I mentioned yesterday in a piece about concern over Joe Biden’s ever-more-frequent “gaffes” that I did not include the clip of him saying, “We can only reelect Donald Trump,” because that was taken out of context. Unfortunately, some other conservative sources were fooled by it and retweeted it, including Trump communications director Dan Scavino, who was reposted by Trump.
While Scavino argued that nobody would seriously believe Biden was endorsing Trump, the Biden campaign complained to Twitter, which branded it as “manipulated media.” This is the first time that a major party candidate has been officially cited for spreading “fake news,” which I’m sure the left feels very smug about. But they might have tripped themselves up by making that complaint.
Have you ever heard of the “Streisand Effect”? Years ago, Barbra Streisand made a big deal about a photographer invading her privacy by taking an aerial photo of her estate. If she hadn’t said anything, most people never would have seen the photo. But her complaint drew so much publicity that everyone saw the picture and learned exactly where she lived. This may be what the Biden people are feeling now, since their complaint to Twitter about Trump posting a misleading video of Biden is bringing sudden attention to all the false and misleading videos and quotes that their side has thrown at Trump and that the media have let them slide by on.
The Trump campaign is now demanding that Twitter enforce its new rigid standards for political posts equally on the Biden campaign, citing at least three videos they've posted that are deceptively edited to make it appear that Trump said things he never said, such as the coronavirus is a hoax, or there were “very fine people” on the side of the white supremacists in Charlottesville. That last one is so slanderously false that even factcheck.org admitted it was baseless.
The Biden campaign may rue the day that it demanded Twitter bar any false or misleading videos about politicians because I’ve been listening to the Democrats’ policy ideas for nearly a year now, and it seems to me that slandering their opponents is about all they’ve got. In fact, Joe Biden actually claimed that Trump’s “very fine people” quote was the reason he decided to run for President: he just had to save America from that divisive racist who thinks that neo-Nazis are very fine people.
So now that this is all out in the open, and Twitter suddenly cares about the truth, Trump’s people should remove that misleading video, and Biden’s people should remove ALL their misleading anti-Trump videos...and Joe Biden should say, “Well, that’s very different! Never mind…” and quit the race and go home.