CNN exaggerated its personal influence by internet hosting Joe Biden for a “city corridor” on Tuesday night time. Chris Cuomo previewed it by claiming “We’re minutes away from historical past!” Properly, at the very least they handled the occasion as historic sufficient for his or her “reality checker” Daniel Dale to review it for boo-boos.

However guess what? Dale by no means appeared on CNN’s tv reveals to share his Wednesday findings of “4 false claims” by Biden. He final appeared on TV per week in the past, fact-checking the Trump aspect of the impeachment trial on Cuomo Prime Time. This on-line piece is not any comparability to Dale calling Trump a “firehose” of lies, but it surely was reality checking. These are the 4 cited: 

1 Minimal wage. Biden stated “after we listed it at $7.20, if we stored it listed by — to inflation, individuals can be making 20 bucks an hour proper now.” No, Congress authorised a minimal wage of $7.25 in 2009, so Dale stated “Regulate for inflation, $7.25 in January 2009 was equal to $8.98 in January 2021.”

2. Immigration. Biden stated “The overwhelming majority of the individuals, these 11 million undocumented, they are not Hispanics; they’re individuals who got here on a visa — who was capable of purchase a ticket to get in a airplane and did not go dwelling. They did not come throughout the Rio Grande swimming…” Dale replied “the Migration Coverage Institute assume tank estimated in 2018 that 73% of undocumented individuals within the US communicate Spanish at dwelling and 68% are from the Mexico and Central America area, with an extra 7% from South America.”

3. China. Biden claimed that in China, “extra persons are retired than working. How can they maintain financial progress when extra persons are retired?”

Dale replied: “It isn’t even near true that extra individuals in China are retired than working — even right this moment, not to mention when Biden was vice chairman and the Chinese language workforce was youthful. China reported having about 775 million employed individuals on the finish of 2019; China had a reported 254 million individuals aged 60 or above, the normal retirement-benefits age for males.”

4. Free group faculty. Biden repeated his known as for group faculty to be free for all. He stated it would price $9 billion: “We spend nearly that cash as a break for individuals who personal racehorses.” Dale replied “There isn’t any accessible proof for the declare that the tax break for racehorse homeowners prices the federal government nearly $9 billion. The White Home declined to supply a supply for the determine.”

It is unclear if this was the “fourth” false declare, as a result of Dale additionally tackled Biden’s unusual discuss on vaccines. He centered on Biden saying when “we got here into workplace, there was solely 50 million doses that have been accessible.” Moments later, he stated, “We obtained into workplace and came upon the availability — there was no backlog. I imply, there was nothing within the fridge, figuratively and actually talking, and there have been 10 million doses a day that have been accessible.”

However he defended Biden telling Cooper “whenever you and I talked final, we talked about it is one factor to have the vaccine, which we did not have after we got here into workplace, however a vaccinator.” Dale wrote “A few of Biden’s Republican critics have focused on his declare that ‘we did not have’ the vaccine after we got here into workplace — suggesting that Biden was denying {that a} Covid-19 vaccine existed in any respect below President Donald Trump. Given the opposite feedback Biden had simply made, we predict it is clear in context that this was not his precise which means.”

This declare demonstrates the elasticity of “reality checking.” There’s the plain which means of what Biden stated, however then Biden’s media defenders say “effectively, it is not his precise which means.” If Trump had come after Biden in historical past and claimed there was no vaccine when he was inaugurated, then it could be “Pants On Fireplace” time, all the time giving no advantage of the doubt. Dale did the identical Biden protection on Twitter: