Where is the beef? Some Republicans are incensed that president Joe Biden would ban red meat. Believing that lie is akin to believing that the new president is banning water and decreeing all people must drink creme soda, because that could be his favorite. Or it is like believing that all pre-teen children are banned until they reach adulthood. On second thought, that last one does have some merit.
The beef ban lie raised its ugly head two years ago. It started when anti-Green New Dealers released this conspiracy theory with all of the cattle methane gas. Now, the lie has returned.
Fox News Anchor John Roberts finally admitted on air that his show was wrong when it said President Joe Biden was trying to require Americans to sharply reduce their intake of red meat.
It all started when the Fox host claimed falsely that the president’s climate change initiative would force Americans to cut down on eating red meat. POTUS did announce that he would cut U.S. gas emissions in half by the year 2030.
Here is Roberts eating his own words, according to The Wrap:
‘On Friday, we told you about a study from the University of Michigan to give some perspective on President Biden’s ambitious climate change goals. That research from 2020 found that cutting back how much red meat people eat would have a drastic impact on harmful greenhouse gas emissions.’
‘The data was accurate, but a graphic and the script incorrectly implied it was part of Biden’s plan for dealing with climate change. That is not the case.’
Roberts was referring to a University of Michigan study that came out in 2020. It looked at how American meat-eaters impacted greenhouse gas levels. The study argued people should eat plant-based or vegan alternatives instead of half their animal-based diet. Then, emissions would come down substantially.
Apparently, Roberts and his team at Fox did not read The Daily Mail article carefully. It argued for:
‘[C]onsuming roughly one average sized burger per month.’
The White House got a chuckle out of this one, The Washington Post reported:
‘To White House aides, the wholly fictional Biden-will-ban-hamburgers story line was in part an amusing flare-up perpetuated by Republicans who have struggled to find ways to successfully attack the president. They joked privately that White House press secretary Jen Psaki should start her daily press briefing by eating a burger.’
Fox Business’ host Larry Kudlow topped off that conspiracy theory with a frightening one of his own:
‘Biden was going to make us all grill Brussel sprouts for the Fourth this year.’
Texas Governor Greg Abbot got his back up over losing one precious burger a month. Then, Donald Trump Jr. leaped into the foray saying:
‘I’m pretty sure I ate 4 pounds of red meat yesterday. That’s going to be a hard NO from me.’
Fox hosts added:
‘[F]our pounds of red meat a year,” alongside chyrons that read, “Bye-Bye Burgers Under Biden’s Climate Plan. To meet the Biden Green New Deal targets, America has to, get this, America has to stop eating meat. No burger on July 4. No steaks on the barbecue.’
Gun-toting Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) worried her gun-themed restaurant would eat into her profits:
‘Joe Biden’s climate plan includes cutting 90% of red meat from our diets by 2030. They want to limit us to about four pounds a year. Why doesn’t Joe stay out of my kitchen?’
So everyone can relax, pull out their bar-b-que grills, and put on their chef hats for Independence Day celebrations.
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