Full coverage of President Joe Biden's first press conference from the White House on his 64th day since taking office.

By Angela Fraioli
06/04/2021 • 11:32 AM EST

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: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: While more Americans, in raw numbers, have indeed been vaccinated, at least a dozen other countries have vaccinated a greater percentage of their population.[1]
: post hocsee definition - proclaiming that because something occurred after X, it was caused by X, when no causal relationship may exist at all.
: Biden takes credits for reopening schools, when the survey he cites was done in January, reflecting openings already underway before he took office.[1]
: post hocsee definition - proclaiming that because something occurred after X, it was caused by X, when no causal relationship may exist at all.
: Biden credits the ARP for improvements in job growth, when even without the fiscal stimulus, employment was projected to grow significantly in 2021.[1]
: minimizationsee definition - characterizing something that you don't want to address as trivial or insignificant, in order to shift the focus away from it and onto "more important" things.
Biden trivializes campaign promises he's made and not yet delivered on to focus on "the most urgent problem," COVID and its economic impact, which he has delivered on.
: baseless claimsee definition - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but is wholly undecided or unsubstantiated.
: Biden claims that many journalists thought it would be impossible for him to get the COVID relief bill passed without Republican votes, when it was common knowledge that, using reconciliation, he could get it passed without Republican votes.[2]
: fault as virtuesee definition - technique where a weakness is presented as a strength, by focusing on any positive aspect of it.
: Biden characterizes the recent increase in illegal immigration at the southern border as a possible affirmation of his good character.
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: There's been a 63% (not 28%) increase in children at the border; with the 28% increase being in total apprehensions at the border, which doesn't happen every year.[3]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: There is not always a significant increase in the number of people coming to the border in the winter months, such as in 2017, when it declined.[1]
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: Trump didn't eliminate aid to Central America; he reduced it by about 30% over his full term in office.[3]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: While the vast majority of single adults are being sent back to their countries; only 41% of families are being sent back.[3]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: Between between 1917 - 1970, there were 58 motions to break a filibuster. Last year alone there were 118, which is about two (not five) times as many.[3]
: baseless claimsee definition - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but is wholly undecided or unsubstantiated.
: There is no documented evidence of children starving to death as a result of Trump's "Remain in Mexico" immigration policy.[1]
: glittering generalitiessee definition - vague words or phrases used to evoke positive emotional appeal, without presenting supporting information or reason.
: About allowing access and committing to transparency for all migrant facilities when his plan is underway and he's in a position to implement what he's doing, once he gets "this thing" moving, (when it's unclear what his plan is or when it will be underway).
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: The widespread practice of family separations had already been rolled back by Trump, through an executive order in June 2018.[4]
: slogansee definition - a brief, striking phrase that people will remember, which typically acts on emotional appeals.
: "This makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle."
: cherry pickingsee definition - presenting only evidence that confirms your position, while ignoring or withholding a more significant portion that contradicts it.
: Biden seems to be touting polling data that shows Republican voters support some key parts of the COVID-19 relief bill, but ignores the majority polling data that shows those same voters don't support the bill itself.[1]
: glittering generalitiessee definition - vague words or phrases used to evoke positive emotional appeal, without presenting supporting information or reason.
: About figuring out how to get "this" done and stop the filibuster's abuse, when it's totally unclear what "this" is or how he would stop its abuse without abolishing it.
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: While it's true 83% of the Trump tax cut goes to top 1% as of 2027, only about 25% goes to the top 1% until then.[6]
: virtue wordssee definition - using words that are attractive to the value system of the target audience.
"Soul, dignity, honor, honesty, transparency."
: slogansee definition - a brief, striking phrase that people will remember, which typically acts on emotional appeals.
: "They (the middle class) built America, and unions built them!"
: cherry pickingsee definition - presenting only evidence that confirms your position, while ignoring or withholding a more significant portion that contradicts it.
: Biden again appears to be referencing only the polls that show he has Republican-voter support for some parts of the stimulus bill, while ignoring all other polling data that shows otherwise.[1]
: minimizationsee definition - characterizing something that you don't want to address as trivial or insignificant, in order to shift the focus away from it and onto "more important" things.
: Biden sidesteps discussing any gun control initiatives to focus on "priorities," like infrastructure.

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References
1. "Fact-checking President Biden's first news conference". The Washington Post. Published: March 25, 2021.

3. "FactChecking Biden's First Press Conference". Politifact. Published: March 25, 2021.

4. "Falsehoods About Family Separations Linger Online". FactCheck.org. Published: August 27, 2019.

5. ""The vast majority of the American people"". Politifact. Published: February 19, 2021.

6. "Democrats' Misleading Tax Line". FactCheck.org. Published: January 26, 2018.

7. "Most Republicans Still Won't Accept That Biden Won". FiveThirtyEight. Published: May 07, 2021.

9. "Fact-checking Joe Biden on the American Rescue Plan". Politifact. Published: March 11, 2021.