AP fact check: Biden did not eulogize former KKK ‘grand wizard’ (wait for the punchline)

AP fact check: Biden did not eulogize former KKK ‘grand wizard’ (wait for the punchline)
Joe Biden and Robert Byrd (Image: LU Staff via AP)

In an interview yesterday with Fox News Channel’s Lou Dobbs, Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel observed that the media caused problem for Joe Biden by not investigating him during the primaries. Her assertion almost goes without saying since even well-known details of the former vice president’s past are new to many young voters who are in essence “meeting” Biden for the first time.

Despite the media’s efforts to obscure the “darker” details of Biden’s past and his current protestations of being the most progressive candidate in U.S. history, many are learning for example that he wrote much of a 1994 crime bill, the goal of which in his own words was to prevent “young people — tens of thousands of them — born out of wedlock, without parents, without supervision, without any structure, without any conscience developing because they literally … have not been ‘socialized’” from becoming “predators on our street.” Or that he was a vocal opponent of “sending white students to majority-black schools and black students to majority-white schools” and was friends with “some of the Senate’s most fervent segregationists.”

Perhaps worst of all, they are discovering that the candidate who now preaches against “systemic racism” gave the eulogy at the funeral of Sen. Robert C. Byrd, whose own claims to fame included having filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for more than 14 hours in the Senate. But that wasn’t Byrd’s most notable “accomplishment.” He was also a member of the Ku Klux Klan. That’s right. Joe Biden, one of the most unracist men on planet Earth, eulogized a Klan member.

Luckily for the Democratic nominee, the ever-vigilant mainstream media are there to “set the record straight” (translation: save his bacon as the presidential race tightens going into the home stretch). (RELATED: MSM won’t report on Hunter Biden scandal, but they WILL report on ‘evidence’ that it’s bogus)

The Associated Press ran one of its famous “fact checks” and arrived at the conclusion echoed in the title of this post. But if you bother reading past the title — and the AP hopes that the Twitter generation won’t have time for that — you learn that the wire service is not saying that Biden didn’t eulogize Byrd, although that is the impression they are seeking to convey. Rather it’s the technicality that Byrd wasn’t a “grand wizard” of the KKK, as some sites have wrongly maintained. Instead he rose only to the post of  “exalted cyclops.”

The AP may have earned itself the coveted Liberty Unyielding Booby Prize for Misleading Arguments, though the Washington Post might have cinched that dubious honor last Monday with its ridiculous defense of Biden after he plainly referred to Donald Trump as “George” during an interview.

LU Staff

LU Staff

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