Twitter users are tweeting an image of Joe Biden apparently participating in an event with a performer in blackface, trying to get reporters to pick up the story. It’s a complete fake.
Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel called out the scheme Thursday, tweeting an image from the faked video, and the real version. He explained that someone took original CSPAN video and distorted it to make a Black performer look like a white person wearing blackface. He identified a YouTuber who had shown the altered clip and falsely described it.
The doctored version of the video, which makes a black singer look like a white guy in blackface, previously appeared on Jimmy Dore's YouTube show. He falsely described the event as "a blackface affair for a bunch of rich white people." pic.twitter.com/J3dBCciL3C
— David Weigel (@daveweigel) July 16, 2020
Here’s the tweet with the fake video.
— Big Fish (@BigFish3000) July 16, 2020
You can see the original clip, unaltered, on CSPAN, here. Notably Biden did make a joke of calling the performer, who is actually Jerome Powell, by the names of Michael Jackson and Prince.
It’s one more piece of disinformation that he been shared to discredit Donald Trump’s presumed opponent. The BBC reported in March that Twitter had marked as ‘manipulated’ a Trump-tweeted video in which Biden appears to encourage voters to re-elect Donald Trump, when in fact he is saying that, if the campaign gets into the rut of a “circular firing squad” then another term of Donald Trump will be the result.
Then there’s the fake Joe Biden ad that Trump actually retweeted. The Verge noted that the original tweet had a caption saying, “This is a real ad 100% cannot make this up.”
However, the ad actually was made up, entirely. It’s an image of Joe Biden, with the text, “His brain? No. His heart.” At the bottom is text indicating that the ad was approved by Biden and paid for by Biden for President, but it’s not true.
Continued fakes should be a reminder to voters to double-check all information, especially from social media sites and untrustworthy sources, and make sure that the 2020 election is decided based on facts, not propaganda and fiction.
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