The press has made up their mind. Joe gets a pass on even the big questions, while Trump is forced to play defense, debunking the same accusations he’s been debunking for years.
Biden’s Big Lie — with an assist to Jim Acosta, who has kept pushing it — goes back to Charlottesville. He claims to have based the rationale for his campaign against Trump to be based upon Trump’s so-called support of white supremacists. (That infamous ‘very fine people’ quote.) He is too lazy or too corrupt to respond to the endless calls Biden’s critics level that he should read the next 60 seconds of transcript (or watch a longer clip) so that he can see that Joe’s entire campaign (like so much of Biden’s life) is built on a lie.
Trump explicitly denounced white supremacist groups generally and violence specifically on a couple of days in August.
At no point will his denunciation be considered loud enough or satisfactory. The proof of this is the reaction to the debate. Trump was willing to use whatever word choice Wallace preferred to denounce groups built around racism or violence. He immediately affirmed the sentiment ‘sure’… while being interrupted with cross-talk from BOTH of the people he was debating against.
The media have spent the following 2 days framing Trump as ‘soft’ on racism… despite the fact that his actions have made life a lot harder for racists — including naming the KKK as a domestic terrorist group and intends for lynching to be treated as a federal hate crime.
Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany went to war with a hostile Press Gallery who used their intersectional update of the old ‘do you still beat your wife’ question.
She responded with a list of all the times and ways this topic has been addressed before. But that wasn’t good enough.
That wasn’t good enough. Which is weird, because that reporter was John Roberts from FOX, and his wife had asked the same question the night before for ABC.
What answer did the President give? The same one he always gives.
She went farther than that. She jackhammered the press for NOT doing their jobs. (Again.)
(Time stamp 1:30)
“And again, no reporting here, but I guess I did the job of the media by getting this information myself.”
“Ideas do not target police officers. Ideas do not burn down buildings. Ideas do not kill innocent Americans. Organizations do. And Democrats should condemn this shameful group in the same manner President Trump continues to condemn white supremacy.”
John Roberts evidently did not listen to the end of her speech, in which she AGAIN explicitly condemned white supremacy in a declarative statement, just like Roberts had asked for… because shortly thereafter, he was on the White House lawn complaining on camera to Fox about how Kayleigh refused to dance to answer his question.
Well, if John isn’t willing to listen to the Press Secretary. Perhaps he will be willing to listen to his own wife.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 1, 2020
Nobody cares how angry getting dragged by the President makes you, John. You have one job. Ask the relevant questions so that the public can get answers to something meaningful.
Spending valuable time in a presser getting everyone to keep chasing their tails is emphatically not — in case you still don’t realize this — an example of a relevant question with a meaningful answer.