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ABC Blasted For Editing Joe Biden’s Quote On Afghanistan During Interview

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ABC News is facing a widespread backlash with people accusing the network of misleadingly editing the response President Joe Biden gave to a question about whether or not the Taliban have changed when it quoted his response in a tweet.

In an interview with the channel’s George Stephanopoulos, Mr Biden was asked about the Taliban’s future strategy for governing Afghanistan.

Stephanopoulos asked: “What happens now in Afghanistan? Do you believe the Taliban have changed?”

“No.” responded the President. “I think– let me put it this way. I think they’re going through sort of an existential crisis about do they want to be recognized by the international community as being a legitimate government. I’m not sure they do.”

However, in a post on Twitter, the news channel published an edited “exclusive” version of the exchange, and removed both “No” and “I’m not sure they do” from Biden’s answer, which some observers said removed crucial context as to the meaning of the response.

The edited clip sparked debate on Twitter and some commentators accused ABC News, and the wider media, of being disingenuous.

@AlbertDSergeC1 said the edit “changes the precise meaning and context of the rest of his answer,” while @TylerFe5082 wrote: “The problem with the current media in one tweet. There’s no appetite for honesty and substance. It’s all click based.”

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