(Liberty Bell) – For the first time, Twitter added a “fact-check” to a tweet from President Donald Trump about concerns that POTUS shares with many about the risk of fraud with mail-in voting.
It almost goes without saying, however, that they have not applied this standard to Trump’s prospective Democrat rival in the upcoming 2020 election, former Vice President Joe Biden, nor a host of other political opponents to the president who are apparently allowed to freely deceive the masses using their platform.
Also, as Breitbart notes:
Unlike Facebook, which gives itself plausible deniability for fact-checking bias by relying on “third party fact checkers” (almost all left-leaning) to pick and choose what to fact-check and what to ignore, Twitter made the decision to fact-check Trump’s tweet itself, linking to an official “moment” curated by Twitter employees and containing numerous articles from the mainstream media calling the president a liar.
In a comment to Breitbart News, Twitter said there was no way for the President even to appeal the dubious “fact-check.”
Meanwhile, as the outlet goes on to detail, Twitter has let falsehoods slide from Democrats, Biden, and legacy media that has been freely circulating on the network without any fact-checking.
1. NOT FACT-CHECKED: Media outlets falsely claim that Trump went golfing on Memorial Day
Several members of legacy media claimed that President Trump was out golfing on the Memorial Day holiday.
It’s not hard to scrutinize this claim. As Breitbart explains, “Trump was indeed golfing this weekend, but on Memorial Day itself, he attended a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetary [sic] with Vice President Pence. Twitter nonetheless allowed this claim to go viral without any fact-checking labels applied to it, on the same day it fact-checked a perfectly valid concern from the President about voting fraud.”
Different approaches to Memorial Day: pic.twitter.com/QQHioB4uqJ
— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) May 25, 2020
2. NOT FACT-CHECKED: Biden and other Democrats claim they called for shutdowns a week before POTUS
Biden regularly claims to be in the right about the coronavirus, and has falsely claimed that he called for a shutdown one week before President Trump did.
This is entirely baseless.
“There is no evidence that he made any statement of the sort — on the contrary, he is on record vocally opposing Trump’s early travel ban on China. His claim of an early call for lockdown, which took place during his now-infamous interview on The Breakfast Club, (2:34) has not been fact checked by Twitter,” Breitbart explains.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) May 22, 2020
3. NOT FACT-CHECKED: China claimed the coronavirus was created by members of the US military
For some insane reason, the American media seems to frequently take claims pushed by the Chinese Communist Party to heart, or simply ignore the audacity of their claims outright.
Breitbart explains that, “In March, Chinese government spokesman Lijian Zhao tweeted that ‘it might be the US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan.’ Beijing propagandists have also spread the false narrative, highlighted by U.S. lawmakers in a March letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, that China did everything possible to control the global spread of the virus — even though the communist government initially tried to cover up reports of the burgeoning outbreak in Wuhan, where the virus emerged.”
Even when presented with the opportunity to address Chinese misinformation, Twitter publicly declined to do so.
“In March, Twitter announced it would not take action against Chinese misinformation posted to the platform by official government accounts, such as those shown below. China has doubled the number of official accounts tweeting since January, and they have tweeted 90,000 times since April. Luckily for the communist country, China doesn’t face the same scrutiny on the platform as President Trump,” Breitbart notes.
This is sheer insanity at best.
2/2 CDC was caught on the spot. When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation! pic.twitter.com/vYNZRFPWo3
— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) March 12, 2020
In our fight against #COVID19, the Chinese government has always been open, transparent & responsible. We always speak the truth with facts. It’s crystal clear which country has been doing everything possible to ensure people’s life & health & promote anti-pandemic cooperation. pic.twitter.com/jGXXVbElPL
— Spokesperson发言人办公室 (@MFA_China) May 21, 2020
4. NOT-FACT CHECKED: Biden claims that Trump has “no comprehensive plan” to address the coronavirus or fix the economy
I mean…really? On the very same day that Twitter fact-checked Trump, Biden claimed that the man he believes he can beat in a general has “no comprehensive plan” for the virus and the economy.
It almost makes one feel dumber to even have to point out that this is false. The White House has released a step-by-step plan to reopen the country, which includes guidelines for how states can determine when and how businesses should reopen.
We are months into this crisis, and Donald Trump still doesn't have a comprehensive plan when it comes to COVID-19 or the economy. It's unacceptable. I released a detailed plan laying out what I would do months ago, and have built on it since. Take a look: https://t.co/xjxsDn2qCD
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 26, 2020
5. NOT FACT-CHECKED: Biden claims he wants records of Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations to be released
While Biden is feigning transparency in the accusations made against him by former staffer Tara Reade, he himself is blocking the release of his Senate records.
The mainstream media has been more than happy to support this narrative…and Twitter has happily ignored this false claim.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) May 1, 2020
6. NOT FACT-CHECKED: Media claims Trump was warned about the virus in November
In April, ABC ran a poorly-supported story that the National Center for Medical Intelligence, which is an arm of the Pentagon, had briefed the White House on the coronavirus. The NCMI, which does not typically comment publicly on intelligence matters, was forced to refute this dubious claim in a rare statement.
Nonetheless, viral tweets containing the article are still up on Twitter as of Breitbart’s writing on Wednesday.
Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources – @ABC News. The National Center for Medical intelligence findings on Coronavirus in China briefed to White House and military officials in 2019. What was done in response? https://t.co/PBgxOLAlrK
— GeorgeStephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos) April 8, 2020
7. NOT FACT-CHECKED: Kamala Harris claims that 100,000 coronavirus deaths “didn’t have to happen”
While such a hypothetical would be impossible to prove or disprove either way, Breitbart explains, this figure “is at the low end of what CDC officials predicted in March. Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted that if the U.S. took no action, deaths could have spiked to the millions. A low estimate, in the view of Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci, was between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths, meaning that Harris’ claim that the deaths ‘didn’t have to happen’ are in reference to the lowest fatality rate estimated by CDC officials.”
Over 1.6 million people in the United States have tested positive for coronavirus.
Almost 100,000 have died.
Nearly 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment.
Trump was briefed on this threat in January. This full-blown public health crisis didn’t have to happen.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 26, 2020
8. WHO claims “no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus”
Speaking of deaths that didn’t have to happen, in January, the World Health Organization parroted the claim made by Chinese investigators in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged, that it could not be transmitted human-to-human.
“The claim, repeated in a tweet from the official WHO account, was that there was ‘no clear evidence’ of human-to-human transmission of the virus. The claim, now obviously proven false, remains without any on Twitter without any ‘fact check’ label from the platform,” Breitbart notes.
Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China🇨🇳. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020
This is hardly the end of it, of course. Twitter has long been allowing false claims to thrive on the network while feigning concern about halting the spread of “misinformation.”
It’s not exactly news at this point, but President Donald Trump is held to a completely different standard when it comes to legacy media and big tech alike.