good news = no news
It's nothing short of astounding that the party that has done its best to prolong a pandemic can reap a political benefit from such a nihilistic position. Of course that party couldn't reap anything but scorn without unprofessional and unethical media coverage. The lack of context on Covid coverage is shameful. Covid is never mentioned in the endless stories on inflation, nor is the GOP's concerted effort to fight every form of virus mitigation. Apparently there is more fun and profit in the horse race and "Dems in disarray."
There's something really wrong with your country's brand of "journalism" when they don't want to reward the current president for actually doing his job despite the bumps & cracks on the road when it comes to fixing America's many problems.
However, they're okay with rewarding an unhinged fascist idiot with non-stop coverage of his racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, paranoid rants & violent threats just because Jackass O' Lantern brings all the clicks, views & profits despite their ignorance of the uncomfortable truth that they're implicitly hastening the destruction of American democracy for the Orange Ballsack & his GOP minions' benefit.
Like COVID, the same holds for the Ukraine crisis. IF Putin backs down, Biden, similarly, will probably get zero credit for defusing the crisis and averting a war.
When does Biden get credit? Never, that's when. After all, 2024 might be less of a horse race if Biden's accomplishments are lauded and played on the front page every day. Did we ever see such coverage of Trump's multiple failures? Hell, the corporate media is still holding back on the multiple crimes of the Tangerine Tyrant, especially now when after being emboldened by Trump, Putin's push into Ukraine seems in deep trouble because Biden has been able to stare him down while simultaneously uniting the NATO allies.
Media coverage of Covid has been appalling since the beginning. They do not talk about GOP intransigence except as a Biden failure, call Dems’ precautions as willfully “embracing fear”—as more than a thousand Americans continue to die each day—and demand a return to normalcy while chiding Dem leaders for doing so. School closings happened because of Covid outbreaks. Hard to keep classrooms open when large numbers of staff and students are out sick. Journalists have also failed at explaining why the CDC and other officials “change the rules”—because science isn’t static and we are constantly learning more about the virus and it’s impact. Because they are bored and tired, many in the media have pronounced the pandemic “over” with Omicron or have admonished us to accept thousands of deaths with a shrug because they want their full social lives back and charge dems with psychologically harming their children; after all kids don’t get sick or die from Covid (which of course is not true).
And if/when another variant comes around you can be sure it will all be Biden’s and the Dems’ fault for not doing something—last time it was testing; who knows what they will blame them for, we just know they will.
I truly despise them. They just do not care about the harm they do.
Perhaps the administration is smart not to declare a return to some form of normalcy as the virus and its penchant for mutation hangs like a cloud. But come on media. What's wrong with reporting good news? Has that gene been selected out? Great points Eric.
Nice little shiv there, Washington Post!
“The Ukraine crisis has featured an unlikely test of personalities: Putin, the ex-spy, has brazenly used the threat of military power, advertising his desire to control Ukraine and rewrite Europe’s security rules, even as he denied any intention to invade. But he has been met by a stalwart Biden, the genial career politician who stumbles over his sentences — but not, in this case, with his actions…
The Presstitution never stops.
Journalism 101: If you report good news involving Democrats, it’s proof of liberal bias.
Not reporting Republicans behaving badly is not a problem, because Republicans behaving badly is not news.
What amazes me is how the same hard core Republicans who hated the USSR now embrace Putin as a Christ-Centered Leader.
When will Biden ever get credit for something? Never! The MSM is not interested in covering a Democratic president in a positive light. They've been bought off by dark money likely or they simply don't want to be labeled "liberal" by the Right. Regardless of the reason, if Biden today found the cure for cancer himself, the press would be haranguing him for destroying a billion dollar cancer industry.
Because of the tone and tenor of the beltway press the far right is gloating. Show me a week without an orange blob on the front page. If he's allowed anywhere near any US election ever again history will lay it at the feet of the greed motivated press.
Reminds me of a very funny Bob Mankoff cartoon in the New Yorker: “No, Thursday’s out. How’s never – is never good for you?“
Different day same old same old… I’m still thankful for people like you who keep pointing this out.
There's a piece on Alternet today about how Americans cannot trust the press to protect democracy. The fascinating thing to me is that we can't even trust the press to protect itself. They do not grasp that the First Amendment cannot survive republican rule. That doesn't mean they need to be advocates. It does mean they should actually practice journalism. And, sadly, The New York Times is run by people who believe they should be, as they are, the standard-setter in American journalism, but have no more conscience or self-awareness than their favorite Hitler wannabe in Mar-A-Lago.
Dr. Fauci predicted that the Omicron surge would end by the middle of February. I don't know how Biden deserves "credit" for how the virus behaves, but it's very annoying when the press gaslights the public by blaming the surge on Biden. The number of vaccinations, with the exception of boosters, has stagnated. There is not much more Biden can do about that. NYC employees who refused to be vaccinated are being fired this week.
The pandemic will not end this year because the world does not have enough vaccinated people in it. And this virus has been so unpredictable that it doesn't seem prudent to believe it is evolving into a less harmful form. The problem with the press is that it has been actively participating in the Republican effort to politicize covid and thereby creating a whole new genre of "journalism" - The Pandemic and the Midterms, Pt. 1.
I’m waiting for the NYTimes to quote TFG’s statement that Covid will go away like magic and say that he was right.