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Boebert Uses Fake News to Decry Fake News

Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) today tweeted this statement about polling of President Biden’s address last night.1

It does seem unrealistic to think that 85% of Americans approved of Joe Biden’s speech. And it would seem to question CBS’s credibility to say so.

What CBS Actually Said

But CBS never said that, and the fake news here is from Boebert herself.

What CBS said was 85% of viewers approved of Joe Biden’s speech. Immediately after introducing the number they explained why,

“Now, I’ve got to add right off the bat here, that as is typical with presidential speeches, a lot of his own partisans made up the bulk of the audience.

So this audience was majority Democrats watching it. And for context back when President Trump was giving speeches a lot of Republicans watched those. So you’ve got to know that behind these numbers.”2

So CBS was careful to emphasize and qualify the number so there was no misunderstanding. Here’s the video from CBS with the comment.3

Despite CBS’s blatant attempt to avoid misinterpretation of their poll, Twitter users misinterpreted it anyway.

Boebert, in one of the most blatant displays of hypocrisy, uses this lie about CBS as evidence that CBS cannot be trusted. On the left, Rob Reiner repeated the lie4 in order to justify running left-wing policies through congress.

  1. Twitter: Boebert 85% Tweet, NMTimes: Backup Archive of Tweet
  2. Quoted by Yahoo Finance: 85% of viewers approve of Biden’s address to Congress, CBS News polling says
  3. Twitter: Original CBS Tweet, NMTimes: Backup Archive of Tweet
  4. Twitter: Rob Reiner Tweet, 5:42 AM · Apr 29, 2021

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