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Reuters mocked fact-checking fake video of Biden distracted by music from ice cream truck

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President Biden is well known for his love of ice cream, enough in fact that a major media fact-checking organization was dispatched to debunk a viral clip of him being lured by the soft tones of a truck of ice cream.

“Social media users are sharing a video of US President Joe Biden momentarily walking away during a speech by US First Lady Jill Biden and claiming he was distracted by an ice cream truck. The shared video, however, has been digitally edited to include music usually played by an ice cream truck,” Reuters news agency reported on Sunday.

The outlet was concerned about the airing of clips of Biden, while listening to first lady Jill Biden speak at a college in Washington, D.C., on September 10, 2021, walking away after apparently hearing a cheery ice cream truck jingle . The tweet below went viral last week. Other people ridiculing the president shared videos and posts with a crudely added ice cream truck in the background.

Reuters linked to a CSPAN video of the speech, which showed there was no ice cream truck music. It was unclear what briefly distracted the president as his wife was poetic about getting the kids back to school.

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“This video has been digitally edited to include ice cream truck music as US President Joe Biden momentarily walks away during First Lady Jill Biden’s speech,” Reuters concluded. The story had no single signature; it was the product of “Reuters’ fact-checking team”.

Reuters’ fact check also caught the attention of Twitter, which flagged the above video as “manipulated media” and linked to a page noting the outlet’s findings.

“A video released online of President Joe Biden momentarily walking away during a speech by first lady Jill Biden has been overlaid with music usually played by an ice cream truck, Reuters reports. The original video is from September 10. 2021, when the couple spoke at Brookland Middle School in Washington, DC, about the COVID-19 pandemic and child safety.”

The sober fact-checking of the humorous video caught the attention of social media users, who expressed their derision and amusement at the fact-checking.

“Oh for the love of Pete,” reacted journalist Jeryl Bier.

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“They actually checked this. Holy shit,” another user wrote.

Seth Abramson, the left-leaning academic known for pushing Russiagate theories, was among those angered by the mere existence of the satirical video in the first place.

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“How do I know the Republicans have nothing on Biden? Because every day their pimply-faced, basement-living trolls spew out fake media to try to establish a narrative of madness and incompetence. that reality does not confirm. If they had *anything*, they would stick to reality,” he fumed.

Biden’s penchant for ice cream often endeared him to reporters who covered him.


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