Reuters published an article in which the establishment outlet "fact checked" alleged rumors on social media that President Joe Biden used a "white power" gesture during the CNN town hall in Baltimore, Maryland, on Thursday.
"He made the hand gesture while saying corporations pay 'zero cents', in response to a question about tax rates," Reuters tweeted, linking the "fact check."
"There is no indication his gesture was in any way connected with white power," Reuters declared in the article, concluding with a "missing context" verdict.
In the article, Reuters stated in the piece's lede that Biden's hand gesture was in reference to corporations not paying taxes. Biden can be heard saying along with the motion, "You have 55 corporations for example in the United States of America making over 40 billion dollars, don't pay a cent, not a single little red cent."
"Ridiculous from this historically great wire service," commented independent jouranlist Ky Chow, after Reuters embedded the viral Thursday night tweet of Washington Times columnist Tim Young's. "The users they quote are clearly being facetious and either the Fact Check team didn't bother checking out the accounts, or they wilfully ignored it to make this seem real," Chow added.
"Biden flashed the white power sign while a black man was asking him a question. I’m literally shaking," jested Libs of TikTok, a comical Twitter account that exposes the insanity and nonsensical rhetoric of liberal TikTok videos.
The myth that the "OK" gesture is a symbol of "white supremacy" is a long-running one on the left, and its signing has been weaponized against many prominent figures, including and especially ex-President Donald Trump. Take this article by none other than Forbes, for example. Or this article by the Rolling Stone.
The mainstream media appears to have no problem pointing out instances when individuals have used the "OK" symbol when they're Republicans, calling it emblematic of white supremacy. At no time had Reuters or other fact-checking mamoths ever fact-checked one of these far-fetched incidents.
In fact, the Washington Post infamously said in this 2019 article that the hand sign should, in fact, be considered a "real hate symbol." The Post, however, has, as of yet, not seen it fit to pronounce on Biden's recent usage of it.
Biden stumbled several times, playing the fool at the CNN clown show.
When asked about his plans for the federal government to foot the bill for community college tuition, Biden veered into early childhood education before the moderator redirected the conversation. And for a while, Biden just awkwardly stood there on stage with his fists clenched, leading to a trove of memes.
During one question, Biden admitted that Americans shouldn't expect to see gas prices drop until next year: "My guess is, you'll start to see gas prices come down as we get by and going into the winter – I mean, excuse me, into next year, 2022. I don’t see anything that’s going to happen in the meantime that’s going to significantly reduce gas prices. I must tell you, I don't have a near-term answer."
CNN's viewership during the primetime slot was only half that of Fox News for the same time. Tucker Carlson Tonight beat the CNN town hall exclusive by a major margin. Carlson brought in over 3 million viewers to Biden's paltry 1.278 million.