Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary, made a surprising admission after President Joe Biden made an incorrect claim in a speech this month. When asked about the president’s statement regarding the passing of former New Mexico governor and Clinton Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, Jean-Pierre acknowledged the inaccuracy.
“The initial statement from the president about the passing of Governor Bill Richardson included condolences for his wife of 50 years, Barbara, and their daughter, Heather,” a reporter began. “That line about Heather, the daughter, has been removed because they didn’t have a daughter named Heather — or a daughter.
“So can you walk us through how these press releases are fact-checked; who signs off on them in the end; and then, in this case, how this error was made?” the reporter asked.
“So, look, we apologize for the error,” Jean-Pierre began. “Certainly, that is not something that, you know, we want to do, right? We want to make sure that we get this information out clearly and in a straightforward way to the American people. So, that was not done intentionally. And certainly, when we realized that error, it was removed from the website.”
Next came the startling admission.
“We do have fact-checkers here. We do have multiple people who take a look at — at the press releases, especially from the president. This was just a miss, unfortunately. And we apologize for that miss,” she admitted.
The research wing of the Republican National Committee pointed out the exchange on the internet.
Karine Jean-Pierre apologizes for issuing a press release with condolences for former Gov. Bill Richardson's non-existent daughter named Heather:
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— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 6, 2023
Under President Biden, many have noticed an increase in the frequency of misstatements and falsehoods. Recently, commentators of Fox News’ “The Five” got into a heated debate over something the President said while visiting the fire-ravaged island of Maui in Hawaii. This has caused much consternation about the current administration’s tendency to spread misinformation.
Conservative journalist Jeanine Pirro expressed her outrage after a five-member panel’s liberal member, Jessica Tarlov, attempted to defend President Biden’s statement during his recent visit to Hawaii.
After the country’s deadliest wildfire took hundreds of lives, Biden attempted to ‘relate’ to Hawaiians who had lost their loved ones and belongings by mentioning a small kitchen fire that almost resulted in the loss of his beloved vintage Corvette.
Many felt that this was an insensitive comparison and Pirro made her feelings on the matter known.
“I don’t want to compare difficulties, but we have a little sense, Jill and I, of what it’s like to lose a home,” Biden said. “Years ago now, 15 years ago, I was in Washington doing ‘Meet the Press.’ It was a sunny Sunday.
“Lightning struck at home, on a little lake that’s outside of our home — not a lake, a big pond — and hit a wire that came up underneath our home into the heating ducts, air conditioning ducts,” he continued.
“To make a long story short, I almost lost my wife, my ’67 Corvette, and my cat,” he added.
Tarlov showed support for Biden, who recently made a comment about a dog trained to detect human remains that was wearing small boots to protect its paws from the charred ground, though some were taken aback by his apparent lack of awareness.
“You guys catch the boots out here?” Biden appeared to ask the press traveling him. Afterward, according to Fox News, he smiled and said, “That’s some hot ground, man.”
His reference to the “hot” ground after the country’s deadliest wildfire did not sit well with many people who expressed their outrage online.
“He was talking to a dog whose paws are on the ground!” Tarlov said, which set Pirro off.
“Are you kidding me? This is a guy who goes to an infern, an inferno where a thousand people and children are missing,” Pirro said. “He talks to a dog, and he talks about the fact that he almost lost a cat!”
“This guy has been lying from the moment he came on the political scene,” she said. “He has a lack of empathy, he is egocentric, he’s got a condescending smirk whenever anybody asks him a question from the press. He is lying, and he’s narcissistic.”
She suggested that Biden’s visit to Maui wasn’t motivated by his empathetic nature, but instead was an attempt to “make it about himself.”