heart, was similar to how Trump paid respects to fallen service members during his presidency. However, Biden did check his watch at least three times, according to photos and video reviewed by USA TODAY. Several family members of fallen service members who attended the ceremony have criticized Biden for checking his watch.
Mike Cernovich tweeted “I asked the @USATODAY fact checker if he plans to apologize to the Gold Star families he falsely accused of lying. If you know a veteran’s group, make sure they politely contact USA Today to ask why they smear Gold Star families.”
I asked the @USATODAY fact checker if he plans to apologize to the Gold Star families he falsely accused of lying.
If you know a veteran’s group, make sure they politely contact USA Today to ask why they smear Gold Star families. pic.twitter.com/xKMLZwomNL
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 3, 2021
Americans should know how deep into the sewer these “Fact-Checkers” will go – @USAToday published a fact-check disputing firsthand eyewitness testimony of 3 (!!) Gold Star parents who SAW Biden check his watch during Dignified Transfer ceremony. SHAMEhttps://t.co/6EvdsTPMnf
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 2, 2021