We are saying: In this New York Times whopper of a whopper, Grasp of Misinformation Ben Smith not solely writes about misinformation; he engages in it. Smith — who, recall, is accountable for publishing the wholly spurious Steele dossier at BuzzFeed — cites The Publish’s October 2020 story about Hunter Biden’s e-mails, claiming we insisted they “show President Biden’s corruption.” That’s not fairly true, however extra vital: The e-mails, which Hunter doesn’t deny are his and which have been corroborated by others, did join the daddy to the son’s influence-peddling and do provide compelling proof that Joe Biden lied when he stated he knew nothing about his son’s enterprise. Possibly Smith’s column was really meant for instance of misinformation, reasonably than a dialogue of it.
We are saying: The 2 males Jussie Smollett accused of attacking him in a hate crime testified this week that the actor paid them to “fake beat him up.” Smollett is going through six counts of felony disorderly conduct for mendacity to police and staging the hoax. But again in 2019, after Smollett made his allegations, then-soon-to-be-veep Kamala Harris raced to call it an “tried modern-day lynching.” No want to attend for the information; the story match her narrative — that America is crammed with violent mysoginistic, homophobic racists — a lot in the way in which that President Biden as soon as painted Kyle Rittenhouse as a white supremacist.
We are saying: Simply final month, we noted how the Related Press was blaming local weather change for killing off polar bears, whereas providing no laborious proof. Now, the BBC is pushing a equally wacky story of worldwide warming inflicting albatrosses to “divorce.” The story cites a examine claiming the birds usually mate with the identical accomplice for all times however hotter climate can drive as much as 8 % of them to search out different mates. Sure, it’s headline does replicate the examine, although the scientists concerned had been much more hedged. Extra vital, although: Is that this actually such a significant drawback? Certainly, if true, it exhibits the birds adapt. Simply as people can. Not less than the BBC didn’t goal “structural racism” — as did a 2020 headline in Food & Wine in citing (get this!) the distinction between yams and candy potatoes.
“There are objects yearly that promote out, which can be laborious to search out.”
— President Biden, Dec. 1
We are saying: President Biden actually wants to consider new methods to lie. Early this yr, he claimed the surge at the southern border was merely seasonal and would quickly abate. But the variety of migrants was far increased than in other years and solely acquired worse. Now he claims shortages in shops, as Christmas procuring begins, occur “yearly.” Sorry, however the supply-chain problems have little to do with Christmas; they began lengthy earlier than the season started, are anticipated to last more and are worse than ever. We marvel: Will Biden now declare each drawback he creates is simply “seasonal”?
— Compiled by The Publish Editorial Board