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Fox News accused of editing video of Biden to make him look like he was using racial slurs

Fox News has been accused of selectively editing a clip of President Joe Biden speaking at a Veterans Day event in an attempt to show him making race-insensitive remarks.

The video, taken from Mr Biden’s speech at Arlington National Cemetery this week, included a section in which the president spoke about Satchel Paige, a baseball player known to have broken racial barriers who played in the Black Leagues before. that they were finally dissolved in 1962.

In his speech, Mr. Biden said, “I took the attitude of the great nigger, at the time, pitcher in the black leagues, became a great pitcher in the pros and Major League Baseball after Jackie Robinson. His name was Satchel Paige.

The full clip was shared and criticized by some Blue Mark conservatives on Twitter, including former President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump, though most dismissed it as a minor stumble on words.

But an excerpt from the speech broadcast by Fox News removed the context provided by the central part of the quote, so it appeared that Mr Biden had said he had “adopted the attitude of the great negro of the time. , pitcher, was called Satchel Paige ”.

Fox host Sean Hannity called the incident “one of [Biden’s] most disturbing and unsettling moments to date ”.

Fox & Friends discussed the edited version of the video on Friday morning, with its hosts saying Mr. Biden’s word choice was to “land him in hot water.”

Many journalists have tried to question this interpretation online. “I missed it last night, but what Hannity calls one of Biden’s most ‘disturbing’ blunders is fake news,” tweeted former Vox editor Aaron Rupar. “When Biden called Satchel Paige a ‘big nigger,’ he was clearly referring to Paige pitching in the black leagues. Watch the clip for yourself.

Still, it looks like the damage has been done, and by Friday night the hashtag #RacistJoeBiden had started appearing on Twitter.

A Fox News spokesperson admitted to showing the edited video but told the Guardian this was only done for the sake of time, and subsequent shows, including on Fox & Friends, carried the president’s full remarks. A report on the incident on the Fox News website called it Mr. Biden’s “latest blunder,” but presented the full quote in context.

Media ethics experts have stressed the essential responsibility of journalists when cutting videos to ensure that they do not alter the meaning of what has been said or omit the essential context.

“When editing video, journalists have an obligation to keep statements in the context in which they were delivered or to explain to viewers why a change was made. In the video presented by Fox & Friends, the cut was not at all clear, ”said Al Tompkins, a faculty member at the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank.

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