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Media Go To Increasingly Absurd Lengths To Protect Biden

Just how far will the leftist media go to protect President Joe Biden? If the past couple of weeks are any indication, there is no limit.

Take the incident in late September where Biden repeatedly called out for a dead congresswoman to come forward. It happened when he was speaking at a White House conference on nutrition and health and started thanking lawmakers who’d worked on the issue.

“Representative Jackie — are you here? Where’s Jackie? — I think she was going to be here,” Biden said.

Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., had died in a car wreck in August. Biden even issued a statement at the time, saying “Jill and I are shocked and saddened by the death of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski of Indiana along with two members of her staff in a car accident today in Indiana.” Yet there he was, searching her out in the audience.

Most cognizant Americans saw this for what it was: Another worrisome sign that Biden’s mental acuity is rapidly declining. For the press, however, it was an opportunity to praise the 79-year-old.

Jill Lawrence, a former commentary editor at USA Today, wrote that “there’s another way to look at this.” Namely, she said, it shows “how generous and professional Biden is.”

He was just trying to be nice to a lawmaker, and a Republican one to boot, she wrote. What a guy! And how refreshingly different from that evil Trump! “Some things,” she concludes, “are more important than age and a perfect memory.”

How touching.

Then, within a matter of days, both the New York Times and the Washington Post each published stories defending Biden against his habit of, well, lying about just about everything, especially about himself.

The Times headlined its article: “Biden, Storyteller in Chief, Spins Yarns That Often Unravel.”

Here’s how it describes Biden’s habitual fabrications:

“Mr. Biden’s folksiness can veer into folklore, with dates that don’t quite add up and details that are exaggerated or wrong, the factual edges shaved off to make them more powerful for audiences.”

The Washington Post made the exact same point.

“Put Biden in front of a crowd, and he’ll try to connect with it — even if, at times, the connection seems to stretch the available facts,” it said.

“When delivering the commencement address for the U.S. Naval Academy,” the Post story went on, “he claimed to have almost attended the school. When he spoke to a group of athletes in Israel, he suggested he came close to trying out as a walk-on in the NFL.”

So, you see, Biden’s lying is just another sign of how decent he is. He is just trying to connect with his audience! How kind and thoughtful of him!!

The Washington Post, remember, is the paper that kept a running tally of what it claimed were President Donald Trump’s lies, many of which were statements like: “My job was made harder by phony witch hunts,” or “We have tremendous African-American support.”

When not gaslighting America about Biden’s character, the press has also been busy trying to convince the public that the crises Biden has unleashed upon us are actually good news. Take a look at how they are trying to put lipstick on the inflation pig.

  • “Why inflation can actually be good for everyday Americans and bad for rich people” — CNN
  • “Why you should be happy about inflation” — Fortune
  • “The Earth Wants Biden to Keep Gas Prices High” — Bloomberg
  • “How high energy prices are making things better this summer” — The Hill

And what about Biden’s dismal approval rating? It’s no mystery to voters. They’ve been living with the wreckage of his presidency. But to the press, it’s a head-scratcher.

Here’s how one columnist put it.

“Biden’s approval rating is 43%, which would seem strangely low for a president overseeing one of the biggest employment booms ever.”

Biggest booms ever? Where do reporters come up with this stuff?

That “boom” was just the economy recovering the 22 million jobs lost during the pointless COVID lockdowns. And Biden has nothing to brag about.

It took 21 months under Biden for the economy to regain 10 million of those jobs — an average of 476,000 a month. But in Trump’s last nine months in office, 12.5 million got their jobs back — an average of 1.4 million a month.

Thanks to the sluggish job growth under Biden, we’re still just barely over the pre-COVID peak.

The “truth to power” press is so busy absolving Biden of his sins it can no longer tell fact from fiction.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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