Full coverage of President Joe Biden's second press conference, marking his first year in office.

By Nathan Yax and Michael Gordon
02/03/2022 • 05:58 AM EST

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: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: There were 3.4 million Americans vaccinated when Biden was sworn in.[1]
: post hocsee definition - proclaiming that because something occurred after X, it was caused by X, when no causal relationship may exist at all.
: Taking credit for creating 6 million jobs, when much of the job gains were a natural rebound from the 22 million jobs lost before Biden took office, due to the onset of the pandemic.[2]
: cherry pickingsee definition - presenting only evidence that confirms your position, while ignoring or withholding a more significant portion that contradicts it.
: Biden highlights only wage growth in "the bottom 40%," while not mentioning that, due to inflation, real wages actually declined for all other income groups by 2.2%.[3]
: post hocsee definition - proclaiming that because something occurred after X, it was caused by X, when no causal relationship may exist at all.
: Taking credit for eliminating out-of-network surprise medical billing, when Trump passed that legislation before leaving office in December 2020.[2]
: post hocsee definition - proclaiming that because something occurred after X, it was caused by X, when no causal relationship may exist at all.
: Taking credit for record job creation and record economic growth, when much of job creation and growth was a natural rebound from the losses due to the onset of the pandemic.[2]
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill only includes enough funding to start lead pipe removal nationwide, so many Americans affected by lead pipes will still be affected by lead pipes.[3]
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: As of this day, 73.6% of American adults are fully vaccinated.[3]
: exaggerationsee definition - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is.
: Most recent seven-day estimates suggest the nation has been administering approximately 7 to 8 million new doses each week.[3]
: passing the bucksee definition - shifting blame onto someone else for self-exoneration or to direct attention away from those really at fault.
: For rapid price increases to only Covid-19, when many economists say the decision to flood the economy with stimulus money helped fuel current inflation.[5]
: euphemismsee definition - replacing accurate language that may be offensive with language that is more palatable, to instill a positive association.
: The term "recalibrate the support that is now necessary" to describe the Fed phasing out their bond purchasing and raising interest rates.[6]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: The CBO estimates that the Build Back Better plan will raise the deficit by $367 billion.[7]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: The 17 Nobel Prize winners have said that about Biden's prior BBB plan, which included higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations, which has been largely dropped from the current plan.[8]
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Biden focuses only on the Covid mortality rate, while ignoring the infection and hospitalization rates, which are going up.[3]
: slogansee definition - a brief, striking phrase that people will remember, which typically acts on emotional appeals.
: "What are Republicans for?"
: slogansee definition - a brief, striking phrase that people will remember, which typically acts on emotional appeals.
: "What are Republicans for?"
: the American peoplesee definition - promoting a position as having the overwhelming support of all Americans, while providing no evidence that it does.
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
While $600 million in equipment has been approved for Ukraine, far less has actually been shipped.[1]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: The 17 Nobel laureates have said that about Biden's prior BBB plan, which included higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations, which has been largely dropped from the current plan.[8]
: slogansee definition - a brief, striking phrase that people will remember, which typically acts on emotional appeals.
: "What are Republicans for?"
: red herringsee definition - throwing an irrelevant fact into an argument to divert attention from the real issue at hand.
: Biden brings up the need to get a booster shot, which has no relation to the question of why the White House is still counting those without boosters as "fully vaccinated."
: glittering generalitiessee definition - vague words or phrases used to evoke positive emotional appeal, without presenting supporting information or reason.
: About there being "timing" and communication issues that have hampered getting voting rights legislation passed, (when it's unclear what those events were, what he failed to communicate, or how he intends to get it passed).
: straw mansee definition - misrepresenting an opponent's position or argument to make it easier to attack, usually by exaggerating, distorting, or just completely fabricating it.
: While the WH correspondent was questioning "the competence" of, among other things, the administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan, he was never questioning the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan.
: post hocsee definition - proclaiming that because something occurred after X, it was caused by X, when no causal relationship may exist at all.
: Taking credit for creating 6 million jobs, when much of the job gains were a natural rebound from the 22 million jobs lost before Biden took office, due to the onset of the pandemic.[2]
: guilt by associationsee definition - using an opponent's links to another to assign the other's beliefs, misdeeds, or other unattractive qualities to the opponent.
: Biden uses the act of not supporting current voting rights legislation to link those lawmakers to segregationists and racists of the past.[9]
: fake pollssee definition - reacting to any undesirable polling data simply by characterizing it as inaccurate or biased.
: cherry pickingsee definition - presenting only evidence that confirms your position, while ignoring or withholding a more significant portion that contradicts it.
: Biden highlights negative polling data for certain media outlets right after dismissing his own negative polling data.

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References
1. "Fact-checking six claims from Biden's news conference". CNN Politics. Published: January 20, 2022.

2. "AP FACT CHECK: Biden puffs up claims of virus, job gains". AP News. Published: January 19, 2022.

3. "FactChecking Biden’s Press Conference". FactCheck.org. Published: January 20, 2022.

5. "Rapid Inflation Fuels Debate Over What’s to Blame: Pandemic or Policy". The New York Times. Published: January 22, 2022.

6. "Biden Says Stemming Inflation Is Fed’s Job, Backs Policy Shift". Bloomberg. Published: January 19, 2022.

7. "Summary of Cost Estimate for H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act". Congressional Budget Office. Published: November 18, 2021.

8. "Fact-checking President Biden’s second formal news conference". The Washington Post. Published: January 19, 2022.