Devine on today’s cheap fake

In her Devine Online newsletter, New York Post columnist Miranda Devine comments on today’s cheap fake video (links omitted):

There’s a video doing the rounds of Joe Biden struggling to get into an SUV waiting for him Tuesday night after he flew into his beach house at Rehoboth, Delaware, from a fundraiser in Virginia with the First Lady. You can see him place his left foot inside the vehicle, missing the little lower footstep, and then he stays motionless for about 12 seconds, his right foot planted on the ground, seemingly lacking the muscle strength to climb into the car or the wit to re-position his foot. His upper body slowly sinks forward until the video cuts out, so you never see how his dilemma is resolved.

In the grand scheme of the president’s daily infirmities, the video is unremarkable. We’ve become used to Biden’s tumbles and stiff gait, his periodic freezes, meandering, and outbursts of gibberish.

But the White House and the Biden campaign are now trying to pretend that a couple of recent videos in which the president starts acting weird and has to be shepherded around by the Italian Prime Minister at the G7 or by Barack Obama in LA are not real, but “cheap fakes,” or “deep fakes,” as White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called them. “Cheap fake” is a term coined by disinformation divas in the Censorship Industrial Complex to describe videos that have been deceptively edited or cropped to be misleading. It is meant to sound like “deep fake,” which is the term for an actually fake, AI-generated video.

In reality, the White House is just trying to hide the cognitive and physical deficits of an 81-year-old president who has chosen to present himself for re-election in five months. But they can’t hide Biden entirely, and most people have seen elderly relatives decline, so it’s no mystery what is happening. The president is old, and the voters know it.

We would have forgotten those videos within a week, but the White House decided to make them a big issue. All they have done is draw attention to the president’s every fumble and misstep, which will now be sarcastically labeled “cheap fake.” Talk about an own goal.

We all have seen what we all have seen. The Democrats insist that we disbelieve the ocular proof. Devine doesn’t explicitly note how the word has gone out to the Dems’ media adjunct to take up the cause of suppression (such as Devine and the Post themselves experienced in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election). That’s what it’s all about.

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