Opinion by Grace Curley
The legacy media have finally started publishing palace-intrigue pieces about the flailing Biden White House.
It is about damn time.
After four years of hearing about the supposed chaos that permeated the Trump administration, journalists treated Biden’s transition into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue a little differently.
When the 46th President took over, the slobbering puff pieces were comical.
Last October, The New York Times described Biden as a man “obsessed with getting the details right” who had little patience for advisors who could not “field his many questions.”
Eight months and countless calamities later, even the most fawning Democrat cheerleaders in the press can’t bring themselves to publish that kind of blather.
The idea of Biden as Socratic statesman has gone from questionable to laughable. Now the outlets are pivoting to a topic they have been doing their best to avoid for years: the truth.
This week, NBC News ran a piece titled, “Inside a Biden White House adrift.” It described managerial breakdowns in the administration and infighting rippling through Democrat factions (left, far left and even further left).
In the middle of all the dysfunction wanders a frustrated—and whiny— Joe Biden.
More than two dozen current and former administration officials, lawmakers and Congressional aides spoke to NBC on the usual condition of anonymity.
According to these sources, Biden is “mystified” and “really twisted” about the fact that his approval rating is lower than Trump’s.
He is also “unhappy” that his aides rush out to clean up his blunders and not enough Democrats defend him on television.
Biden is “frustrated” that he can’t catch a break from the non-stop problems (most of which he has created). He is “annoyed” that he “wasn’t alerted sooner about the baby formula shortage.”
If it makes Joe feel any better, I think most Americans are just as disgruntled about his presidency as he is.
On the same day as NBC’s unflattering scoop, Politico detailed the exodus of Black staffers from the White House. According to staffers of color who haven’t fled yet, the driving forces behind the departures is a “work environment with little support from their superiors and fewer chances for promotion.”
Later in the week, CNN ran a piece titled, “Beneath Biden’s struggle to break through is a deeper dysfunction among White House aides.” It described the president’s attempts to address the mushrooming problems plaguing the country while also being the “looser, happier, more sympathetic, lovingly Onion-parody inspiring, aviator-wearing, vanilla chip cone-licking guy — an image that was the core of why he got elected in the first place.”
The fact that the image of an old man licking an ice cream cone and wearing sunglasses was “the core” of why many Americans voted for him—well, I think CNN inadvertently explained why the country is in the current shape it is in. It’s called the Dumbing Down of America.
But people are wising up. Going broke concentrates the mind wonderfully.
The public wants to know what is happening behind the closed doors at Casa de Grampa. If Biden and his staff are this incompetent in front of the cameras, it is hard to fathom how dazed and confused things must be behind the scenes. Which is why Joe’s handlers are hell bent on keeping the inner-workings of this Charlie Foxtrot under wraps.
Take the baby formula shortage.
This week, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell questioned Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about which administration official briefed the president on the shortage. It should have been an easy question for Jean-Pierre.
But Psaki’s successor said, “there are just regular channels that that happen that go to the president.”
O’Donnell said the administration’s refusal to answer the question looked evasive and that reporters were trying to “understand the information flow in this White House.”
Picking up where O’Donnell left off, CBS reporter Ed O’Keefe attempted to get a clear answer about the confusing timeline of the shortage.
O’Keefe asked if Biden was told about the shortage in late April to which Jean- Pierre replied, “Well, he said — in late April — right? — and this..”
O’Keefe corrected her, “He said in early April.”
A visibly flustered Jean-Pierre stammered, “In — in April. I’m sorry. In April. Okay. He said in April — in early April.”
The administration that promised the “highest standards of transparency” has gone from refusing to release the visitor logs at Biden’s frequently-visited Delaware mansion to struggling to answer reporters’ most basic questions.
These liberal outlets are starting to cover the breakdown of the Biden presidency, not because they want to, but because the cone-licker-in-chief’s undeniable failures have left them no choice.
The emperor has no clothes and state-run media’s crack scribes are reporting on it— as they did with Hunter Biden’s laptop, the efficacy of masks and Hillary Clinton’s multiple FBI-enabled Russia hoaxes— two years too late.