Headline RoundupApril 19th, 2024

Did Biden’s Uncle Get Eaten by Cannibals During World War II?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

President Biden visited a World War II memorial in Pennsylvania this week, where he claimed that during the war, his uncle’s plane was shot down over a region of Papua New Guinea inhabited by cannibals. This claim contradicted military records and drew criticism from Papua New Guinea.

Key Quotes: Biden stated, “[H]e got shot down in New Guinea, and they never found the body because there used to be a lot of cannibals, for real, in that part of the New Guinea.” The Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) quoted Maholopa Laveil, an Economics lecturer with the University of Papua New Guinea, stating, “It paints PNG in a bad light. PNG has already had a lot of negative press around riots and tribal fighting and this doesn’t help, and [the claims are] unsubstantiated.”

Details: The Philadelphia Inquirer (Lean Left bias) quoted a report on the incident from the Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that did not mention cannibals. Additionally, the report revealed that the plane was not shot down, but instead suffered an engine failure.

How The Media Covered It: The Washington Examiner stated that Biden's remarks caused "yet another diplomatic incident with the strategic Pacific nation.” The article highlights that the incident could worsen relations between Papua New Guinea and the United States. The Philadelphia Inquirer compared Biden's assertion about cannibalism to prior misrepresentations Biden has made about his family’s military background, indicating that this is part of a continuing pattern. This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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