Sunday Shows Reveal Media's Biden And Trump Age Hypocrisy
This week's Sunday shows highlighted the differing standards for Biden and Trump in the media on age.
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The Media Refuses To Talk About Biden And Trump Equally
The age of the two major presidential candidates is a valid issue that deserves to be discussed. No matter which candidate wins, they will be either the oldest or second oldest elected president in history.
Voters deserve to know if their two main choices are physically and mentally up to the job.
The media should be assessing each candidate equally on this question, but that is not what is happening.
The Sunday shows did not mention Trump’s multiple cognitive episodes while he campaigned over the weekend in Pennsylvania and South Carolina but quoted the smears against President Biden in the Hur Report.
Let’s take a look at how the coverage is tilted toward Trump.
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Trump Is Just Confused According To The Media
The Sunday Shows repeated that Biden is mentally diminished but called Trump “confused.”
Jake Tapper on CNN’s State Of The Union said, “Trump, who has battled confusion issues of his own in recent months, calling Nancy Pelosi Nikki Haley, confusing the prime minister of Hungary with the president of Turkey, and warning that Joe Biden wants to get us all into World War II. I think he meant III.”
Here is how Tapper discussed Biden in the same episode, “We're closing out a hugely consequential week in the 2024 presidential race. President Joe Biden appears to be legally off the hook in the special counsel investigation into his handling of classified documents, although the special counsel report was also a gift to his opponents politically, given its conclusions that -- quote -- "Mr. Biden's cooperation with the investigation, his diminished faculties and advancing age and his sympathetic demeanor would be factors that would likely make it difficult for jurors to conclude he had criminal intent" -- unquote.”
ABC’s Jon Karl on This Week referred to Trump’s confusion, “That’s not exactly -- that's not exactly fair, and I will concede there are many moments, and we have, Lord knows, talked about them where Donald Trump seems wildly confused about a lot of things.”
Karl also quoted from the Hur report and called it devastating, “Some of the language in the report was devastating, painting a portrait of the president as, quote, a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory. The most damaging details on page 208 saying, quote, “he did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended, and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began. He did not remember even within several years, when his son, Beau, died.”
Two Sunday show hosts on the same day talked about the same issue for Trump and Biden in very different ways.
The media never talks about the source of Trump’s “confusion.” Trump is confused because he is old and mentally declining.
The Media Won’t Treat Both Candidates Equally
The purpose of journalism is supposed to be to inform and educate. Our system of governance is built on the idea that the electorate is informed, but the media is currently engaged in a form of electioneering because they are discussing the same issues for both candidates in two different ways.
Trump makes more mistakes more frequently than Biden, but the media brushes it off as confusion. When Biden makes a single mistake in a press conference, the media rushes to proclaim that it confirms his intellectual diminishment.
The media isn’t informing. They are trying to shape an election outcome.
The American people need to see it, understand it, and reject it.
What do you think about the media’s hypocrisy in covering Biden and Trump? Let us know in the comments below.