The issue is mainstream news media double standards, which are unethical in general and especially revolting in the news media’s protective stance toward President Biden no matter how badly he screws up in contrast to its coverage of Donald Trump, who could literally do no right in their jaundiced eyes. Yesterday Biden handed the news media a flaming IIPTDXTTNMIAFB, the convenient Ethics Alarms initials for “Imagine if President Trump did X that the news media is accepting from Biden.”
One of the most damaging and despicable Big Lies pushed relentlessly by the “resistance”/Democratic Party/ MSM alliance from the moment Trump was elected in 2016 was that he was a racist. If you asked an adherent of this slander to name any evidence, the “best” they could come up with was inevitably that Trump had vocally embraced the Birther smear about Barack Obama. But this only stands as proof that Trump is an asshole and a troll, about which there has never been any doubt. He made similar claims about Ted Cruz in order to derail his efforts to beat Trump for the 2016 GOP nomination. Trump plays dirty against all rivals. He’s an equal opportunity jerk, but he’s not a racist (or a white supremacist, a related Big Lie).
But the idea of planting these idea was “priming”: make sure “Trump is a racist” is sitting around rotting in the brains of gullible Americans, and let confirmation bias do the rest. So imagine if Trump had ever looked out over a Fort Worth, Texas, crowd at a VA clinic, and, referring to three Texas members of Congress who looked like Rep. Colin Allred (D), Rep. Marc Veasey (D), and Rep. Jake Ellzey (R) (above) who were in attendance, said,
“The three congressman you have here, two of them look like they really could and did play ball, and the other one looks like he can bomb you.”
Ellzey, the Republican in the group, is white and was a fighter pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan. Allred and Veasey are black, so the President said that they “look like” they could play basketball. He might as well have said that they looked like they could sing the blues and liked fried chicken.
I guarantee this ad-libbed gaffe–do NOT let this President go off-script!— will get no coverage at all from the mainstream media. (For the record the comment wasn’t “racist,” it just dealt in racial stereotypes, which is a component of bigotry.) The conservative media has been all over it, of course.
Biden has a long history of making comments that reek of racial and ethnic stereotyping and bigotry, all of which was ignored while he was campaigning for President and pledging fealty to Black Lives Matters and illegal immigration advocates in the Hispanic community.
Last year, Biden said that Hispanics in America resist vaccinations because “they’re worried that they’ll be vaccinated and deported.”
In the same speech, he said that blacks feared the vaccine because “they are used to being experimented on—the Tuskegee Airmen and others.” This was also a classic Biden brain fart, as he confused the legendary World War II fighter pilots with the infamous governmental study of syphilis among black men unaware that they were infected—the Tuskegee Experiment. Joe does this kind of thing all the time, but if Trump has a typo in one of his stupid tweets, it was fodder for late night TV for a week. Imagine media coverage if President Trump had confused the black fighter pilots with the black human guinea pigs
On a radio show in May 2020, Biden told the largely black audience that if they were unsure of whether to vote for him or Trump, then “you ain’t black!” In August of the same year, Biden told a gathering of black and Hispanic journalists that “unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”
When a black journalist asked him whether he had taken a cognitive test—a fair question, to say the least—Biden snapped, “That’s like saying you . . . before you got in this program, you take a test whether you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?”
Of course, we all remember how in 2007, Biden referred to Barack Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean.” The year before he said, “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.”
Now, it is important to heed this caveat: Biden’s most recent bigoted statement can’t win the IIPTDXTTNMIAFB prize if the mainstream news media reports and criticizes it. Let me know if you see or hear any coverage from CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NPR, CBS, NBC, The Washington Post or the Times.
I’ll be holding my breath.