Politics

Biden Skates On COVID

The liberal press covers for him.

Image Credit: YouTube screenshot

Though Trump has been out of office for some time, the liberal media must blame him for everything, lest the actual responsibility fall where it should: at the feet of Joe Biden. Tim Graham of NewsBusters takes the story.

Graham: As the bad news surges and throbs again about the coronavirus, you can easily sense the lack of political vitriol for this president. Joe Biden gets a free pass.

On CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Dec. 19, reporter Mark Strassmann solemnly marked “another milestone in mourning.” “Bells tolled Thursday for 800,000 Americans dead from the virus. That is almost the population of San Francisco. Roughly 1,200 Americans still die daily from the virus.” Nobody blamed Biden.

Do you support individual military members being able to opt out of getting the COVID vaccine?

By completing the poll, you agree to receive emails from LifeZette, occasional offers from our partners and that you've read and agree to our privacy policy and legal statement.

Instead, CBS preceded this dirge with a Biden lecture: “For the unvaccinated, we’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death, unvaccinated, for themselves, their families, and the hospital they’ll soon overwhelm.” Blame them, not me, he insists.

Some journalists explicitly held Biden blameless. On MSNBC, John Heilemann proclaimed, “We know the president is not responsible for this … We know presidents get blamed for things that they don’t deserve to get blamed for.”

But early in 2020, Heilemann said the exact opposite on the same channel: “I don’t think it’s actually an overstatement to say that Donald Trump has — there are tens of thousands of people who will die in the country, or some of them have already died more are still going to die because of Donald Trump’s incompetence and lack of leadership.”

The Comcast boys jumped to blame Trump for every death as the toll began. On March 12, 2020, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell announced: “More people are sick in America tonight because Donald Trump is president. More people are dead and dying in America tonight because Donald Trump is president.”

They threw this assumption at Biden. On March 29, NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd asked, “Do you think there is blood on the president’s hands, considering the slow response?”

Two days later, disgraced MSNBC anchor Brian Williams repeated: “What is President Trump’s level of culpability, what’s his level of responsibility, say, toward the illness and fatalities we’re witnessing every few minutes these days?”

Biden deferred but did not critique the questioners for this super-softball, with its echo of, “Can’t you do better than this disastrous dolt?”

Jonathan Alter offered this extravagant Trump take on MSNBC: “He’s a public health menace, and he has rivers of blood on his hands.”

Joe Scarborough was especially rabid: “Nobody’s ever done so much to kill so many people.” Just a few weeks ago, as the death toll passed 750,000, Smeary Scarborough was still blaming Trump for everything…

Leftist media outlets such as MSNBC spent 2020 treating COVID like it was easily fixable — if voters simply put Democrats in charge. Their complete lack of humility demonstrates that this was always politics first, science later.

 

David Kamioner
meet the author

David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

Join the Discussion

COMMENTS POLICY: We have no tolerance for messages of violence, racism, vulgarity, obscenity or other such discourteous behavior. Thank you for contributing to a respectful and useful online dialogue.