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Ed O'Keefe put himself in contention for the 2021 "Chucky" (named in honor of Chuck Todd to commemorate the dumbest question ever asked in the White House) with his demand to know if Joe Biden would guarantee timely delivery of Christmas gifts. I'm sure Jen Psaki's thought bubble went like this: "And I thought Doocy was the biggest dope in the gaggle."
I thought it was good seeing the level of involvement on this site, from about 40 comments per post to routinely around 100 comments. In checking out some of the old stories, looking back, it's funny seeing the number of "crisis for Biden's presidency" stories pushed by the media, so many, lost track of about a dozen of those stories.
One funny story, remember the "Biden wears a Rolex, oh no, how can he bond with the middle class" crisis. The press has attacked this administration no matter how absurd the story.
Think the press in general has had a hard time keeping up with this administration, and how Biden's administration doesn't let the press dictate the timelines or policies. Some story will come out how Biden is unprepared for some crisis, then the administration releases a well thought out policy that was being set up to handle that crisis, that they had clearly been working on for some time. Problem solved or addressed Causing the press to move to the next crisis. This administration may be one of the most qualified that we've had in some time, and the press just can't deal with it.
I share today's Press Run column on my facebook feed this morning with the following comment:
Again an article that shows the press is not giving Biden his due. https://pressrun.media/p/how-bidens-christmas-nightmare-turned?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoyMTg4NTEwNSwicG9zdF9pZCI6NDYyMTU3MjIsIl8iOiJGY2hRKyIsImlhdCI6MTY0MDcwMDc4OCwiZXhwIjoxNjQwNzA0Mzg4LCJpc3MiOiJwdWItMzMxOCIsInN1YiI6InBvc3QtcmVhY3Rpb24ifQ.pzJ5sM8vJE69-x1_M1_J3ZYq_OtuBIfz9uHZNZe8USU
Please read this article from Eric Boehlert at Press Run and share it. Maybe we as just regular people can start a groundswell movement to make the press print the great news about what is happening in this country! Share all the good news you find!
Maybe you could do the same, and we could begin to make a difference...
Right! And where are all the inflation articles now? What about the Afghanistan debacle? Not in the news either. Don't forget the rising gas prices! Oh wait, those are coming down now. The press is like Wile. E. Coyote, constantly ordering a new booby trap from ACME only to have it foiled by Road Runner Joe Biden. If the MSM truly wanted a better nation, they would be touting the first year accomplishments of one of the most effective Presidents the country has ever had. Instead, they long for the insanity de jour of the Trump era for their selfish ratings and clicks. How friggin' sad it all is.
Crisis du jour, failure to get testing kits out soon enough. Let’s see how long that drumbeat lasts.
For the first time ever, my wife and I ordered the majority of our Christmas gifts online. Every single item we ordered arrived before Christmas, often the next day, including one item we ordered last-minute for a grandchild that was not guaranteed to deliver, but still got here on Christmas Eve day. The times we did venture out to the brick-and-mortar stores, we never noticed any shortage of products and certainly not any "empty shelves". We actually laughed out loud at one news report that showed all the cargo ships supposedly loaded down with consumer goods for Christmas marooned somewhere off the coast, saying the supply-chain debacle was going to destroy the Biden Presidency. Americans have become so gullible and dumbed-down by the high-emotion click-bait media that we are now the laughing stock of the world.
At what point does the viewing and/or reading public catch on that what their hearing and reading isn’t the truth? I’ve stopping watching and I’ve cancelled subscriptions but are there concrete numbers to prove people are tuning out? Is a marked difference in revenue the only way awful reporting stops being the status quo?
Laughed out loud at the "Good Stuff" section, today. It's almost like when news outlets cease to provide news people lose interest in them. Funny how that works. 🙄 If news rooms could get back to their job of informing the public instead of trying to be profit centers for major media companies, we might start paying attention to them again.
I am one of those who is waiting to see my demo included in those polls: people who decline to be polled.
I want to know what basis the media had for claims that people were so upset by inflation. The consumer confidence index was up in November and December which would be really odd if people thought inflation was such a big threat to the economy and would continue indefinitely. The media clearly believed that but I seriously doubt the public did.
Gas prices are now back to normal levels, though higher than they were when people were staying home as any rational or honest person would expect.
Interesting is that the dishonest reporting that the mainstream keeps spewing is failing to attract an audience — correction: fails to retain their audiences.
My take is that there’s a broad sense among the people that something’s wrong but the media are refusing to explain what the problems really are so bad choices are made, specially but not only electorally.
Reading Eric today reminds me that this year the MSM is actually the fire-breathing Grinch who tried (and failed) to steal Christmas.
Anyway - I want to wish you, Eric, the best New Year, and thank you for a year of invaluable blogging, thereby preventing me from losing my marbles. And to the wonderful folks who comment here, a big thanks, a Happy New Year, and a virtual hug. It's great to be a part of a conversation among intelligent and informed people. Thanks again!
John Stewart was dead on when he compared the press to the dog from "UP," constantly distracted by "squirrel." Beltway journalists reel from one "crisis" to another, always positioning whatever is happening—supply chain snarls, a massive military and diplomatic draw down, the normal (messy) legislative process—as a major calamity and citing Joe Biden as the root cause of every "problem" whether the federal government has any control or not. Even when the president solves problems (or acknowledges mistakes and course corrects), they refuse to give him credit, as Eric has cited.
Unfortunately, it's only going to get worse in a few days because media's ONLY focus after the holidays will be the midterms. Every story will be filtered and framed through the lens of "what this means for the Dems' defeat." They've already been doing that, you say? True, but 2021 coverage was just a dress rehearsal. The intensity and focus we are going to see will be unprecedented because of what is at stake. I don't have faith in the media to actually make those stakes clear—most of the coverage will be the usual horse race bullshit, but on steroids (or meth)—though there are some (a very few) positive signs.
Luckily we have people like Eric B. to help keep us sane. Happy New Year all and stay healthy.
In a market economy, scarcity moves money into the pockets of the wealthy manufacturers. Induced scarcity increases demand and prices (and we read during the inflation news that manufacturers in fact increased prices just because they could).
It doesn’t take actual scarcity, just the perception of scarcity (as we saw at the beginning of the pandemic) to make people hoard, buy more than they need or earlier than they need it.
Inducing a scarcity panic for Christmas was a boon fall for retailer as Eric reports above. It feels totally manufactured to me. Now, the real question is will the Business Press report on this? They seem to have more integrity than Our Failed Political Press ™ but I am not sanguine.
I bought groceries yesterday. The prices of some items had gone up, but nothing I couldn't handle. Hardly the disaster the media has been yapping about.
As for Christmas, I gave gift cards and bought a new microwave and air fryer/toaster oven for myself, both of which came earlier than the store projected. The only problem I had was with the delivery person from Amazon who claimed he'd delivered an order but didn't.
I have encountered people who have bought into the rubbish media narrative that Biden is a "failed" president and that the economy is "worse than it was under Carter." Asking for specific examples, I usually get some silliness about gas prices, and then the responder will launch into the "supply chain" narrative. What I'm getting at here is that the public is gullible to the anti-Biden nonsense the press spews, and this is going to impact the midterms next year because, let's face it, it's only going to get worse.