Misleading election videos circle internet
Posted November 6, 2020 6:24 p.m. EST
A video circulating the internet made its way to the WRAL newsroom when a viewer asked us to look into what he says shows presidential candidate Joe Biden admit to voter fraud.
Wake County resident Andrew Tracer says he saw the video on the social media app TikTok.
"He did say I mean, out of the horse’s mouth, exactly what he was talking about when it came to election fraud," said Tracer.
In the video, it appears that Joe Biden is saying, "We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics."
Tracer says he watched the video several times to check for any cuts or edits made to the video. He says he did not see any.
"It sounds like him making an accidental, I guess we could say, admission of guilt. Because if this is true, it’s something that needs to be investigated," he said.
The video is, in fact, real. It is excerpted from a 27-minute interview on a podcast called Pod Save America. In the interview, Biden is asked to a two-part question on voting:
"Part one: what’s your message to the folks who have not yet voted or do not yet have a plan to vote? And, part two, for the folks who have already voted, the 50 million Americans who’ve already voted, what can they do over the last 10 days to help make sure that you’re the next president of the United States?"
As part of his answer, Biden says, "The Republicans are doing everything they can to make it harder for people to vote, particularly people of color to vote, so go to iwillvote.com."
Biden then continues to answer the question, and a portion from this answer is the one that circulated the web.
"Secondly we are in a situation where we have put together – and you guys did it for president Obama’s administration before this – we have put together I think the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics."
The Biden campaign clarified to the New York Times that the presidential candidate was referring to a team created to fight voter suppression and fraud.
East Carolina University professor Dr. Cindy Elmore says more and more people are looking to feed their confirmation bias.
"Most people are inclined to just believe what already confirms their biased views," says Elmore, "And since they have so much information out there to choose from, they can always find something that confirms their bias."
As technology continues to progress, Elmore says fighting misinformation will get harder.
"A lot of this is also due to technological advances in deep fake technology."
Tracer says watching the entire clip only solidified his belief that Biden admitted to voter fraud. He says he does his own research when confronted with a question.