Joe Biden Flip Flops on His War On Oil and Gas
As you may remember, when Vice President Joe Biden went up mano a mano against Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont during the recent debate, he declared war on the oil and gas industry. Biden proposed no new fracking and a blanket prohibition on new conventional drilling. The ploy to attract Bernie supporters was transparent. Sanders was said to be quite pleased that even though he was not winning, his ideas were.
But as the old saying goes, that was then, and this is now. Hot Air takes up the story.
“Well, obviously somebody pulled Joe aside after the debate and let him know that he’d basically just given the election to Donald Trump. His aides quickly got to work walking the statement back and when reporters began asking about it, they were informed that Uncle Joe’s position was unchanged. He only opposed new fracking or drilling on public lands. So, was he lying during the debate to make his platform look closer to where the far-left base lives? Not according to the Washington Post’s fact-checker. He simply described his position inaccurately.”
People who regularly tear their hair out about how slanted the mainstream media is must still be agog at the brazen nature of what the Post just did, in essence giving the line coming out of the Biden Campaign zero Pinocchios. One supposes that, by stretching the matter just a bit, one could suggest that Biden was not deliberately lying but was just confused. The meme often expressed that the former vice president is in the early stages of dementia would tend to support that interpretation.
It doesn’t take the sharpest political pundit to realize that the Post’s spin on the matter does not do Biden any credit. Politicians who lie are nothing new. Politicians have been lying since Themistocles and Aristides were debating what to do about the Persian threat in the Athenian Assembly. However, a politician, especially one like Biden who would like to be elected president of the United States, who is constantly confused about everything is another matter entirely.
The Washington Free Beacon notes some of the thinking that went into the Washington Post’s decision to give Biden a pass. It quotes the Post as stating, “Regular readers know that we withhold Pinocchios when a politician admits error. Biden was on his way to Four Pinocchios until his staff acknowledged that he misspoke. So we will leave this unrated and let readers make their own decision.”
The Post also wagged a finger at conservative news outlets for “pouncing” and calling Biden on his declaration of war on the oil and gas industry. The Trump campaign came in for some criticism as well. “Republican operatives cut a short video of Biden’s remarks, to use as a cudgel in races against moderate House Democrats.”
In other words, those rascally republicans actually quoted something Biden said with the hope that the voters would be upset. The nerve of them.
The media likes to present itself as disinterested guardians of the truth who hold the powerful to account. But, as Glenn Reynolds often says, they are really Democratic Party operatives with bylines. Reporters constantly accuse President Trump of dishonesty, along with a breathtaking list of other sins, even when more often than not he speaks the truth that the media finds unpalatable.
President Ronald Reagan was often the target of such behavior. When he would say something that the media thought was untrue, especially when Reagan’s media office would clarify such statements, the reporters and TV talking heads of the 1980s would roll their eyes and wonder what was there between the president’s ears.
The same media that shied away from commenting on Biden’s senior moments would often claim that Reagan was senile. The president managed to turn that around during the second presidential debate in 1984 when he pledged that he would not use his opponent Walter Mondale’s “youth and inexperience” against him.
Sadly, Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s – about six years after leaving office. In the meantime, he had overthrown the Soviet Empire. Biden, on the other hand, has a nearly 50-year record of political mendacity to argue for being elected president on his third try.
That the media will cover for Biden rather than call him to account should be frightening to anyone who will vote this November.