Stephen L. Miller, a well-known conservative commentator, uncovered what appears to be an audacious maneuver by mainstream media outlets — they’ve begun quietly editing older stories to sync up with Joe Biden’s recent public acknowledgment of his seventh grandchild, Navy Joan Roberts. This might seem like a minor ripple in an era where daily digital updates barrage us. Still, it exposes a far more profound concern: the media’s willingness to “adjust” facts to provide cover for political narratives.
On the X platform, formerly known as Twitter, Miller, aka @RedSteeze, cast a spotlight on this disturbing trend. Why, he asked, are media sources revising history rather than publishing new stories about Biden’s decision to finally acknowledge Navy? A cynical observer might speculate this is an attempt to shift focus from the damning testimony of Devon Archer, Biden’s close business associate, before Congress. But that wouldn’t fit the image of an impartial media, would it?
They're rewriting history.
— John J (@JohnJtheSane) August 3, 2023
For years, Biden presented himself as a devoted grandfather to his six grandkids. Yet, there was Navy Joan, his seventh grandchild, the daughter of his son Hunter and Lunden Roberts. Despite a DNA test confirming Hunter’s paternity, Biden stuck to his narrative. White House staff were instructed to maintain the count at six. Even during the “Take Your Child to Work Day” event at the White House in April, Biden reaffirmed, “I have six grandchildren, and I’m crazy about them.”
This intentional omission drew harsh criticism, even from progressive Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. In her op-ed “It’s Seven Grandkids, Mr. President,” Dowd lamented Biden’s refusal to acknowledge Navy Joan, which contradicted his oft-stated belief that “the absolute most important thing is your family.” The piece carried a particularly damning indictment. Dowd’s Republican sister, Peggy, wrote a heartfelt letter to Biden, accusing him of failing to accept his beautiful granddaughter.
Imagine being the type of person who decides how they feel about their grandchildren based on polling data. https://t.co/D3wyRyt1LV
— Michael Seifert (@realmichaelseif) July 31, 2023
After years of silence this week and what many conservatives view as a politically calculated move, Biden finally admitted publicly that he has seven grandchildren. He even said he communicates with them daily. The admission sparked a wave of conservative backlash, with critics like GOP rapid response director Jake Schneider bluntly commenting on X, “This guy is a real piece of garbage.”
Speculation has swirled about why Biden chose to acknowledge Navy Joan now. PublicSq. CEO and founder Michael Seifert suggested on X that Biden’s decision might be based on polling data rather than genuine family values. This might seem a harsh judgment, but it’s a natural response when Biden’s shift happens amid media coverage quietly falling in line with this new narrative.
This alteration of reality, however subtle, is concerning. Americans rely on the media to provide unfiltered, factual information, not manipulate it for political ends. As we witness the media’s propensity to rewrite history, it becomes more critical than ever to question and verify the ‘truths’ presented to us. With the media seemingly acting as a ‘defense’ for political narratives, it’s time to reevaluate where we place our trust.
Biden’s eleventh-hour acknowledgment of his seventh grandchild may appear as a simple family matter on the surface, but beneath it lie questions about the media’s credibility and the politicization of personal lives. In this shifting landscape, one fact remains undeniable: our trust in media and leaders is only as strong as their commitment to transparency and integrity.