Facebook 'Fact-Checker' Slammed for Defending Biden's Watch-Checking
USA Today rules claim 'partly false' despite statements from family members in attendance
After Joe Biden triggered outrage by repeatedly checking his watch during the dignified transfer ceremony for fallen American heroes last Sunday, Facebook's left-wing "fact-checkers" scrambled to clean up the backlash.
During the ceremony at Dover Air Base, where the remains of the 13 U.S. service members - who were killed during the chaos caused by Biden in Kabul last week - were received, the Democrat regime leader prompted outrage from the Gold Star families in attendance by looking at his watch.
After videos and images emerged of Biden checking his watch during the ceremony, the incident quickly triggered fury in patriotic Americans everywhere.
After the ceremony, several family members who attended the ceremony spoke out to blast Biden's lack of respect, saying he repeatedly checked his watch throughout the service.
However, despite the eyewitness accounts, Facebook's "independent fact-checker" USA Today felt it necessary to fact-check the claim that Biden repeatedly eyed his watch.
In a shameless ruling, the "fact-checker" labeled the claim that Biden repeatedly checked his watch as "partly false."
To note, if one of the "independent fact-checkers" disputes claims, any post that makes that claim is pulled - or "reduced" - from Facebook's News Feed, essentially removing it from the information cycle.
In the original fact check, USA Today argued that images of him glancing at his wrist happened after the ceremony had ended.
Based on our research, we rate PARTLY FALSE the claim that Trump saluted the caskets of fallen U.S. service members, while Biden checked his watch. The pictures are real, but they don’t accurately summarize the two events. The way Biden honored the 11 caskets presented at Dover Air Force Base, with a hand over his heart, was similar to how Trump paid respects to fallen service members during his presidency. Biden checked his watch, but he did so after the ceremony had ended.
Despite not being at the ceremony, "fact-checker" Daniel Funke completely ignored statements of families who were there and, instead, used images and videos of the event to rule the claim as "partly false."
As Neon Nettle previously reported, Mark Schmitz, the father of Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, appeared on Hannity with Darin Hoover - the father of Staff Sgt Darin Taylor Hoover Jr. - where they both said Biden checked his watch more than once during the dignified transfer.
Schmitz called it the most disrespectful thing he'd ever seen.
"The checking of his watch, that didn't happen just once.
"That happened on every single one that came out of that airplane.
"It happened on every single one of them.
"They would release the salute, and he would look down at his watch on every last one, all 13, he looked down at his watch.
"As a father, you know, seeing that and the disrespect...
"I leaned into my son's mother's ear and I said, I swear to God, if he checks his watch one more time - and that was probably only four times in.
"I couldn't look at him anymore after that.
"Considering especially the time and why we were there, I found it to be the most disrespectful thing I've ever seen," said Schmitz.
After significant backlash, USA Today issued a correction, admitting that Biden did check his watch during the ceremony and including Gold Star family statements.
The rating was subsequently changed to “Missing Context”:
“As my son and the rest of our fallen heroes were being taken off the plane yesterday I watched you disrespect us all five different times by checking your watch,” Shana Chappell, mother of Marine Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, wrote in an Aug. 30 Facebook post.
Darin Hoover, father of Marine Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover Jr., and Mark Schmitz, father of Marine Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Biden checked his watch multiple times during the dignified transfer. Hoover said it happened after each casket was presented.
USA TODAY was unable to independently verify exactly how many times Biden looked at his watch.
The publication explained that the “Missing Context” rating is in reference to a popular meme that compared a photo of President Donald Trump saluting caskets during a previous transfer ceremony with the photo of Joe Biden eyeing his watch.
“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,” said the outlet.
“The rating on this claim has been changed from partly false to missing context.”