In a shocking departure from normal conduct, the Biden-friendly media fact-checked the president’s press briefing lies about the conditions in Afghanistan.
At the White House briefing, Biden attempted to put a positive spin on the developments in Afghanistan and address criticism about his withdrawal strategy.
After his address, Biden took questions from the media from a pre-approved list.
ABC News wrote a fact check following Biden’s remarks and his answers to questions from the media.
But throughout his remarks, the president made several claims at odds with reports from the ground in Afghanistan and even officials within his administration and seemed unaware of criticism from American allies.
ABC News listed critical comments from world leaders in contrast to Biden’s claim. In fact, Biden suggested he actually heard positive comments from allies.
When asked about the reaction from world leaders, Biden responded, “I have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world.”
However, that statement was not true.
— John Basham 🇺🇲 (@JohnBasham) August 20, 2021
Biden also stated Americans in Kabul were not having trouble getting to the airport in Kabul but that comment was exposed as a lie by ABC News in their fact check and on television.
ABC News’ David Muir asked the key question and it was answered by the network’s Ian Pannell who is on the ground in Kabul. Pannell rejected Biden’s claim.
.@DavidMuir: "The president said he has no intelligence that the Americans have not been able to get [to the Kabul airport]. The question, obviously—does that square with reporting on ground?"@IanPannell: "I mean—just totally not."
— ABC News (@ABC) August 20, 2021
A CNN reporter in Kabul, Clarissa Ward, also challenged Biden’s statement.
CNN's @ClarissaWard reports on the hurdles Americans and Afghans have been facing trying to get to Kabul's airport as Taliban fighters attempt to block access with gunfire and violence.
— CNN (@CNN) August 19, 2021
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin had trouble keeping up with Biden’s false statements.
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin on Biden’s speech: “I couldn’t fact check it fast enough because there are so many misrepresentations of what is happening on the ground” pic.twitter.com/OyEpxwAIoU
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 20, 2021
A CNN correspondent summarized the situation in Afghanistan, saying, “If this isn’t failure then what does failure look like?”
CNN reporter on situation in Afghanistan:
"If this isn't failure then what does failure look like?" pic.twitter.com/qg7uk7neQD
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) August 19, 2021
Finally, the Biden-friendly media are challenging the false statements made by the president.
It’s terrible Biden is misleading the nation during a time of crisis but unfortunately, making false statements has been a pattern throughout his career.
In reality, the media’s sudden criticism of Biden is too little too late. The media helped Biden get elected and now we are all paying the price for their pro-Biden advocacy.