A new report from Axios shows just how the media “obsession” with Donald Trump is allowing Joe Biden to escape serious scrutiny.
“The media’s obsession with Trump — and Trump’s compulsion to dominate the news — allowed Biden to purposely and persistently minimize public appearances and tough questions,” they write.
The Democrat nominee, as a result, has faced the least amount of media scrutiny of any presidential candidate in modern history.
Axios describes Biden as “a prohibitive favorite” to win the election and a man “who got there with lots of luck and shockingly little scrutiny.”
Congratulations MSM. Isn’t it a little late to realize you did not do one of your most basic jobs – scrutinizing a possible US President? MSM was soft on Obama for 8 years and even softer on Biden every day this year. The press in America is broken. https://t.co/mfBuUOVFc5
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 14, 2020
Media Obsessed with Trump, Ignore Biden
The Axios report goes on to provide statistics which seem to demonstrate that not only is the media running away from scrutinizing him, but he is running away from them as well.
According to numbers provided by the Trump campaign and which “the Biden campaign didn’t dispute,” the president, since the end of August, has fielded 753 questions from the media. Biden, by comparison, has answered just 365.
The site also reports that the former vice president “went almost three months without taking questions from beat reporters.”
Perhaps that is why Biden has been able to avoid answering questions on court-packing, can say he supports fracking after repeatedly saying he’d ban it, and is able to distance himself from the Green New Deal even though it’s touted on his campaign website.
Imagine the collective outcry if Trump ever said voters don’t deserve to know his stance or if he flip-flopped on something.
Do the Media Side with Biden and the Democrats?
The Axios report lay some of the blame for the slanted media coverage on Trump himself. “Trump continued to light himself on fire, bombed the first debate, then got the coronavirus,” the site writes. “He balked at a virtual debate, giving Biden another offramp.”
This is why Team Biden usually calls a "lid" after breakfast… https://t.co/zsTlkkpVPA
— Marc Lotter (@marc_lotter) October 12, 2020
But the lion’s share of responsibility rests with the media, which have long leaned left.
In October of 2016, the Center for Public Integrity reported that journalists were “shower(ing) Hillary Clinton with campaign cash.”
“People identified in federal campaign finance filings as journalists, reporters, news editors or television anchors – as well as other donors known to be working in journalism – have combined to give more than $396,000 to the presidential campaigns of Clinton and Trump,” the group wrote.
“More than 96 percent of that cash has benefited Clinton.”
Biden is similarly flush with cash, much of it doubtless coming from the same sources.
At last week’s town hall on NBC, Donald Trump found himself in essence debating moderator Savannah Guthrie, while over on ABC Joe Biden faced mostly softballs, some of them lobbed by relatively high-level Democrats.
So much for a level playing field for American voters eager to know the truth about the two major-party candidates.
Cross posted at the Mental Recession