This latest example, guided by one of the Republican National Committee’s Twitter accounts, shows how easy it is to single out a seemingly innocuous moment and imbue it with fallacious meaning.
The stakes for Biden’s first trip to the Middle East as commander-in-chief are high. With planned stops in Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia, the visit is expected to test his foreign policy acumen.
Equally important is the optics of these efforts, from the moment a president leaves Air Force One. The high-level leader-to-leader diplomatic visits are particularly detail-oriented, with an eye on striking visuals for the cameras.
The seven-second video tweeted by @RNCResearch of Biden’s arrival fails to reflect the US president being ready for the diplomatic challenges of the present. Instead, it shows a seemingly confused Biden, unsure of his surroundings – looking 79 years old.
The longer source video of the arrival shows the complicated protocol ahead of a scheduled photo op with new Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid. It shows the long receiving line and the endless red carpet.
But in the great tradition of “cheap fakes”, the excerpt cut and posted by @RNCResearch does not attempt to edit or change the video itself. He makes his point by removing the context of the original moment by simply adding text. And like a good “cheap fake”, it forces the viewer to do the heavy lifting by letting you fill in the contextual blanks.
The use of this clip is an example of manipulated video – what we refer to as “isolation” in our manipulated video guide – because it is intended to create a false narrative that does not reflect the event as it happened. has occurred.
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