Joe Biden accused the Bernie Sanders campaign of putting out a 'doctored video' after it cut a speech recording short

Business Insider | 1/20/2020 | Kat Tenbarge
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Joe Biden accused the Bernie Sanders campaign of distributing a "doctored video" of him to attack his record on Social Security, but there's no evidence the video was doctored, according to Politico.

Rather, independent fact-checking website PolitiFact ruled that the Sanders campaign took the clip out of context and distorted Biden's speech by omitting what he said next – which reversed the meaning of his quote.

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The Sanders campaign told Business Insider that the video "is not doctored and it is entirely consistent with Joe Biden's record that he would praise someone for putting cuts to Social Security on the negotiating table."

On Saturday, Biden called the video a "doctored tape" and said he wants the Sanders campaign to "disown it," but he misstated the findings of the PolitiFact report in the process.

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At an Iowa campaign stop on Saturday, Joe Biden lashed out at the Bernie Sanders campaign for what he called a "little, doctored video going around" that appears to show Biden agreeing with former Speaker Paul Ryan on proposing cuts to Medicare and Social Security.

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Biden described the Sanders campaign newsletter that featured the video as a "flat lie" and a "doctored tape," using the independent fact-checking website PolitiFact's analysis of the newsletter as evidence that the Sanders campaign changed the video.

But Politico reports that there's no evidence the video itself was doctored, and Biden mischaracterized the PolitiFact findings. The fact-checking website ruled that the Sanders campaign distorted Biden's quote by omitting the part of the speech that came after the 20-second clip, in which Biden was mocking Ryan, not agreeing with him.

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The Sanders campaign told Business Insider that "the video is not doctored and it is entirely consistent with Joe Biden's record that he would praise someone for putting cuts to Social Security on the...
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