The Upper Cut: The Fact Check the Media Refuses to Do on Tim Scott’s Speech

The Upper Cut: The Fact Check the Media Refuses to Do on Tim Scott’s Speech


On Wednesday night, President Joe Biden for the first time addressed a joint session of Congress, speaking before a relatively small in-person gathering intent on showing their collective sense of civic responsibility by wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

(One commentator on CBS, moved by the moment as most of Biden’s Cabinet entered the chamber, nonetheless remarked on the “pageantry” of a handful of men in suits walking into a room.)

Biden’s speech, and Sen. Tim Scott’s response, were met with multiple fact checks from a variety of media sources.

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PolitiFact, for example, verified Biden’s claims versus calling them “exaggerated” or lacking “context” by a margin of more than 2-1, but that’s probably better than we would have seen under former President Barack Obama, when legacy media outlets were terrified — or simply too worshipful — to contradict the president’s sometimes completely fabricated claims. The same organization issued three fact checks

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