Because the unhealthy information surges and throbs once more concerning the coronavirus, you possibly can simply sense the dearth of political vitriol for this president. President Joe Biden will get a free go.
On CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Dec. 19, reporter Mark Strassmann solemnly marked “one other milestone in mourning.”
“Bells tolled Thursday for 800,000 Individuals useless from the virus. That’s virtually the inhabitants of San Francisco. Roughly 1,200 Individuals nonetheless die every day from the virus.” No person blamed Biden.
As an alternative, CBS preceded this dirge with a Biden lecture: “For the unvaccinated, we’re a winter of extreme sickness and demise, unvaccinated, for themselves, their households, and the hospital they’ll quickly overwhelm.” Blame them, not me, he insists.
Some journalists explicitly held Biden innocent. On MSNBC, John Heilemann proclaimed, “We all know the president will not be chargeable for this … We all know presidents get blamed for issues that they don’t should get blamed for.”
However early in 2020, Heilemann mentioned the precise reverse on the identical channel: “I don’t suppose it’s really an overstatement to say that Donald Trump has—there are tens of hundreds of people that will die within the nation, or a few of them have already died, extra are nonetheless going to die due to Donald Trump’s incompetence and lack of management.”
The Comcast boys jumped accountable Trump for each demise because the toll started. On March 12, 2020, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell introduced, “Extra individuals are sick in America tonight as a result of Donald Trump is president. Extra individuals are useless and dying in America tonight as a result of Donald Trump is president.”
They threw this assumption at Biden. On March 29, NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd requested, “Do you suppose there may be blood on the president’s palms, contemplating the gradual response?”
Two days later, disgraced MSNBC anchor Brian Williams repeated: “What’s President Trump’s degree of culpability, what’s his degree of accountability, say, towards the sickness and fatalities we’re witnessing each jiffy lately?”
Biden deferred however didn’t critique the questioners for this super-softball, with its echo of, “Can’t you do higher than this disastrous dolt?”
Jonathan Alter supplied this extravagant Trump tackle MSNBC: “He’s a public well being menace, and he has rivers of blood on his palms.”
Joe Scarborough was particularly rabid: “No person’s ever carried out a lot to kill so many individuals.” Just some weeks in the past, because the demise toll handed 750,000, Smeary Scarborough was nonetheless blaming Trump for all the things.
Even final week, MSNBC common Steve Schmidt was nonetheless blaming Republicans alone: “They’ve killed tons of of hundreds of individuals with the lies a few pandemic, a few illness that may be managed.”
If it’s so managed, then why hasn’t it stopped? On the ultimate presidential debate on Oct. 22, 2020, Biden mentioned the demise toll stood at 220,000 and added, “Anybody who’s chargeable for that many deaths shouldn’t stay as president.”
By that commonplace, shouldn’t he resign? He boasted, “I’ll finish this.”
However his enablers within the press (together with the “fact-checkers”) solely evade, elide, and excuse. In September, PolitiFact ranked his promise to finish COVID-19 as “In The Works”! PolitiFact rolled out Dr. Georges Benjamin of the American Public Well being Affiliation, who gave Biden “a wholesome B-plus” on getting COVID-19 below management.
That isn’t a factual judgment. That’s pure spin. Benjamin has routinely donated to Democrats, together with former President Barack Obama and Martin O’Malley, the previous governor of Maryland.
Leftist media shops similar to MSNBC spent 2020 treating COVID-19 prefer it was simply fixable—if voters merely put Democrats in cost. Their full lack of humility demonstrates that this was at all times politics first, science later.
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