Column: Biden Gets COVID, Exposing Huge Double Standard

Biden was positive for COVID. All of us should wish President Biden a smooth ride. Media nastiness or glee is not something we should ask for.

This is a good opportunity to recall how “objective” media made Trump’s virus-related bout a chaotic, mean-spirited, and hyperbolic disaster. It was first announced October 2, 2020. In their ardor to get Trump removed from office, they couldn’t imagine acting with decency or restraint.

First and foremost, cable-news channels couldn’t pause for a day or two from their routine smear that Trump was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands. Take ex-GOP strategist Rick Tyler on Al Sharpton’s show on MSNBC: “I look at this as a drunk driver who injured himself in a wreck, and killed the oncoming sober driver. Donald Trump has injured himself…and 200,000 people, other drivers, have died due to the coronavirus.”

After Trump was infected, CNN analyst Carl Bernstein just doubled down that “His response has been homicidal negligence.” CNN brought on then-Washington Post opinion editor David Swerdlick, who couldn’t get rid of Trump fast enough: “President Trump is the President until at least January 20th at noon and every day, people’s lives are in the balance.”

So let’s just lay out the numbers again. After President Trump’s departure, nearly 400,000 Americans were lost to COVID. Since then, under Biden, the death toll is now 1.02  million. But the media blamed Trump for every single death on his watch…and Biden was assigned zero blame for anyone’s demise.

You can loathe Trump’s remarks early in the pandemic trying to downplay the threat, but to accuse him of mass murder – which was routine in 2020 – was apparently what the liberals call “reality-based journalism.” No “independent fact checkers” objected.

On the reliablely liberal program Trustworthy Sources former Fox News reporter Carl Cameron lost all sense of reality after Trump was infected, proclaiming “This is the collapse of a democratic republic because of its leadership and its honesty.” Democracy was always dying.

But that’s not as bad as Masha Gessen, a Russian-American writer for The New Yorker.Brian Stelter was told by her that it might be likened to the Stalin-death watch. “There have been a lot of comparisons to the Soviet Union in the last couple of days. They are unwarranted, I believe. The particular period I am thinking about is something I have written about a lot, which were the days of Stalin’s death watch, right? Both the foreign and domestic correspondents knew the truth. They were not given any details. Everybody was expecting the final call, right?”

Trump didn’t die, but CNN wanted to speculate about it. CNN loved for many years to make comparisons between Trump and Stalin, Hitler, or Mao Zedong. Stelter even made Stelter’s show as a hoot who declared that Trump would murder more people than any of the mass-murderers.

The real irony of all this was CNN host Don Lemon then offering a glowing tribute to Joe Biden for refusing to politicize Trump’s infection. He proclaimed “here you see Joe Biden showing you what a real man does — what a real human being does.” It’s not at all what they did at CNN!

Biden didn’t have to exploit Trump’s illness. Biden had a whole media-Democratic complex that could do the job for him. This is what Democrats are going to find easier than ever to be seen above the nefarious fray when media hackers like CNN do their dirty work. 

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