Though the winner of the 2020 presidential race won’t be official until after all votes are counted, various recounts are done, and the Trump campaign’s legal challenges are sorted out in the courts, the mainstream media has declared Joe Biden the winner.
Along with proclaiming Joe Biden the winner has come predictable yet nauseating previews of what state-run TV will look like under a possible Biden-Harris administration. For example, there was the CNN segment where anchor Jake Tapper and his colleagues Dana Bash and Abby Phillip were fangirling over the thought of Kamala Harris becoming the first woman of color vice president. They were so giddy over the idea that they all but pushed Joe Biden out of the Oval Office in the process.
There was also CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter practically salivating over a possible “restoration of normal relations between the president and the press corps” after an interview he did with the Biden campaign’s national press secretary T.J. Ducklo.
There are many more examples on that front, but the latest was from a “press conference” held Monday where Biden was asked the type of softball questions that would be condemned by these very same people had it been Fox News questioning President Trump.
“The Hill” media columnist Joe Concha described the scene and the tone:
Biden continually refers to calls he’s having with world leaders. Readouts of these calls are not being released to the press. With a few exceptions, press largely shrugs.
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) November 16, 2020
The video, via MRC-TV, tells the tale:
Watch that and then recall how the media treated Trump for four years plus. Absolutely pathetic. It’s like state-run TV on steroids.
Fox News’ Bill Hemmer characterized it as a “bit of a love-fest” of sorts between Biden and the adoring press corps:
“You’ve been watching to what amounts to a bit of a love fest here between the media,” Hemmer told viewers.
“By my count, Marc, here were the questions: If the president doesn’t give up, what are you gonna do?” Hemmer said. “One reporter called it ‘unprecedented blocking of the transition plans.’ … Another question: Will you get the vaccination? What did you think about the president’s tweet on Saturday? Another question as to whether or not families should get together for Turkey Day.”
Fox News' Bill Hemmer ends coverage of Joe Biden’s press conference, saying it amounted to a liberal “media love fest” pic.twitter.com/VLEiSqfck6
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) November 16, 2020
Biden took about 12 questions from reporters today. Not one was about the violence against Trump supporters in the streets of DC. No one asked him to condemn it. If Biden supporters were attacked, the only questions to Trump would be about violence, demanding that he condemn it.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) November 16, 2020
This wasn’t the only bad look from the mainstream media on Monday. As my RedState colleague Mike Miller reported this morning, MSNBC “reporter” Hallie Jackson actually looked to ex-President Barack Obama’s former press secretary Robert Gibbs for advice on how Biden could overcome alleged conservative media bias.
“I wonder as someone who’s dealt with the media and knows President Obama, where we are as a country right now, looking for information? How you see this sort of conservative confirmation bias if it exists shaking out?“ she asked, obviously unaware of the irony of asking a former Obama official such a question.
It’s become increasingly clear what Stelter and others in the mainstream media really mean when they gush about how things will soon “get back to normal” between the press and the White House in the event Biden is certified as the winner. It’s the type of normal “relations” one typically sees between, well, I don’t want to get too graphic, but I don’t think I really need to draw that type of crude picture here in order for people to get the point.