Sean Hannity keeps altering a Joe Biden quote about the police to attack him - 2020-07-24
Sean Hannity has repeatedly fabricated a quote from Joe Biden over the past two weeks, inserting one or more words into the Democratic presumptive nominee's comment to falsely suggest he described police as "the enemy."
Biden has called for ending a federal program that helps provide surplus military equipment to police forces, saying during a July 8 interview that when police officers use such weapons, "they become the enemy" in the eyes of their communities. President Donald Trump's campaign and his media allies quickly seized upon and distorted those remarks. They falsely claimed Biden was describing his own view of the police and calling them "the enemy," rather than discussing the perceptions of the people being policed. In one particularly egregious case, Fox Business host Lou Dobbs actually altered Biden's quote to match that fraudulent reading, claiming that Biden said, "they have become the enemy" (emphasis added).
Fox News prime-time star Sean Hannity did the same thing while interviewing Trump on Thursday, falsely claiming that Biden "did say the police have now become the enemy" (emphasis added), as my colleague John Whitehouse noted. But that wasn't the first, or the second, or even the 10th time Hannity has altered that Biden quote. By my count, Hannity has added one or more words to Biden's "they become the enemy" remark at least 17 times, sometimes altering his quote as many as three times in a single broadcast.