Fact Check: Joe Biden Did NOT Use A Teleprompter To Answer Questions During An Interview With Telemundo

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  • by: Dana Ford
Fact Check: Joe Biden Did NOT Use A Teleprompter To Answer Questions During An Interview With Telemundo No Prompt

Did Joe Biden use a teleprompter to answer questions during an interview with Telemundo? No, that's not true: The Spanish-language TV network said the accusation was "absolutely false." It published a video showing what happened: Biden was looking at a monitor, off to the side, which displayed the image of a viewer who had asked the Democratic presidential candidate a question.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) on Facebook on September 22, 2020. It read:

Oops "I lost that line". LMMFAO he has to use a teleprompter for a 1 on 1 interview!!!

This is what the post looked like at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Sep 23 19:52:37 2020 UTC)

In statements on Twitter, Telemundo roundly rejected the post's claim. It said that allowing someone who is being interviewed on its news programs to read answers from a teleprompter would be a clear violation of its policies. Here's Telemundo:

In the video Telemundo posted to Twitter, it's clear that Biden was looking at a side monitor that showed a viewer who had asked him a question. When the image dropped, he said: "I lost that lady." The anchor then told him that they could discuss the issue together, directing Biden's gaze away from the blank screen.

You can watch Biden's full interview here.

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  Dana Ford

Dana Ford is an Atlanta-based reporter and editor. She previously worked as a senior editor at Atlanta Magazine Custom Media and as a writer/ editor for CNN Digital. Ford has more than a decade of news experience, including several years spent working in Latin America.

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