Reuters ‘Truth Check’ Claims That ‘Biden Is Actually Not President,’ Forced To Check Who’s Behind It
The whole thing about “fact verification” is that it’s not supposed to be easy.
For example, when you see a fact-check from a major agency like Reuters, you assume there’s a team of researchers working hard behind the scenes, making sure the t is crossed out and the ego is. dotted.
You’d be wrong – anyway at least on Thursday, when Reuters deemed appropriate to publish this: “Truth Check – The claim that ‘Biden is not the president’ because of the blurred presidential sign footage is untrue.”
The request is mentioned in relation to video posted to Twitter by Vice President Kamala Harris and the Democratic National Committee after infrastructure bill was signed by President Joe Biden on Monday.
We have completed.pic.twitter.com/xh84Sy4GgD
– Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 16, 2021
The bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement has now become law. pic.twitter.com/cPCVrdoDsF
– Democrats (@TheDemocrats) November 16, 2021
As you can see, the presidential seal is blurred. You’d think there was a huge amount of QAnons flooding Twitter with claims that this means Biden not the legitimate president, according to Reuters.
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“A video of US President Joe Biden signing a bipartisan infrastructure bill has created a lot of speculation online: some users pointed to the blurred presidential seal on the podium, claiming it was a diploma. evidence that he is not the ‘real president’,” the newspaper reported. “These claims are false.”
“‘The presidential seal is blurred because Joe Biden is not really the president,’ wrote one Twitter user. ‘Why did they blur the seal, and how did that woman’s hand go through it? his head? Is this video fake?’ a text stacked in a Facebook repeat will read.”
According to Reuters, the seal has faded because federal law prohibits the use of the presidential seal in a way that could make it look like a seal of approval.
“The regulation makes it so that the display of the seal or other similar image in advertising, public meetings or television stations or any other media may create a ‘false impression of wealth’. supported or approved by the US Government or by any department, Reuters reported.
However, as you may have noticed, the outlet cites only two misleading examples of its pre-discarded statement.
One, which implies the video of Biden signing the bills is all CGI, is from a seemingly defunct Facebook video. The other – the one already hyped in the title – should have been examined more closely.
The presidential seal is blurred because Joe Biden is not really the president https://t.co/zRPUHdJuFK
– Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) November 17, 2021
The author is Siraj Hashmi, a newspaper and podcaster with a blue check mark. Hashmi is not a conspiracy theorist. However, he was unintentionally sarcastic. You don’t have to be familiar with his work to realize this – although it doesn’t hurt to do some research if you, I don’t know, conduct a reality check.
Here’s part of his Twitter bio: “BLM | All life is important | ACAB | Blue Lives Matter | Smashing Capitalism | Defeat Communism”.
If one looks at his actual Twitter account, one will notice that Hashmi is also the brains behind the “List” – a summary of information that has been tweeted, usually from the left. A timely example: a deleted tweet lamenting the loss of “three black lives” Kyle Rittenhouse take it. (There are only two, and they are white.)
removed, but List is for all, @rusmclaughlin.
– Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) November 20, 2021
With that in mind, Hashmi’s claim that Biden is “really not president” is clearly a joke, and anyone with even a glance at his Twitter profile will recognize this.
That Reuters news agency included only two social media posts – one of them amusing – in the first few paragraphs about the amount of work that went through a malicious “reality check”. this.
Later in the article, Reuters tweeted a “fact check” about whether the video was created with CGI. The only main account is included, but again, a journalist known for his humour: Stephen L. Miller.
Blurred Seal Twitter is hilarious, but not nearly as hilarious as the fact that no one noticed CGI Biden suddenly moving in front of the clapping woman. 😬 https://t.co/3RT9qwaWAy
– Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) November 17, 2021
And it’s not just Reuters.
The Associated Press did a similar thing.”Reality checkAnd just quoted two tweets, none of which are linked. I cannot determine the location. Another “claim” – “The Presidential Seal is blurred because Trump owns the copyright” – comes from an apparently joking account with the nickname “Comrade Stump.” In his bio, Stump identifies himself as “Sr. Research Fellow at the Libtard Research Center. ”
The Presidential Seal is blurred because Trump owns the copyright. https://t.co/zvrqrXeqyF
– Comrade Stump (@GranTorinoDSA) November 16, 2021
The AP published this “fact verification” on Wednesday. I seem to remember some other pressing thing that happened that day, pressing enough that the AP didn’t have to inform the US that “Comrade Stump” was wrong about the former President. Donald Trump owns the copyright to the presidential seal.
A lot of people had fun with Reuters’ ridiculous “fact verification” on Twitter:
Reuters doesn’t have any editors?
They actually did a serious fact-checking on clearly joking tweets from @SirajAHashmi, @redsteeze etc. on whether or not Biden is really a POTUS.https://t.co/zbuVTMGR6P
– AG (@ AGHamilton29) November 20, 2021
WARNING: The following contains graphical language that some readers will find annoying.
God, they did it. They actually did it. pic.twitter.com/F9mX0hcf7D
– Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) November 20, 2021
don’t cry for me I’m already dead. https://t.co/6thp1nBiTa
– Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) November 20, 2021
The whole logic behind these “Reality check” – which increased after the 2016 election, when our overlords in legacy media decided that social media users were reading so much “fake news” – that they were supposed to be come from a trusted source.
“Don’t worry,” Reuters said. “The adults are in the room. We’re here to check if the blurred presidential seal means Biden isn’t actually the president. We know that otherwise you would have believed it. “
Everything they’ve done is further eroding our trust in them by proving that their “fact checking” has nothing to do with actually finding out who is behind the “facts”. real” is “checked”. Good job.
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