Starkly contrasting White House Press Corps and legacy media fawning over President Joe Biden, versus vitriolic hostility directed to former President Donald Trump, dispels any illusory pretenses of objective neutrality.
Conspicuously absent is any criticism or coverage of the fact that Joe Biden hasn't held a single solo press conference in over a month and a half after taking office, marking the longest stretch at the start of a presidency in at least a century.
This notable absence has occurred despite White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki's promises of "bringing truth and transparency back to the briefing room," and "rebuilding trust with the American people will be central to our focus in the press office and in the White House every single day."
Brett Bruen, former White House Director of Global Engagement under President Barack Obama, has warned that "Biden folks" run a risk by dodging the press through tight control of conditions in which they "put the president out." Whereas "that may work for a while," he believes that it is "counterproductive to the kind of connection that both the White House needs with journalists as well as the president needs with the people."
This exercise of "tight control" over Biden was highly apparent during a March 3rd virtual White House discussion with lawmakers when he told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, "I'd be happy to take questions if that's what I'm supposed to do, Nance … Whatever you want me to do."
What she wanted him to do became evident when the video feed transmission was abruptly cut off.
The inescapable reality is that Joe has developed some obvious "cognitive issues" which are increasingly challenging and deservedly embarrassing for his heavily invested media acolytes to ignore.
Recounting a recent conversation with his counterpart, China's President Xi Jinping, President and Commander in Chief Biden dismissed the genocide against his Uighur population as merely a "different norm."
Try to imagine how the press would have treated such a "racial slur" if uttered by former President Trump … endorsing atrocities against Muslim minorities as a perfectly understandable leadership "norm."
Such dangerous confusion regarding acceptable normative judgment might help to explain why a recent letter signed by three dozen House members of his own party have urged that he relinquish full control over America's nuclear weapons in favor of a committee approach.
Spearheaded by Rep. Jimmy Panetta of California, the letter says, "Vesting one person with this authority entails real risks. Past presidents have threatened to attack other countries with nuclear weapons or exhibited behavior that caused other officials to express concern about the president's judgment."
Perhaps this cognitive concern is also why Vice President Kamala Harris, rather than exclusively Joe, is now conducting solo meetings with foreign leaders, a role seldom delegated to vice presidents.
Yes, and it's also a reason we might believe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she said that her proposal to create a sanity assessment tribunal under the 25th Amendment that can remove a president deemed mentally unfit from office was "not about Donald Trump."
Former Vice President Biden's confused struggles with thoughts and words became increasingly evident throughout rare public appearances during his run for the presidency.
While campaigning at a Toledo, Ohio, parking lot last October, candidate Biden even had a difficult time trying to remember what office he was running for. A film clip shows him scratching his head with a confused look saying, "You know we have come together, that's why I am running. I am running as a proud Democrat for the Senate."
Donald Trump, arguably the most transparently media-accessible president in history, responded to particularly hostile White House press conference inquisitions regarding his administration's responses to the coronavirus pandemic.
The media, including The New York Times, were then quick to buy into then-Democratic presidential nominee Biden's charge that Trump was simply "playing politics" with the crisis, by offering confidence that a COVID-19 vaccine would be made available before the 2020 election.
"Let me be clear: I trust vaccines," Mr. Biden said. "I trust scientists. But I don't trust Donald Trump, and at this moment, the American people can't either."
Nevertheless, by January 15, a week before Trump left office, 10.6 million Americans — including Joe Biden on December 21 — had already been vaccinated under Trump's administration.
CNN was slammed on social media when Joe Biden finally participated in a 75-minute February 17 Milwaukee town hall meeting hosted by Anderson Cooper whose softball questions asked "What's it like to live in the White House?," but failed to hold the president accountable for falsely claiming that no vaccine was available when he took residence there.
No Republicans in the audience were reportedly called on to ask questions, there were minimal follow-up on responses, and one media user referred to the event as a "total dumpster fire with Biden gaffes, lies, racism and overall awkwardness."
While fixated on a phony "Russian collusion" investigation and impeachment charade throughout most of Trump's term of office, the media has also shown no interest in covering well-documented Biden family influence-peddling scandals involving murky foreign actors.
President Trump's 30-minute July 25, 2019 telephone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenkiy mentioning interest in an ongoing investigation of Joe Biden's son Hunter's no-show board member connection with Burisma, a corrupt energy company which was at the center of special counsel Robert Mueller's impeachment inquiry dud received blaring non-stop media attention.
There was no such indignant outrage, however, over a video recording of then-Vice President Biden, while serving as the Obama administration's lead Ukraine representative, openly bragging about threatening to hold back $1 billion in U.S. military aid if the government didn't fire the Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin who was conducting that investigation.
The mainstream media didn't bother to question why — despite known multiple official State Department notifications to Biden's office warning of national security concerns — Joe Biden incredulously claimed to know nothing of Hunter's various foreign business dealings.
Joe's awareness disclaimer was further contradicted by an email from a Burisma executive discovered on Hunter's "laptop from hell" thanking him for "giving an opportunity to meet" his father … information released by the Washington Times, only to be ignored by most major news outlets with notable exceptions of Fox and Newsmax.
The media has also demonstrated a truly astounding lack of curiosity about then-V.P. Joe Biden's incredulous denial of ever talking with Hunter who accompanied him during a long 2013 flight aboard Air Force Two to Beijing about his son's business interests as a board member with another company, Bohai Harvest RST (BHR).
Wouldn't it appear somewhat more than a remarkable coincidence that after Hunter introduced his father during that trip to Jonathan Li — who later became BHR's CEO — the company inked a $1.5 billion investment deal with the Communist state-owned Bank of China?
Still another unexplained and broadly ignored Chinese incident following Joe's final vice presidential term involved Hunter's 2017 dealings with CEFC, a now-defunct Shanghai-based energy company with broadly known Communist government and military ties.
Hunter's laptop email records indicate that a 10% CEFC equity cut had been proposed for "the big guy," since confirmed to be Joe Biden, who was known to be considering a presidential run at the time.
We have also learned that Hunter is currently under federal investigation for alleged money laundering and tax evasion.
But don't hold your breath regarding expectations of follow-up media interest in any such matters.
The deafening din of silence already tells everything they wish us to know.
Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture and the graduate space architecture program. His latest of 10 books, "What Makes Humans Truly Exceptional," (2021) is available on Amazon along with all others. Read Larry Bell's Reports — More Here.
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