Monday, September 27, 2021

USA TODAY corrected the “fact check” claiming that Biden did not check his watch during the dignified transfer ceremony

USA Today issued a correction after falsely claiming that President Joe Biden failed to check his watch at a ceremony held at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware last month.

“This story was updated on September 2 to point out that Biden checked his watch multiple times during a dignified transfer event, including during the ceremony itself. The rating for this statement has been changed from partial error to lack of context,” USA TODAY Write correct.

This work, the so-called fact check, Already asserted It is “wrong” to say that Biden checked his watch at a ceremony held on August 29.

“For Biden, he did check his watch during his visit to Dover Air Force Base. But he did so after the solemn transfer ceremony,” wrote “USA Today” author David Fink.

Fink said he contacted social media users, who accused them of falsely claiming that Biden did check his watch during the ceremony.

A video clip from Dover shows that Biden looked at his watch before the ceremony ended.

Gannett, the parent company of USA Today, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fink said on Twitter on Friday that he regretted messing up the fact check.

“Journalists and fact checkers are humans (yes, even me!) We all make mistakes. When we do, we will correct them and try to make them correct,” he wrote. “When we do something wrong, it’s easy to slam dunks at reporters. I understand-for many people, we are just another name on the screen. But behind that screen is a person who strives to be the best. “

Users pointed out that in addition to showing videos and photos of Biden checking his watch, the Venus family also said that Biden did so during the ceremony.

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Epoch Times Photos
On August 29, 2021, President Joe Biden watched at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, the Naval Transport squad carrying a 22-year-old Marine from Berlin Heights, Ohio, Marston W. So The transfer box for Viak’s remains. (Manuel Vals Seneta/Associated Press Photo)

“They will salute, and he will look down at his watch,” said Darin Hoover, the father of the killed Marine Corps sergeant. Taylor Hoover said on Fox News this week. “13 people, he all looked down at his watch.”

“I actually leaned in my son’s mother’s ear and said,’I swear to God if he looks at his watch again,'” Mark Schmitz, his son Captain Marlins. Jared Schmitz added that he was also killed in the explosion in Kabul.

“And that might only be four times,” he added. “I can’t look at him anymore after that, especially considering the time and why we were there. I found this to be the most rude thing I have ever seen.”

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When asked about the August 31 criticism, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to answer directly.

“I want to share his message with all the family members present. Those who did not even show up were that he thanked their children for the sacrifices they made for the country; he knew directly what it was like to lose a child, and the absence of People can tell you anything or the fact of anything — or nothing can fill the gap left,” she said.

Zachary Steiber

Zachary Stieber reports on US news, including political and court cases. He started working as a reporter for the New York City subway in The Epoch Times.


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USA TODAY corrected the "fact check" claiming that Biden did not check his watch during the dignified transfer ceremony
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