Joe Biden falsely accuses Bernie Sanders campaign of “doctored video”

The battle ahead of the Democratic primary elections to select the party’s candidate for the 2020 US presidential ballot is heating up, with candidates involved in headline-grabbing mutual accusations and other controversies.

Speaking of which: Joe Biden, considered by some to be the front-runner to get the nomination, has falsely accused one of his rivals, Senator Bernie Sanders, of using “a doctored video.”

Biden, a former US vice-president, addressed at a college audience on Saturday saying that the video – showing him speak in 2018 and agree with former vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan on the need to privatize Social Security – was “doctored.”

However, this isn’t exactly true.

Fact-checkers come into play here: even PolitiFact found that none of the videos circulated by the Sanders campaign had been altered in any way. However, an email that the campaign sent, stating that Biden “lauded Ryan for proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare,” was found to be incorrect.

But Biden seized on the opportunity to quote a fact-checker in his attack on Sanders, claiming that PolitiFact had actually found that his rival’s staff “doctored the photo, they doctored the piece and it’s acknowledged that it’s a fake.”

Biden continued to say that it was “a doctored tape” – and that he expected its alleged authors to apologize and disown it.

Accusing the Sanders campaign of a misquote is far less “sexy” than playing the “doctored video” card – which could be one reason Biden decided to go down that road, seeking no doubt to deflect attention from what Politico said was his a track-record of past support for cuts to Social Security.

As the website remarked, the accusation of voter and public opinion manipulation through fake but convincing videos and photos is a weapon that the Democrats are using against Republicans and President Donald Trump. But it seems that they are now also turning it at each other.

And it’s not a tactic coming out of nowhere: last year, the state of California passed a law, AB 730, that was written by Democrats and made it illegal to distribute “doctored” videos and other content of politicians. These so-called deepfakes have been outlawed within 60 days of an election, reports said last fall.

The post Joe Biden falsely accuses Bernie Sanders campaign of “doctored video” appeared first on Reclaim The Net.

Visit the USSA News store!
Click this link for the original source of this article.
Author: Didi Rankovic


This content is courtesy of, and owned and copyrighted by, https://reclaimthenet.org and its author. This content is made available by use of the public RSS feed offered by the host site and is used for educational purposes only. If you are the author or represent the host site and would like this content removed now and in the future, please contact the USSANews.com administrator by using the contact form located in the top-left menu. Your request will be immediately honored. Please visit https://reclaimthenet.org for more terrific, conservative content. The owner of this website may be paid to recommend American Bullion. The content of this website, including the positive review of American Bullion, the negative review of its competitors, and any other information may not be independent or neutral.

https://beyondlimitsvacation.com USSANews.com