Washington Post Calls Biden A Liar In Scathing Hit Piece
When Al Gore was running for president in 2000, intent on extending the Bill Clinton presidency to a third term, the mainstream media and late-night comedy shows said, “Not so fast.”
The New York Times mocked him for hiring feminist Naomi Wolf — for $15,000 a month — who told him he needed to wear more “earth tones.” And Saturday Night Live ridiculed him almost weekly as a rigid, robotic candidate, often having him say simply, “lock box.”
Needless to say, Gore didn’t win.
Now the same thing appears to be happening to Joe Biden, who’s running a sputtering, gaffe-filled campaign as he stutters and stammers his way across the country.
It all got worse on Thursday, when The Washington Post ran a story headlined, “As he campaigns for president, Joe Biden tells a moving but false war story.”
The piece is brutal.
Last Friday, Biden held court at a campaign event in New Hampshire. And like he does, he told a story, this one about a four-star general he said had asked him to travel to Kunar province in Afghanistan back when he was vice president. The task: award a heroic Navy captain with a medal. Biden told the 400 or so attendees that the captain had rappelled into 60-foot ravine to recover the body of a slain U.S. soldier, and as he went to pin the medal on him, “He said, ‘Sir, I don’t want the damn thing!'” Biden said.
“This is the God’s truth,” Biden said. “My word as a Biden.”
The Post said this: “Except almost every detail in the story appears to be incorrect. Based on interviews with more than a dozen U.S. troops, their commanders and Biden campaign officials, it appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion and regret that never happened.”
Biden visited Kunar province in 2008 as a U.S. senator, not as vice president. The service member who performed the celebrated rescue that Biden described was a 20-year-old Army specialist, not a much older Navy captain. And that soldier, Kyle J. White, never had a Silver Star, or any other medal, pinned on him by Biden. At a White House ceremony six years after Biden’s visit, White stood at attention as President Barack Obama placed a Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, around his neck.
The upshot: In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.
Read the whole piece here.