If the Post is right and democracy dies in darkness then journalism dies in broad daylight, in front of cameras, at a Biden press conference.
The Washington Post likes to claim that “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” Well, if the Post is right and democracy dies in darkness, then it appears journalism dies in broad daylight, in front of cameras, on a Thursday afternoon.
Trust in the media is at an all-time low, a well-earned low I might add, and sometimes I – the ever optimist – convince myself that journalism has hit rock bottom and that the reset we need is just around the corner.
Then optimistic Chris meets the sad reality of the current state of legacy media: apparently they can always go lower.
In the sad odyssey that is the story of journalism over the last decade, yesterday may go down as the day I gave up hope and gave up journalism for dead.
President Biden’s performance in his first “press conference,” I use that phrase in only the loosest sense possible, was abysmal. But Biden’s performance, when compared to the performance of the media, was downright impressive.
While Biden’s missteps were unintentional and the result of simply being a confused old man, the media’s humiliating performance was entirely intentional – which makes it infinitely worse.
The Biden White House orchestrated the entire “press conference,” down to a picture book of pre-approved reporters to call on. The press, which as recently as three months ago fancied itself as the vanguard of the resistance, willingly and shamefully played along.
Biden only called on friendly outlets, refusing to call on Fox News’ Peter Doocy or Newmax’s Emerald Robinson. The softballs pitched by the approved list of reporters was more embarrassing than could be imagined.