Apparently only Democratic proposed legislation needs to have bipartisan support to be legit, even though the lack of Republican support is the result of a calculated political move that has nothing to do with the substance of the legislation. THAT is the story the Beltway media has agreed to ignore. No report on Joe Manchin or Kyrsten Sinema should omit Mitch McConnell's naked partisanship and the 49 stooges who go along with it.
I just think the messaging could be better from the Democratic side. I follow the DNC, WH and countless other Dems on Twitter to see the latest missives and they are consistently a brick of words rather than simple messages. Maybe just saying, "Roads & Bridges are getting fixed. Thanks Joe," would be simpler and better.
I swear the 'main-stream media' can't say anything positive about Biden or the Democrats to save their souls. If necessary they make shit up to sound all 'gloom & doom'. I'm so sick of their crap.
The problem is that not enough folks are paying attention. Most people get up, go to work, stand around drinking coffee discussing the latest episode of their favorite TV show. Too many people don't have the time and sadly the interest to delve into what's really going on politically. That allows news outlets like the Washington Post and the New York Times to create a narrative that they want people to believe. The question is why. Why are these mainstream news outlets doing this? Is it just because they need calamity to sell their newspapers? Is it because there is so much content out there that they need to create a false narrative to remain relative from an entertainment perspective? Or is it something more nefarious? When I hear people complaining about the liberal press it just makes my blood boil. Biden has accomplished more in 10 months than Trump did in four years or would have done in 4 or 5 terms if the "Big Lie" had succeeded.
Imagine if the press had responded to Reagan's "Morning in America" speech by complaining that Reagan was not doing enough to prepare for the eventual fall of night.
For what it's worth, The NY Times has a review of Jonathan Karl's book "Betrayal" that brings up Karl's failure to treat Trump for what he is. Here's a couple of excerpts:
"“I have never wavered from my belief that journalists are not the opposition party and should not act like we are,” Karl maintains in “Betrayal.” “But the first obligation of a journalist is to pursue truth and accuracy. And the simple truth about the last year of the Trump presidency is that his lies turned deadly and shook the foundations of our democracy.”
And... square that with how the press is treating the Biden administration, effectively as surrogates for the GOP.
"...“Front Row” includes a conversation in which Karl informed Trump that calling the press “the enemy of the people” was perhaps dangerous: “‘Some sick person might take your words to heart,’ I told him. ‘I hope people take my words to heart,’ he said, missing the point that I was warning of possible violence against journalists.”
Or perhaps it wasn’t Trump who was missing the point of that exchange — something that didn’t seem to occur to Karl, apparently so entrenched in his establishmentarian assumptions that until very recently he deemed certain distressing possibilities simply unfathomable. More than a year before the 2020 election, Karl asked John Kelly, Trump’s former chief of staff, what would happen if Trump lost and refused to concede. Kelly was sure that Trump would leave — and “if he tried to chain himself” to his Oval Office desk, “they would simply cut the chains and carry him out.”
Karl recalls being impressed by Kelly’s tone of confident authority. “I didn’t ask any more questions, but I still had a few,” he writes — a strange admission for the chief Washington correspondent of a major network. “The scenario described by John Kelly seemed too disturbing — and too absurd — to consider any further. I tried not to think about it again.”
The media spent 5 years not thinking. Karl is not an outlier.
Karl's book is full of insiders telling him things that show they knew what was going on - but never said at the time, and certainly not in public. One wonders how many of the press were engaged in similar behavior, producing anodyne reporting while inside going "WTF!?!??"
Coupla points; As much as they unfairly hold Pres. Biden to a much higher standard on all things presidential, the WP did restrain itself in today's early online offering by relegating the news of the twice-indicted and now arrested (and then let free) felon, bannon to a low page afterthought. CNN on the other hand featured on top, in the largest font, an "analysis" on how the blatherings and whinings of this gutter dwelling loser carries enough weight to "undercut" the Jan-6 panel's strategy, complete with all the toxic quotes and defiant photograph. Meanwhile, the President leads by example, quietly, without, say, staging a cabinet meeting featuring nothing more than a bunch of toadies publicly on tv telling him what a great and wonderful leader he is, and on, and on. Instead, he does the work, signs the historic bill for the People, and watch, today will get back to work on the rest of it. Perhaps a campaign to point this out to the press, often, might gain some traction? No?
I read that piece yesterday and even made a comment. This morning when I read Press Run, a single name popped into my head - Jeff Bezos. The greediest man in the world, or at least one of them, does way better with the Republican Party in power than the Democrats and thusly, the WaPo has turned into the GOP rag that it has become.
I, for one, think journalists should call out editors who insist on narrative first and facts second. Readers and viewers needn't be fact checkers after the fact.
And we Post readers raised hell about it in the comments section. We're tired of the constant Biden put-downs. It could be that WaPo's new editor is a Republican wanting to damage Biden's presidency because the coverage of it is generally negative. Yesterday two readers stated on the thread that they were cancelling their subscriptions because this article was the last straw.
I think Biden doesn't talk to Americans enough. People are blaming him for inflation even though they have money and the situation is global and related to the pandemic, and that's due to the media claiming he is somehow supposed to fix it.
When the CNN Milk Story dropped I wondered if the real scandal in that story wasn't inflation but was actually price-gouging with inflation being the excuse. I don't know if anyone has really investigated that angle.
"Biden Cures Cancer. What Took So Long?"
I have coined a new term for the folks in the mainstream media.
Was watching Nicole Wallace interview Chris Christie and man did she wipe up the sidewalk with him. When he tried to talk thru her, she just steamrolled his large behind. He was not able to spew any garbage without getting called out. That is the way the media should be interviewing the seditious jackholes.
The mainstream press produces what the Powers That Be. Any honesty or truth is strictly accidental.
The honesty of the WSJ (already reported elsewhere outside the mainstream) is the exception to the rule. It’s a big point but won’t get the traction of being reported throughout the mainstream. Gonna sink and disappear in no time.
Yesterday, I wrote a long post about the chaotic & dysfunctional political situation in the my country the Philippines and wondered if the Beltway journalists are actually prefer covering the chaos & dysfunction of the Trump White House over the relatively stable & functioning Biden White House. It seems they've gotten used to the easy scoops that flowed endlessly from the previous occupants, but aren't willing to put a lot of actual work into covering the current occupant because it is primarily focused on policies designed to help the American public rather than the cycle of drama and intrigue that covered up the bad policies the Republikkkans passed.
Interestingly, I posted a comment below this garbage piece of alleged journalism saying something similar.
More interestingly, the only time I have gotten a response from Sally Buzbee about "coverage" like this was to thank me for a compliment on another story. At least Dean Baquet responds and tries to insult my intelligence by denying that The Times is capable of error, or says I only complain when Boehlert tweets about it.