Like many of you, I was shocked when I read on the Drudge Report that Vice President Biden referred to a Custard shop manager here in Wisconsin as a “Smart A**” after said manager asked about lowering taxes. The arrogance! Drudge still has the headline up as the top news story as does FoxNews.com. Obviously, this is meant to paint the Vice President as a liberal elitist who only wants to raise taxes despite the pleas of working class people like you and me.
Of course, the only problem is, its just not true. When you get past the front page of these websites and actually read the content of the story, you find a much different picture. Here the Fox News account:
What do we owe you?” Biden is heard saying in footage captured by WISN-TV.
“Don’t worry, it’s on us,” the manager replied. “Lower our taxes and we’ll call it [the custard] even.”
“Why don’t you say something nice instead of being a smartass all the time,” Biden said a few minutes later.
Later in the same story we read the manager’s take on the ordeal:
The manager said later in an interview with WISN that he thought Biden didn’t seem happy initially about the taxes comment, but that the vice president later whispered that he was just kidding.
Here is the evening news video of this account:
Here is another video account: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/06/26/biden_calls_manager_who_told_him_to_lower_taxes_a_smartass.html
To is clear that the Vice President was joking around and this was not to be taken seriously. Yet, this is not the impression on would recieve if you were to just read the headlines on the Drudge Report and Fox News.
Two lessons to be learned from this:
(1) Never skim through the headlines of a controversial story, get the details and find out what really happened.
(2) The “conservative media” is just as biased as the so-called “liberal media.”
(3) Think for yourself, stay informed, but most of all – just think!