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Biden on gaffes: I may get some details wrong but not details like locking migrant children up in cages

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Via Becket Adams, I regret to inform poor Joe that he has this very important detail wrong too.

—“Speechless. This is not who we are as a nation.” — Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, former Los Angeles mayor now running for governor, referring in a tweet Sunday to photos showing young-looking immigrants in steel cages

THE FACTS: The photos, taken by The Associated Press, were from 2014, during the Obama administration, but were presented by liberal activists as if they showed the effects of Trump’s immigration policy now. Villaraigosa, Favreau and some others deleted their tweets when the mistake was pointed out.

They had linked to a June 2014 online story by The Arizona Republic titled “First peek: Immigrant children flood detention center.” The story featured photos taken by AP’s Ross D. Franklin at a center run by the Customs and Border Protection Agency in Nogales, Arizona. One photo shows two unidentified female detainees sleeping in a holding cell. The caption refers to U.S. efforts to process 47,000 unaccompanied children at the Nogales center and another one in Brownsville, Texas.

Remember last year when lefties spent a few angry hours one afternoon posting photos of young immigrant kids lying face-down behind a chain-link fence, looking to all the world as if they’d been housed in a large kennel? That effort quickly petered out after outlets like the AP reminded them that the photos were taken in 2014. How Biden’s team could have missed that episode and sent him out onto Colbert’s show to insist that the Obama administration never put kids in cages, knowing that Republicans are already paying close attention to Democratic hypocrisy on this issue, is mind-boggling. It makes you wonder if he botched what he was supposed to say: He would have been on firm ground if he’d said “at least our administration didn’t separate immigrant families.” It was unaccompanied minors who ended up kenneled by the Obama team, not kids who arrived here with an adult.

He walked right into another gaffe, this one much more substantive than the usual “Biden forgets the name of the guy whom he ran with in 2008” stuff. Why?

Next thing you know, he’ll be telling people that he opposed the Iraq war from the beginning.

He absolutely did not oppose the war from the beginning and it’s freakishly stupid for him to insist that he did. Democrats proved three years ago that they’re willing to forgive a would-be nominee who voted for war in Iraq. The issue has less salience in this year’s race than it did in 2016 or, of course, 2008. All Biden had to do was follow Hillary’s lead — “I was misled by Bush about Saddam’s WMD, I’m deeply sorry, I’d do it differently if I could do it again.” The one sure way to put Iraq back on Democratic voters’ radar is to try to whitewash history on it. Which is exactly what he did a few days ago in an interview with NPR.

Again, why? Does he honestly not remember the positions that he and, later, the Obama administration took on certain major policies? That’s more alarming than the idea of Biden simply lying to try to cover his tracks.

In lieu of an exit question, enjoy Adams’s long list of media outlets that failed to fact-check Biden on locking up migrant children in their write-ups of his Colbert interview. I’m giving you the whole clip here because it’s fun watching Colbert grapple with the awkward role he’s in with Biden as a guest. He doesn’t want to hit him hard lest he damage the party’s most likely nominee (for now, at least) but he also has to come after him to placate the progressives in his audience who want Biden cleared aside for Bernie or Elizabeth Warren. Usually a big-name Democrat on Colbert’s show is a pure ally. Not quite here, and it shows.

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Biden on the false war story he keeps telling: C’mon, the “essence” of it is true

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I mean, it kind of is.

But if you already have misgivings about Grandpa Joe’s ability to do the job, you’re not going to feel reassured by his insistence that he’s still able to access the basics of his memories. The … “essence” of them, if you will.

This is not an office whose duties can be carried out effectively with anything less than total attention to detail. And by “total attention” I mean watching hours of “Fox & Friends” and sh*tposting on Twitter about personal enemies.

Biden’s obviously in no condition to handle a job as demanding as that.

Seriously, though, he doesn’t sound great here:

Based on the report, it seems like there were a few different stories that you may have combined into one, but there was a soldier —

“There was a soldier, that had to do with a humvee that had blown up. There was another story where a young man was in a forward-operating base where someone got shot and fell down a ravine, and the young man went down and picked that person up, carried him up and he died. I was asked by a commanding general, would I pin a medal on him? He didn’t want the medal either because he said he died even though he went down under fire and saved a man. They were the two stories.”

The reason why some people are looking at this story, even though it’s just about one story in New Hampshire that you told, is broader concerns about misstatements on the trail. Obviously folks have asked you about your age and you’ve said we should judge by your performance.

“I think it’s ridiculous. The essence — that there’s anything I said about that that wasn’t the essence of the story. The story was that he refused the medal because the fella he tried to save and risked his life saving died. That’s the beginning, middle and end. The rest of you guys can take it and do what you want with it.”

Joe is still jumbled up on the details, which is why he resorted to the “essence of the story” bit near the end of the excerpt to try to wriggle out of it. The soldier who rappelled down the ravine was Kyle White; he received the Medal of Honor from Obama at the White House. Biden had nothing to do with it. Another soldier, Miles Foltz, rescued a comrade who was in trouble and under fire; Biden witnessed the ceremony in which Foltz received the Bronze Star during a trip to Afghanistan as a senator in 2008. The third soldier, Chad Workman, tried to save a buddy who was trapped in a burning vehicle; he was the one who received the Bronze Star from VP Biden in 2011 and who told Biden that he didn’t want the medal.

When the reporter asked him if he might be conflating details from separate stories, though, he answered, “No I don’t think so, but I haven’t seen the article.”

So he really is confused. He’s not just taking a little dramatic license by consolidating war stories to punch up a stump speech.

WaPo caught up to him on the trail this afternoon and also asked him for reaction. Quote:

In an interview with Washington Post opinion columnist Jonathan Capehart after the report was first published, Biden suggested he was telling Workman’s story in New Hampshire, although almost none of the details he offered matched what actually happened to Workman.

“I was making the point how courageous these people are, how incredible they are, this generation of warriors, these fallen angels we’ve lost,” he said. “I don’t know what the problem is. What is it that I said wrong?

Is he pleading “fake but accurate”? (Or “larger truth!”, I suppose?) Or does he really not realize that he’s mixed up three different stories and people are wondering if that’s further evidence that his mind is … cloudy?

If he were prepared for these questions, he would have said he’s been touched by so many stories of courageous American soldiers behaving selflessly while in danger that he wanted to honor as many as he could by mentioning details from their different experiences when he talks about this. That would be tantamount to admitting to lying but under the circumstances a virtuous lie is better spin for him than “I get confused easily and have trouble remembering things now.” No one’s going to vote for Elizabeth Warren because garrulous Grandpa Joe took a little license by incorporating several true stories about U.S. troops risking their lives for comrades. They might vote for Elizabeth Warren, though, if they’re convinced his brain is turning to oatmeal.

Anyway, enjoy this while it lasts because questioning Biden’s mental fitness will be completely verboten by the media the moment he clinches the nomination.

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WaPo: Joe Biden keeps telling the same war story — and has nearly every detail wrong

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A new round of a fun game we might be playing for the next 15 months: “Knowing Liar Or Just Old”?

The wrinkle about the game is that “knowing liar” is actually a better outcome for Biden. If the public concludes that he’s deliberately exaggerating the details of some experience he’s had, well, that’s politicians for you.

If, on the other hand, it concludes that he’s too old to keep his memories straight anymore, that’s another reason not to trust him with a four-year term as president.

There’s actually a third option that might explain this WaPo report. Call it the political equivalent of “poetic license.” (“Political license”?) He’s taking major elements from several incidents that did happen and combining them into a single incident that didn’t. Where does that fall on the Joe Biden “BS or fugue state” scale?

The story Biden (usually) tells has to do with a Navy officer rappelling down a ravine under fire in Afghanistan to rescue a wounded comrade, except the comrade ends up dying. Biden shows up to pin a Silver Star on him for his valor but the officer doesn’t want it. He failed in his attempt to save his comrade’s life, after all. Such is his selflessness and his focus on his men’s welfare that he feels he let them down despite putting himself in harm’s way to try to save them.

WaPo investigated. Result: He’s confusing at least two different incidents. One of them happened when Biden was a senator, not VP. It was in Afghanistan, not Iraq, as Biden sometimes claims. There was no Navy captain, rather an Army specialist. He didn’t rappel down a ravine, he climbed a hill. His comrade didn’t perish but survived. It was a Bronze Star he received, not a Silver Star. And he didn’t try to refuse the medal. That was a wholly separate incident from several years later, in 2011, in which an Army staff sergeant attempted to rescue a fellow soldier from a burning vehicle but got there moments too late to save him. Biden did pin a medal as VP on that soldier — a Bronze Star, not a Silver — and the soldier acknowledges that he did tell Biden that he didn’t want it.

So: Political license by Grandpa Joe or is he genuinely confused? Since all the basic elements of the story are true (courageous soldier reluctantly receives medal from Biden for trying but failing to save fallen comrade), is it really a big deal? Note that the staff sergeant, Chad Workman, found his experience with Biden quite moving.

Workman’s company commander told him that the vice president was going to pin a Bronze Star on him for his heroism. “I tried to get out of going,” recalled Workman, who has since been promoted to first sergeant. “I didn’t want that medal.” Nevertheless on Jan. 11, 2011, a cold, gray day, Workman stood at attention as Biden pinned the medal to his chest. The moment is memorialized in a White House photo and in a 2016 interview that Biden did with National Geographic.

Here’s how Biden remembered it: “You see the look on his face — he says, ‘Sir, I don’t want it. I don’t want it. He died. He died.’ ”

Workman’s version is the same, but with one added detail. He recalled Biden meeting his gaze. Workman told the vice president that he didn’t want the medal.

“I know you don’t,” Biden replied softly.

Eight years later, Workman still remembers how Biden looked at him.

“He has that look where his eyes can see into your eyes,” Workman said. “I felt like he really understood.”

Biden being Biden, whenever he tells his own version of this story it’s punctuated with “This is the God’s truth” and “my word as a Biden.” Maybe he thinks he has his facts straight and just doesn’t. Or maybe that’s just a politician’s tic: “Trust me!”

WaPo’s video is more damning than the story. Watch below. Were this an isolated episode, I bet the story wouldn’t even have been written. There’s nothing in it about Biden somehow exaggerating his own courage, as Hillary did in recalling her visit to Bosnia; the worst thing he’s guilty of is deliberately or inadvertently conflating the details of different real-life episodes. But this isn’t an isolated episode, of course — there’s a rolling debate on both the right and the left as to whether he’s “lost a step” over time. It’s another data point for the conversation. The real question is whether this same news story would have been written the same way had WaPo reported it next year, after Biden has been crowned Democratic nominee. At the moment he’s an obstacle to the left’s preferred candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, so WaPo will get no grief from progressives for having dropped this. Do it next year when Biden’s the only thing standing between Trump and a second term, though, and see what happens.

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Stan Lee Has the Perfect Advice for Writers Trying to Inject Social Politics Into Stories

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The late Marvel comics creator Stan Lee helped shape the culture as we know it. Lee had some very real things to say and was a master at saying them through his comics.

Marvel comics is now a sad shadow of its former self, and that’s because it has suffered the same fate that many other mediums have suffered. It has been taken over by a hard left that has put political messaging over good storytelling.

The resulting product has been so bad that the sale of Marvel comics has been falling drastically.

Making a point through creative writing is oftentimes the best way to make a point. Jesus even made his points by telling stories that helped people understand what he was talking about better.

Lee himself commented on this himself before his passing. As YouTube commentator Eric July tweeted out, the video should be mandatory viewing for every single writer at Marvel.

I’m going to go ahead and add that it should be mandatory viewing for everyone who writes creatively.

Lee says in the video that he always tried to craft his stories that it didn’t matter what race you were, making his audience as broad as possible. He added that any messages he tried to impart came second to the story itself, and never made the message so loud that it wasn’t “hitting the reader over the head.”

The amount of social justice messaging that we endure in our escapism nowadays has reached severe levels of saturation. It’s made many a beloved series and movies nearly unwatchable. A few examples involve 2016’s Ghostbusters and the recent episodes of Doctor Who. Even Star Wars wasn’t immune from social justice injection, and as a result, the story was thrown to the woodchipper in favor of imparting a female empowerment message.

Subtilty is the name of the game in any story when you’re trying to impart a message. This is also something that many a conservative storyteller has suffered from.

Lee is a sage even beyond the grave.

The post Stan Lee Has the Perfect Advice for Writers Trying to Inject Social Politics Into Stories appeared first on RedState.

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