Somehow, Joe Biden was able to last for an hour in his disjointed presentation to a slim-downed joint session of Congress last week. There’s no telling what combination of stimulants did the trick. His handlers realized what a disaster his first press conference was, if you can call it that, weeks before when he only spoke briefly, and hesitatingly.
At that historic, first ‘press conference,’ Biden had a roster of the people in the audience, with their names and pictures, and had been given a list of reporters’ questions in advance. No possibility of gotcha questions which President Trump had to field incessantly. So, he simply proceeded down this oh-so-carefully prepared list.
A Grand Puppet Show
Biden called on those reporters, who he was told in advance, would only pose the softball questions on his lists, despite the raging issues in the world such as COVID, India’s staggering health crisis, legions of U.S. school children falling further behind academically, and the worst southern border crisis in more than a decade. Biden did not have to address the U.S. debt climbing at a troubling pace, renewed tensions in the Middle East, China’s constant meddling in U.S. affairs and rampant intellectual property theft, and Russia’s plans for renewed territorial aggression
His press conference was so unlike any previous press conference, held by any president in U.S. history, that it almost makes one want to laugh, if only to keep from crying. This totally staged event was carefully, painfully, designed so that Joe Biden handled nothing that represented any sort of challenge. And, the press members in the room – White House correspondents, many with decades of experience – were totally complicit in the enormous charade.
An issue for today’s journalists to consider is that nearly everything is recorded on video, and that means it’s available on YouTube, given that it supports Leftist ideology. That means such video can be saved by thousands, if not millions, of people.
As time passes, and people review Biden’s historic first “press conference,” who was in the room, and how they covered for the dementia-ridden Biden, you have to wonder. How will these so-called journalists explain themselves? How will they defend their utter lack of partiality?
How will they be able to say to their readers, let alone their spouses and families, “I did my best at objective reporting? I gave the “straight facts”? You know as well as I do, these journalists will not be able to say such things.
What Will You Choose to Do?
If you are in journalism school, are you paying attention? Do you see what’s going on? Are you keeping your eyes and ears open? When you graduate, do you intend to be an objective, impartial observer and reporter of the truth?
When you’re out of J-school and in the world, and acquire that coveted position with some visible news organization, how quickly are you going to buckle under? Will you play the party line? How rapidly will you succumb to Leftist ideology and participate in the kind of reporting that your peers offer today without even thinking twice about how one-sided and subjective they have become?
Are you going to become part of the Leftist machine,? Perhaps you are so indoctrinated that you’re already there, and there’s no point reading any further.
Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd president of the U.S. said, “There is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.” St. Catherine of Siena said, “Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.” Author Mark Twain said, “Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
Teddy Roosevelt the 26th president of the U.S. said, “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” Author Janet Mock said, “Why tell your story if you’re not going to tell it in its entirety?” Author Jo Ann Fore said, “Healing begins at truth-telling. Tame your emotions and focus on what matters.”
Don’t Play Pretend
Don’t pretend, for a nanosecond, that you are an objective journalist if you are already predisposed to covering everything on the left favorably, and everything on the right, unfavorably.
If you can’t report the truth, to the best of your ability, why pretend that you’re a journalist? Refer to yourself as what you really are: An advocate – an advocate for the Left and an advocate for what you believe are progressive causes. At least then your conscience can be clear.