The Hamburglar? How a Story About Meat Limits Fell Apart

President Joe Biden spent only a weekend as the “Hamburglar” in the conservative media world, but while the false story lasted, it moved with a damaging speed and breadth.

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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2019, file photo when former Vice President Joe Biden was running for president, Biden works the grill during the Polk County Democrats Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa. President Joe Biden spent only a weekend as the "Hamburglar" in the conservative media world, but the incident illustrated the speed at which a false and damaging story can spread. The Daily Mail wrote about things that could potentially be in a Biden climate change plan, and cited an academic study that mentioned reductions in greenhouse gases that could be achieved with limits on beef consumption. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden spent only a weekend as the “Hamburglar” in the conservative media world. But while the false story lasted, it moved with a damaging speed and breadth, another example of a closed ecosystem of information affecting public opinion. An academic study published a year before Biden became president was used to speculate that he would place limits on how much red meat Americans can consume as part of his…

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