This is "news" in the same way that it would be news to say that ESPN showed edited highlights of a recent football game. That is, showing deceptively edited videos of Democrats is just what conservative media does, it's a feature, not a bug.
Is Twitter going to run a story like this every day between now and the 2022 election? Or might they try to act like a gatekeeper that keeps such intentionally deceptive garbage off of their platform? No need to answer, we know already.
Our situation now is that 99% of the people who create and consume those intentionally doctored videos of Biden DO NOT CARE that they're fake. Twitter can "fact check" all they want, but it likely has almost no impact on actual consumers of media.
A media world without gatekeepers is just a petri dish for propaganda. If we turn our public square into a battleground for competing propagandists, we're screwed.
And if one side engages in propaganda while the other side engages in good faith (and the mainstream media continues to engage in both sides journalism), then we're also screwed because propaganda will always win.
Gatekeeping is hard to do well. But distinguishing between straight-up deception and accurate reporting is something that would be a pretty low bar. The problem is that there are few outlets on the right who care much for accuracy, so enforcing this would look like bias.
I'll let Laurel and Hardy take it from here.

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