Fact Check: Biden 'Fair Share' Clip Omits 'Not Being Gouged' From Gas Price Remarks

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Fact Check: Biden 'Fair Share' Clip Omits 'Not Being Gouged' From Gas Price Remarks Edited Video

Did Joe Biden promise a gas price hike when he said "We're going to ensure the American people are paying their fair share for gas"? No, that's not true: The excerpt circulating on social media clipped off the rest of what he said: that his administration wants to ensure Americans are not being "gouged for gas."

The claim appeared in a now-deleted Tweet by Townhall.com (archived here) and an MRCTV Facebook post (archived here) on December 8, 2021. It opened:

Joe Biden: "We're making progress. We're going to keep at it to ensure the American people are paying their fair share for gas."
Someone needs to help Biden.

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

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Dec 9 00:53:51 2021 UTC)

The Facebook post links to an article on the Media Research Center TV website (archived here) and includes a tweet from the account @townhallcom that uses video that clipped off the remainder of Biden's sentence in his December 8, 2021, speech.

A video posted on C-SPAN of Biden's speech on the bipartisan infrastructure law in Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri on December 8, 2021, includes the entire sentence.

The comments begin at 13:42 and -- if the video plays until 13:56 -- includes the phrase "...not being gouged for gas," stating that the policies his administration was enacting are helping to lower the prices of gas:

Nationally prices are down seven cents a gallon. Continue to fall. We're making progress. We're going to keep at it to ensure the American people are paying their fair share for gas, not being gouged for gas.

UPDATE:

Shortly after Lead Stories published this fact check, the December 8, 2021 MRCTV blog entry about Biden's speech was edited to correct the misleading account of what Biden sent.

MRCTV.jpg

Shortly after the fact check was published, Townhall.org deleted its original tweet and published a new tweet, (archived here) claiming the snipped-off clause had not changed Biden's meaning:

In case this, too is deleted, here is a screenshot:

Town Hall No change.JPG

(Twitter screenshot taken Fri Dec 10 20:49:20 2021 UTC)

Updates:

  • 2021-12-10T20:24:43Z 2021-12-10T20:24:43Z
    Updated to note MRCTV.org, after the claim was factchecked, revised its blog post to add back the clause snipped off a Biden sentence.

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