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Welcome back to “Forgotten Fact-Checks”, a weekly column produced by National journals News office. This week, we have President Biden’s false truths in his first address to a joint session of Congress, the Democrats’ racist attacks on Senator Tim Scott, and USA todayof Stealth changes to the name of Stacey Abrams.
As we noted in our first edition, the Washington post and other media have continually checked Donald Trump’s presidency. Now the To post says he will give up cataloging Biden’s lies after his first 100 days in office.
As NR staff highlightedBiden’s first congressional speech on Wednesday – which received the lowest television audience in 28 years – included more than a few lies.
The president called on Senate Republicans for holding back progress on gun control, saying lax gun laws had led to “a daily bloodbath.” He argued that the expiration of assault weapon bans “in the early 2000s” had led to an increase in violence. However, gun violence continued to decline even after the ban expired in 2004. Even though the ban was in effect, the country was not free from shootings, as noted by Jim Geraghty of NR, the Columbine High School massacre, the shooting of Long Island Rail Road and the Atlanta day-trading shootout all happened while the ban was in effect.
In his speech, the president also touted his infrastructure and family projects, which he planned to fund by taxing U.S. companies and the richest 1%. He said he “will not impose any tax increase on anyone earning less than $ 400,000.” But, in the end, “anyone” is a misleading statement – because White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has explained, the threshold of $ 400,000 concerns households and not individuals.
Biden also claimed Medicare could save “hundreds of billions of dollars” by negotiating drug prices, although the Congressional Budget Office has mentionned that “the granting of broad bargaining power per se would likely have a negligible effect on federal spending.”
The president said, “We have kept our commitment – Democrats and Republicans – to send $ 1,400 in rescue checks to 85% of American homes.” However, the US bailout, which issued the checks, was hardly a bipartisan effort, with Democrats using the fiscal reconciliation to pass the measure without any Republican backing.
Biden has also made questionable statements about the economy, claiming he inherited the “worst economic crisis since the Great Depression” and created “more jobs in the first 100 days than any president on record. “.
Philip Klein noted that last spring the unemployment rate hit an abysmal level of 13.3% when the pandemic first hit, but by the time Biden took office in January 2021 it had been reduced at 6.3%, a figure lower than that observed during the first five years of the Obama-Biden administration. Real GDP had also already increased after falling sharply in the second quarter of last year.
On the second point, the Associated press notes that hiring has accelerated “as vaccinations have resumed, states and cities are loosening trade restrictions and Americans have started venturing more.” While the $ 1.9 trillion COVID response package approved in March certainly helped, the economy would be on the rise anyway given the low baseline set by the severe COVID contraction last year. .
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After Biden finished delivering his sometimes misleading speech, Senator Tim Scott (R., SC) gave the GOP rebuttal. Scott, the only African-American Republican in the Senate, said in his speech that “America is not a racist country,” causing progressives to lose their minds. (To post fact checker Glenn Kessler keep defending his much-maligned dive into Scott’s family history, based on a recent NPR appearance).
On Saturday, MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross accused Scott of “craving white approval” and said the senator was one of the few black Americans who could qualify as “drowsy and slow-minded patients with White Syndrome. Stockholm ”.
She said he sounded like a “stone fool” saying the country was not racist and that if he had ever been a slave he would have been among those “Harriet Tubman left behind. behind”.
Meanwhile, a Texas Democratic official faces calls to step down after call Scott an “oreo”, an insult that refers to a black person seen as “having adopted the attitudes, values and behaviors considered characteristic of white middle class society, often to the detriment of their own heritage,” according to Dictionary.com.
Yet the Democratic double standard was on full display Thursday when Vice President Kamala Harris suffered virtually no backlash for agreeing with Scott that America is not a “racist country.”
“Well, first of all, no, I don’t think America is a racist country, but we also have to tell the truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today,” said Harris, United States. first black vice president and first American Indian.
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NBC News is back: “In bitterly divided elections in Southlake, Texas, anti-racist education opponents win big.”
Ah, yes, the “bitterly divided election” which saw one party win “every race by about 70-30%”.
USA today is criticized for allowing Democrat Stacey Abrams to make substantial changes to an editorial on voting rights after its publication in order to downplay her support for boycotts.
On April 6, she deleted a line from the editorial, which was originally published on March 31, saying “she cannot argue” with those who would boycott Georgia businesses, and wrote instead: “Rather than to accept responsibility for their cowardly actions, Republican leaders blame me and others who have defended the franchise (and read the bill). “
In the updated version, Abrams writes that “boycotts invariably cost jobs” and that “instead of a boycott, I strongly encourage other events and productions to do business in Georgia and speak out against our law and laws. similar proposals in other states ”.
An editor’s note alerting readers to the changes was not added for more than two weeks, on April 22, reports Ryan Mills of NR.