In yet another blow to the reeling billionaire 2020 candidate, Wapo fact checker Glenn Kessler gave Mike Bloomberg 4 Pinocchios for a deceptively edited debate video.
MSN reports the Washington Post Fact Checker column gave Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg four Pinocchios for “deceptive editing” in a campaign video that included footage from Wednesday night’s Democratic debate.
The video focuses on a moment in the debate when Bloomberg, who founded his multibillion-dollar business decades ago, asked his rivals if it was fair to say he “was the only one here” who has “ever started a business.”
The other five candidates on stage – Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) – did not respond to Bloomberg’s question.
Two seconds later, Bloomberg said, “OK.”
The campaign’s edited video, however, painted a different picture.
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 20, 2020
“The video takes that minor moment and stretches it to 22 seconds, with reaction shots that make the other candidates look troubled, embarrassed or confused,” Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler wrote. “The video is silent except for cricket sounds” and all the reactions are “taken from other moments in the debate.”
He went on to criticize the ad for “editing out large portions from a video and presenting it as a complete narrative, despite missing key elements.”
“We’re taking a tough line on manipulated campaign videos before viewers are flooded with so many fakes that they have trouble knowing what is true. The Bloomberg campaign should label this as a parody or else take the video down,” Kessler added.