It Turns Out Joe Biden Is Still A Never-Ending Gaffe Machine

Washington Free Beacon | 8/9/2019 | Alex Griswold
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I noticed something a bit interesting tucked into some outlets' stories about an unquestionably silly gaffe on Donald Trump's part Monday, when the president offered condolences to the people of "Toledo," despite last week's mass shooting taking place an hour and a half away in Dayton, Ohio. Most write-ups, including CNN's, NBC News's, and The New York Times's, noted that Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden had done the same thing a day earlier, accidentally referring to the Ohio and El Paso shootings as occurring in "Michigan" and "Houston."

That's a good thing of course. It'd be pretty openly partisan for the media to excoriate the president for a gaffe and ignore the Democratic frontrunner making the exact same mistake. However, none of those outlets had published any stories about Biden's gaffe until the President misspoke the following day. In other words, someone made an editorial judgement that Biden's gaffe wasn't newsworthy, and then a day later made the judgement that Trump's identical gaffe was newsworthy. If they weren't required to do due diligence when reporting on the Trump gaffe, one gets the impression they wouldn't have reported on Biden's at all.

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I recognize that compared to many of the media bias cases I rail against, this is more of a minor complaint, but Biden's gaffe came after a bizarre debate flub in which the septuagenarian told supporters to "go to Joe 30330," a then-nonexistent url. It was subsequently picked up by rivals and trolls. So as early as this Sunday there was enough for the media to form a narrative if they so desired.

Since then, and in the span of only a day, Biden's habit of sticking his foot in his mouth has reemerged so frequently that the narrative became impossible to escape. Biden, always gaffe-prone to begin...
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