Posted: Jun 25, 2022 12:01 AM
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On June 18, someone captured video of President Joe Biden riding a bike on vacation in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. When he came to a stop, he caught his foot in the pedal and fell to the pavement. Without it being on tape, no one would have cared much.On social media, conservatives quickly brought up how Donald Trump was ridiculed for walking gingerly down a ramp at the West Point commencement in 2020. The liberal media, stoked by Trump-loathing social-media accounts, spread it far and wide.Spencer Brown at Townhall pointed out the Biden campaign even made an ad championing Biden’s vigor, that he runs up ramps while Trump tiptoed down one. CNN’s Chris Cillizza wrote a silly piece headlined “Why the Donald Trump-West Point ramp story actually matters.“But what stood out on the Biden bike bumble was the “fact-checkers.” An AP Fact Check quickly proclaimed: “Despite a fabricated screenshot circulating online, The Atlantic hasn’t published an article with a headline describing President Joe Biden’s bike fall as ‘heroism.’ ”The fake headline was “The Heroism of Biden’s Bike Fall: The President gracefully illustrated an important lesson for all Americans — when we fall, we must get back up.” Ra …