USA Today issues correction on 'fact check' after claiming Biden checked watch 'only after ceremony' at Dover

Daniel Funke, whose Twitter bio says he ischecking facts + covering misinfofor USA Today, authored a fact check on Wednesday examining whether or not Biden actually kept checking the time on his wrist as the caskets of the fallen were rolled onto the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base last weekend, sparking outrage among the families who witnessed the distracted president.


“[Biden] did appear to check his watch during his visit to Dover Air Force Base. But he did so after the dignified transfer ceremony was over,” Funke wrote. “Footage leading up to the moment shows Biden with his hand over his heart for about 30 seconds as vans carry the service membersremains off the tarmac. After the vans had left, Biden closes his eyes briefly before dropping his arms and glancing down at his watch.

The fact check ruled the claimpartly false,” writing that the image of Biden that circulated on social media was real but that it does notaccurately summarizewhat occurred.

Critics blasted USA Today for suggesting that the Gold Star families who alleged they saw Biden check his watch multiple times during the dignified transfer ceremony had lied.

Die volgende dag, USA Today issued a correction.

Corrections & Clarifications: This story was updated Sept. 2 to note that Biden checked his watch multiple times at the dignified transfer event, including during the ceremony itself,” the correction read at the top of the report on Thursday. “The rating on this claim has been changed from partly false to missing context.

The headline also changed from “Feitekontrole: Biden honored service members killed in Kabul, checked his watch only after ceremony” aan “Feitekontrole: Biden honored service members killed in Kabul, checked his watch during ceremony.

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