CNN admits they won’t cover Biden with the same fervor they did Trump
The Trump era has been plagued by misinformation, mistakes, misleading reports and outright mendacity – and that’s just by the media.
Forget that none of the early predictions of President Donald Trump by our journalistic betters – he’ll become a dictator, he’ll launch a nuclear war, he’ll kill the economy, he’ll kiss Vladimir Putin’s toes, etc. – came true. Our intrepid media continue to toil under the Tur Maxim, right up until Jan. 20, 2021.
That is attributable to NBC reporter Katy Tur, who in the early days of the Trump administration noted, “Like firefighters who run into a fire, journalists run towards a story.” That thinking, of course, applied only to liberals like her. About a year later she argued that reporters for conservative outlets like Fox News, the Daily Caller and Daily Wire really weren’t journalists after all, if they dared to give Trump the benefit of the doubt.
Now, though, some of the heroes at the CNN firehouse – White House correspondent Jim Acosta and “fact-checker” Daniel Dale – have admitted that after four years of fighting the four-alarm blaze that was Trump – in which the president, who apparently doesn’t have First Amendment rights, was supposed to take their abuse politely and not dish it out – they expect a long respite under President-elect Joe Biden.
This admission is less newsy than the sun rising in the east tomorrow morning.
“I don’t think the press should be trying to whip up the Biden presidency and turn it into must-see TV in a contrived way,” Acosta told The Atlantic, adding that Trump’s willingness to counterpunch constituted a “nonstop national emergency.” That, Atlantic writer McKay Coppins opined, “required a defiant response.”
They don't know Biden very well, and apparently the plan is to keep it that way. What hacks. One of the best outcomes of the Trump presidency was that he lifted the veil on the "press".
— Zotzer (@zotzer) December 29, 2020
“If being at the White House is not an experience that might merit hazard pay,” Acosta continued, “then perhaps it is going to be approached differently.”
Dale told The Atlantic that it won’t be “a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week job to fact-check Biden.” Dale assured Coppins that Biden should be viewed with the same “intensity and rigor” – because, as Coppins put it, “the simple reality is that Biden doesn’t lie nearly as often as Trump does.”
Accordingly, Dale said with Biden he would instead be “debunking online disinformation and digging into claims made by congressional leaders.” Translation: The focus of partisan journalism will now be the villainous Republicans in Congress.
CNN “fact checker” admitting that he’s pivoting from fact checking Biden to focusing on “online disinformation,” AKA CNN code for Republicans who use the internet + "congressional leaders" which will almost undoubtedly = congressional Republicans in practice.
So predictable 🙄 https://t.co/SzkFuYKIFJ
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 29, 2020
The line that Biden is a truth-teller where Trump is not is a really a dangerous narrative the public must guard against.
Biden for decades notoriously lied about the man who was involved in the tragic traffic accident that claimed the life of Biden’s first wife and young daughter in the early 19070s. Dale, perhaps, isn’t old enough to remember that Biden abandoned his first presidential campaign in 1988 because he plagiarized the life of a British politician. In this run, left-wing journalist Shaun King uncovered 31 times Biden lied just about his role in the civil rights movement. Just four months ago, the “fact-checkers” at FactCheck.org remarkably offered a “greatest hits” list that spelled out lies Biden told during the campaign about COVID-19, Trump’s tax cuts, the war in Iraq, Social Security and Medicare, the 1994 crime bill that he wrote and other topics.
But apparently at CNN, they all got the memo of treating old Joe with kid gloves.
Recently on the network’s own “Reliable Sources” program, Jake Tapper said that with Trump it was often time “to just turn to the camera and just present some facts in a way that might clear up where there is obfuscation whether it’s about matters of decency or matters of fact.” “I don’t know that we’re going to have the need to continue to do those quite the same way in a Biden administration,” he added.
April Ryan, a CNN political analyst, earlier this month suggested that after reporters spent years spreading political hit jobs offered by anonymous sources within the Trump administration, that reporting leaks about Biden was a bad thing.
It seems that after Trump goes, the only job left for our “firefighters” is to stare at the dying embers.