Guest essay by Eric Worrall
The internet never forgets, even when the masters of the universe appear to be doing everything in their power to suppress narratives which hurt Joe Biden’s political campaign.
By Tara Subramaniam, CNN
Updated 1937 GMT (0337 HKT) October 26, 2020
Washington (CNN)Less than two weeks before Election Day, a new Trump campaign ad scheduled to air in Pennsylvania misleadingly portrays former Vice President Joe Biden’s stance on fracking, a drilling method used to extract oil or natural gas.
There is some basis for the Trump campaign’s continued attacks against Biden’s stance on fracking. During the July 2019 Democratic primary debate, CNN’s Dana Bash asked whether there would be “any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?” to which Biden responded, “No, we would — we would work it out. We would make sure it’s eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either — any fossil fuel.”
During the final presidential debate, Trump referenced these past remarks from Biden, prompting the former vice president to falsely insist he never said he opposed fracking. Biden then tried to clarify his position and claimed his past opposition was specifically about fracking on federal land only. While it’s untrue for Biden to say he never voiced an opposition towards fracking, it’s also inaccurate for Trump to claim Biden’s current plan is to end fracking if elected.
…Read more: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/26/politics/trump-biden-fracking-ad-fact-check/index.html
Given Biden has apparently shifted position a few times on the fracking issue, and even CNN admits he recently told an “untruth” about his past statements on fracking during the last Presidential Debate, surely it is reasonable to suspect Joe Biden does not want to come clean on his fracking policy.
What are the alternative possibilities? If Biden didn’t realise he was speaking an untruth about his previous statements on such an important issue, because his memory is failing, that would in some ways be even worse.