Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Biden Speaking Very Slowly About Fentanyl -- It Was Altered

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Biden Speaking Very Slowly About Fentanyl -- It Was Altered Manipulated

Does a video on social media show President Joe Biden speaking very slowly and haltingly about the powerful drug fentanyl? No, that's not true: The video in a viral Instagram post has been digitally edited. In the real, extended video, Biden speaks at a natural pace on various topics at a press conference during the U.S.-China summit in November 2023.

The claim appeared in a video post (archived here) on Instagram on November 18, 2023. The black-and-white text in the post, above a video of Biden speaking behind a lectern, reads:

Holy Shlt. Get this doofus away from all microphones!

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

11-22-23 Biden Speaking Slowly Video Image.png

(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Wed Nov 22 14:24:44 2023 UTC)

The video in this post was edited to make it appear that Biden was speaking very slowly and only about fentanyl. However, the original 20-minute 20-second video, which appeared in this November 15, 2023, CNN post on YouTube titled, "President Biden holds news conference after Xi Jinping meeting," shows Biden making the comments, starting at 7:42, and speaking at an average pace.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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