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Eric, if you watch the Psaki pressers, Fox isn't always the worst offender — NBC's Peter Alexander is always trying to play gotcha with her and the way he phrases his questions is just utter crap. I used to think he was a very respectable reporter, but he has just got into the gutter. I had to angry tweet at him!
Maybe he should buy Delaware and call it Delaware-a-Lago. Then they'll lay off.
The best defense Biden can levy is the one his administration is already doing--ignore this absurd chatter and do the work the American people elected him to do. I watched in horror many years ago when Ronald Regan labeled Walter Mondale a liberal and instead of defending how liberal policies improved the lives of middle class Americans, Democrats ran away and hid and lost in a huge landslide. I believe that was the beginning of when Republicans with the help of the press began to kick sand in the faces of Democrats. Fast forward to today where finally Democrats under Biden have appeared to grow a backbone and have not taken the bate from these DC press types who seem to have forgotten how they were mistreated under Donald Trump. Jen Psaki has been a brilliant mouthpiece for the administration. More importantly Americans by and large support President Joe Biden and overwhelmingly support Covid relief as well as other Democratic policies. The Biden administration is working for the people, not the mainstream media and that's the way it ought to be.
We need today’s so-called “news outlets” to hire about 50,000 journalists that will use common sense and that will respect the truth so we can once again have confidence in all news reporting.
We should demand that will treat their job and the truth as important as famed news anchor Walter Cronkite did.
Oh, and if Fox News continues to spread nonsense and outright lies they should be labeled as an opinion channel and not be allowed to call what they do as news.
Nicely written, Eric. You captured the essence of an, unfortunately, large portion of the medias mentality.
I hope Biden continues to unplug the outrage until the press corp fully adjusts to the new normal of no-drama informative-oriented press briefings, and that he doesn’t fold under their fake outrage and do one before planned. There’s a reason they’re making such a stink about it right now. It is all about gotcha questions and framing a rightwing narrative. And he’s denying them that opportunity.
I freaking love it.
About the online harassment of female journalists, yes. It is the main reason I stopped publishing, in a vain attempt to make the cyberstalking stop. All it did was end my career before it was even fully established, and I’m still dealing with that psychopath stalking me. I wish there were more protective measures in place to stop it. As it is, I couldn’t even get my own family to take it seriously or understand it is a big deal that ruins lives. It is just yet another example of misogyny making harassment easier for the harasser and more acceptable with no real consequences.
There are real outrageous stories to be told. Voter suppression via new rules or good old fashioned gerrymandering for one. Anther assault on a woman’s right to choose. This one calls for the death penalty for exercising your right to a legal medical procedure. Stories of pay for play in vaccine distribution. The attitude of the media reminds of the reason the IRS gave for not investigating the taxes of the rich, it’s just too hard. Much easier to write about non existing problems than real, possibly criminal, definitely concerning issues before us.
Our failed political press is trying to prove —against all odds— that they are still relevant, when clearly they are not. They are demanding that President Biden legitimize their continued employment.
And when he does give a press conference at the end of the month, they will distinguish themselves once again with would-be gotcha questions.
Why it's happening at all is why Trump got elected in the first place. Ratings. The MSM is addicted to being the story. It’s the death of the imagination. The death of wanting to well by the people. As many journalists whose names we will never know due or are captured all over the world. It goes in detected to the public eye. What is put in front of everyone is a whiny journalist who has one goal to e the story.
Eric, Oliver Knox did it again in his March 15th WP Daily 202, and invited readers to submit links that -- in his words -- offer "...politics or policy stories you think deserve more attention!" So I sent him the link to this essay with a note: "Your Monday report on President Biden not yet holding a press conference puts you and The Post in a cohort so perfectly described here by Eric Boehlert." He was not pleased, and his pivot was beyond weak. It didn't even land on the same planet: "Name a single bad thing about Donald Trump that you learned from Boehlert and had not previously been reported by the mainstream media." I laughed, because his response so proved the essence of your essay.
"manufacture news" = the real fake news
After 5 years of covering Trump’s deranged tweets as headline news they have no clue what to do now that he's banned from Twitter. The DC reporters don't realize the government is supposed to be boring especially if it's competent and working well The President isn't supposed to be an entertainer. That's what was so appealing about Obama. He stayed calm in the middle of the right-wing media storm. People shouldn't have to worry every day about what their President is tweeting and saying to reporters. Biden's team realizes that and so far they've been great at message discipline and not getting distracted by the latest GQP and Faux News propaganda. .
I think you need to go on some of the Sunday shows, and tear them a new one. Trump learned his phony controversy and "ratings" schtick in the modern media environment, which is obsessed with grabbing attention and generating BS to gab about at any cost.
So do you want to be Hedrick Smith or Kim Kardashian? Your journalism professors want to know.