I am reprinting a CNN fact check here to add a bit of a point to it. As for the errors reported, yes, the Biden campaign should be more disciplined than this. There is, however, a however, however.
Washington (CNN) Former Vice President Joe Biden made false claims in a Sunday speech in which he urged Senate Republicans to let the winner of the presidential election fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday.
We’re still poring over the transcript of Biden’s address in Philadelphia, but here are two initial fact checks.
The Trump campaign’s demand for a list
Biden argued that it would be inappropriate for him to release a list of prospective Supreme Court nominees, as Trump did during the 2016 campaign and did again this month.
Biden also claimed that the Trump campaign had not asked him to release such a list until after Ginsburg died.
“We can’t keep rewriting history, scrambling norms, ignoring our cherished system of checks and balances. That includes this whole business of releasing a list of potential nominees that I would put forward. They’re now saying, after they — after Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, they said, ‘Biden should release his list.’ It’s no wonder the Trump campaign asked that I release the list only after she passed away. It’s a game for them. It’s a play to gin up emotions and anger,” he said.
Facts First: This is just wrong. The Trump campaign and Trump himself had repeatedly said prior to Ginsburg’s death that Biden should release a list of prospective Supreme Court nominees.
When Trump released his latest list on September 9, the Trump campaign’s statement said in its title that “Biden must do the same.” The campaign repeated the demand for a Biden list in a statement on September 17, the day before Ginsburg died.
Trump had previously issued the same demand himself. In an August 24 speech at the Republican National Convention, Trump said, “I’m demanding, actually, a list: let Biden put up a list of the judges he’s going to appoint.” And in a June 22 interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump said, “You ought to ask a guy like a Biden or ask his campaign: give a list of judges, see where they stand on pro-life, see where they stand on it.”
It is completely inappropriate for the Preznit of these Untied States to preemptively release a list of potential justices. It is doubly inappropriate, bullying, and horrible for the opposition candidate to dare his challenger into doing so. The vetting process for this office should be nuanced, careful, and thoughtful. More important, it should be untainted. One does not achieve this result by posting one’s list on a corkboard like some glee club casting process. This is an occasion calling for some reserve, some diplomacy. Just ask Dubya George Bush how important the vetting process is in selecting a Supreme. Or just walk up to him and do the old pretend like you’re sneezing thing and shout “Harriet Miers” and see what his scrunchy little war-criminal face does, and please get a picture of it for me before the Secret Service takes you out back to break your kneecaps.
You don’t dangle out a list. It’s wrong and stupid, and fact-checking Biden’s misstatement, which I concede was also wrong and stupid, without mentioning that this is wrong and stupid is wrong and stupid.
CNN also wrote this:
Supreme Court dates
To bolster his case that the Senate should wait to confirm the next justice, Biden said: “By the way, there’s no court session between now and the end of this election.”
Facts First: Biden’s claim is simply inaccurate. The court’s next session is scheduled to begin on October 5, nearly a month before Election Day on November 3.
Fine. Fuggit. How about “we’re gonna have a vaccine soon,” or “it’s just gonna go away,” or “it’s gonna get cool sooner?” There are lies, and then there are huge pits dug into the ground just waiting to suck your body and your soul into the phantom zone as ether and burnt moss.
But both sides are just the same.