The conservative and liberal talking heads all say their candidate won the vice presidential debate last week. What I find particularly troubling is the lack of journalistic objectivity from The Sun in regard to what Vice President Joe Biden said, which in the heat of the moment sounded authoritative and sincere ("VP rivals come out swinging," Oct. 12).
Here are four points on which one can easily score The Sun and Biden a zero: First, on the account of Mr. Biden saying that Obamacare would absolutely not force Catholic organizations and others to pay for contraceptives, the written response from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops regards this as false. Secondly, in the matter of Mr. Biden lambasting Rep. Paul Ryan for voting for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while inferring that he voted against the wars, the answer again was false. In the matter of Syria being five times larger than Libya and having one-fifth the population, the answer again is false (it is one-ninth the size, but has greater than three times the population). Finally, in the matter of "our" not knowing about the Libyan embassy's request for additional security, the answer is false. The State Department denied requests multiple times.
One would hope that someone at The Sun would seek answers to these questions: Was Mr. Biden lying or what he shifting blame to try to deflect criticism away from President Barack Obama's failed leadership? Or has Mr. Biden simply lost it? It is quite possibly a little of each. And this leads one to question his competence as the next in line to be President of the United States.
Christopher Pistell, TowsonCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun