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Several viral videos appeared recently, which depict Joe Biden debating "himself", by showing him having the completely opposite stance about an issue in different speeches, including memes about how the best opponent of Joe Biden is Joe Biden himself.

Are these videos (for example this one appearing on Trump's YouTube channel) depicting positions really expressed by Joe Biden at different times, or are they fake?

I would obviously consider it as fake if it turned out that either

  • the words were not even said by Biden
  • the excerpts are edited and cut together so that the meaning of his statements completely changes
  • the words are taken so out of context that in the original statement he was talking about something different.

I wouldn't consider it fake if the editing is made only to further emphasize or sensationalize his statements, given that he really did express those stated viewpoints. For example, a reporter asking him about fracking, then he says he supports it in one clip and that he wants to completely eliminate it in another clip, obviously not both of his statements were said as a response to that same reporter. But if he did really express those viewpoints, it wouldn't be considered "fake" for the sake of this question, just because the two statements were given to two different reporters.

For example, here is another video in the same style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMSwAbDIUWU

Obviously it's a parody, and Biden is not responding directly to the "reporter" in the clip, but if he really did express those opinions, for the sake of the question it would be considered real, and if the videos are cut together so that the meaning of his words is thereby changed, it should be considered fake.

One criticism of this second video might be that the first question (police presence) shows him at visible different ages, so if they are taken decades apart, one might argue that his views have slowly changed over time. But most of the other excerpts are quite recent, regarding both his differing viewpoints.

  • Analysis of such a thing would involve a lot of interpretation, no? That's problematic for this site. – fredsbend Oct 20 '20 at 14:40
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    Is this asking about holding two opposing views at the same time, or over time? People change their mind about issues. – Erik Oct 20 '20 at 15:05
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    I think there is a difference between supporting fracking and not banning it. – Joe W Oct 20 '20 at 15:24
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    The video linked shows Biden decades ago saying something with no context and applying it to current events. The video probably isn't fake but there's not enough context to say whether his views then and now are even contradictory. Even if they are contradictory, people's viewpoint changes over time. I'm surprised there aren't similar videos showing Trump's party affiliation over time, he was a democrat as recently as 2009. As far as I'm aware Biden has always been a democrat. – ewanc Oct 20 '20 at 15:34
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    1) We can't check the veracity of clips we haven't even seen, so let's focus on the one you provide. 2) Ideally, I would limit it to one issue, rather than three. 3) Please transcribe the quotes. 4) The question isn't whether the video is "fake" but whether the quotes are authentic and accurately convey his stated position. – Oddthinking Oct 20 '20 at 18:31

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