Biden shared a story about Satchel Paige who was a baseball pitcher in the Negro Leagues, before Jackie Robinson broke down the color barrier in Major League Baseball’s Veterans Day remarks on Thursday.
On “Fox & Friends,” Rachel Campos Duffy said Biden was “facing backlash” for comments at Arlington National Cemetery.
In his comments, Biden said he had “adopted the attitude of the great Negro, at the time pitcher in the Negro Leagues, went on to become a great pitcher in the pros in Major League baseball after Jackie Robinson, his name was Satchel Paige.”
But when Duffy played the clip, it was edited so Biden was heard saying he had “adopted the attitude of the great Negro at the time, pitcher, name was Satchel Paige.”
Duffy said Biden’s remarks were “landing him in hot water.” While “Negro” was once a common way to refer to Black people and still appears in organization names, the terms “Black” and “African American” are more widely used today.
Al Tompkins (a Poynter Institute faculty member), said journalists must keep video statements in context when editing it. They also have to tell viewers why the change was made. He said that the editing isn’t entirely clear in this instance.
A Fox spokesperson noted that the full remark was used when the story was repeated two other times on “Fox & Friends,” and said the one-time edit was made because of time constraints.