Critics of President Biden were taken by surprise on Friday when the New York Times published a report grilling the 46th president for exaggerating his achievements in business.
Times reporters Alan Rappeport and Jim Tankersley on Friday published an article titled “As Elections Approach, Biden Spins His Economic Record,” which claimed the president’s boast about his economic achievements was untrue.
The report began by summarizing the White House economic scenario: “As President Biden and his administration have been saying for the past few months, America has the fastest growing economy in the world, its student debt relief program passed Congress by a vote or two . and Social Security benefits became more generous thanks to his leadership.”
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The play stated, “None of this was correct.”
The report also claimed, “The President, long viewed as a beautifier of truth, has recently exaggerated his influence on the economy or omitted important facts.”
It then mentioned an incorrect claim by the White House on Social Security. The Times quoted Biden, then corrected him: “‘During my tenure, seniors are getting their Social Security check increases for the first time in 10 years,’ he explained. The problem: This increase was the result of an automatic increase in the cost of living, triggered by the fastest inflation in 40 years.”
The piece added: “Mr. Biden had done nothing to increase retiree checks — it was just a by-product of rising inflation, which the president has vowed to fight.”
The official White House Twitter account made the same claim about Social Security this week, and received a quick, community-based fact check from Twitter. The White House then retracted the tweet.
Going further skewering Biden, the Times stated, “It is common for presidents to spin economic numbers to improve their voice with voters,” but “presidential cheerleading increasingly involves exaggeration or misrepresentation about the economy and his political record.”
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The piece insisted that Biden’s “economic exaggerations in general pale in comparison to the stories of his predecessor, President Donald J. Trump,” although the mere fact that a major liberal media outlet would hound Biden for falsehoods took to social media for caused a stir.
Conservative journalist Michael Caputo encouraged the paper to go further: “Say it, NYTimes, do it. You can say it: Biden is a liar.”
Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., tweeted, “I am suspicious of NYT’s motivation to publicize the truth about Biden. It’s out of character for her. Maybe it’s the beginning of the left to blame him and his gaffs for the interim results, trying to replace him with another candidate in 2024.”
Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Brian Riedl appreciated the authors for their honesty in reporting the play. He tweeted: Thanks to @arappeport and @jimtankersley for reporting on the White House’s record of economic misinformation. It’s only getting worse, and even this article barely scratches the surface of the dishonesty they produce about economic policies that go far beyond normal political spin.”
Mark Hemingway, senior writer for RealClearInvestigations, tweeted, “It happens dot gif.”
Blaze Media CEO Tyler Cardon surmised that Democrats were weary of their president. He wrote, “You’ve seen enough.”
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Former Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller noted: “Even NYT says Biden is a liar. Vote out the Biden lackeys on Tuesday.”
Wall Street Journal film critic Kyle Smith sarcastically tweeted, “Certainly not.”
National Review’s Jeff Blehar commented, “Don’t blame that poor old man, it’s not his fault.”