America Does Not Have a Free Press Anymore

And Biden’s pathetic excuse of a “news conference” shows just how far we’ve fallen.

“It wasn’t worth the wait” is the understatement of the century.

Last Thursday, a whole two months and five days after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, he finally gave his very first press conference. Biden’s long overdue presser lasted just a few minutes over an hour and included a measly thirty questions from a total of ten reporters, which photographic evidence shows were likely pre-selected. Throughout the event, the 78-year-old President appeared on multiple occasions to lose his train of thought and incoherently mumble responses that sounded like they were coming from a college student called on by his professor who didn’t do his homework the night before. One of the many sad examples of this happened not even twenty minutes into the conference where Biden, when asked what his stance on the Senate filibuster was, came up with, “so the best way to get something done, if you — if you hold near and dear to you that you like to be able to — anyway — I — we’re going to get a lot done.” In case you were wondering, the dashes represent pauses — long pauses.

If you thought that listening to Biden speak was painful enough, watching him struggle during the hour added yet another cringe-inducing dimension. Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) more than fittingly likened the event to a “sad melodrama.” The soulless blank look of Biden’s eyes, which often stared into the void and away from the cameras, made it clear to me that he did not want to be there. Shouldn’t the President of the United States be honored to answer questions about his job on the behalf of the American people? It instead appeared to me that he made the appearance out of obligation, or in other words, to shut up people who were rightfully mouthing off about him refusing to give a press conference for months. Yes, Biden had waited a full month longer than any previous president of the last hundred years – longer than the entire existence of the White House Press Office. It simply makes me sad and embarrassed that this is the man who was chosen to be the “leader of the free world.” As a proud American seeing my president speak the way Biden spoke on Thursday, I can only compare it to watching a washed-up baseball pitcher give up three runs and get pulled after one inning – ouch.

Let’s be honest – we already knew this about Biden. Conservatives are having yet another “I told you so moment” about the guy. By now, it’s as clear as day that he is not all with us, and like many people his age, is in some kind of obvious cognitive decline. The rest of the Pardon Our Politics team and I spoke about this on our last podcast episode, while discussing Biden’s fall attempting to board Air Force One a couple of weeks ago. However, Biden’s gross incompetence is not even the biggest takeaway from the press conference, which illustrates the current grim state of affairs of our country. Yes, the reality is even worse than it appears.

I am specifically talking about the blatant refusal of the establishment legacy media to hold this president accountable. Like I’ve said before, it’s not enough to say the media is biased toward the left. We have a media and a ruling Democratic Party that work off each other in spectacular fashion. To make another sports metaphor, the media and the Biden Administration play together like Shaquille O’Neal and the late great Kobe Bryant. While each entity is destructive against their common opponents (freedom-loving Americans, the Constitution, and the truth) in their own right, together they form what Ben Shapiro beautifully terms a “human centipede” of gaslighting.

First, let’s look at how the media covered for Biden’s objectively horrific performance. The media has already been working diligently to hide Biden’s countless gaffes from the public for years. For example, Biden’s Air Force One fall was considered “not newsworthy” by virtually every single non-conservative outlet, while Trump’s fateful walk down a ramp at West Point last year was extensively covered as an “election issue,” and even prompted a tweet from then-candidate Biden, which for lack of better terms, aged poorly. Just two questions into Thursday’s press conference, when it was already clear that Biden was struggling mightily to make it through an hour, NBC News’s Jonathan Allen tweeted that the beleaguered President was “knocking this out of the park so far.” As conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey responded, this comment was “objectively and embarrassingly not true.” It’s worth noting that Allen is a reporter, not a pundit like Stuckey, and therefore in order for him to do his job he is supposed to put his personal views aside and remain objective. As I mentioned in a previous article, this veneer of “impartiality” is how the left-wing media bias has become so pervasive and effective. John Zeigler, who is worth mentioning was a staunch opponent of President Trump during his time in office, called out Allen on this by tweeting, “You are in a Little League stadium and your own coach is the pitcher.” Allen later relented and acknowledged that Biden looked “tired,” meaning, to put it in my generation’s words, he “took an L.”

And if you thought that the media covering the press conference was bad, the “journalists” who actually asked Biden questions were far, far worse.  Yamiche Alcindor of PBS (who I know is a left-wing hack because…ummm… Twitter) went as far as to ask Biden something that Joe Concha, one of the last few honest journalists left, called “activism disguised as a question.” There she accused the Republican Party of baselessly attempting to “restrict voting rights,” by passing much-needed election integrity measures at the state level, without citing any evidence on to how these laws were somehow infringing upon anyone’s Constitutional rights – because to our esteemed journalists, we don’t need evidence – they speaking it is the evidence. Also, Alcindor’s mention of what the Republican Party is doing in state governments should not have been front and center, given that the entire conference was supposed to be about what Biden’s Democratic Party was doing on the federal level.

This empty praise of the left coupled with jabs at the right was true with pretty much every other question Biden was asked that afternoon. Another reporter even asked Biden if a record number of illegal immigrants were coming to the border because Biden was a “nice guy.” The rampant left-wing activism by these “journalists” who completely failed at their job to hold the President of the United States accountable, shows that they are more interested in setting the national narrative than reflecting what the public wants to hear. Oddly enough, there were no questions asked about Biden’s COVID policies, his dubious stance on school re-opening, his planned tax increases, or his sudden decision to yank the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which killed thousands of jobs. It is more than obvious why the media avoided these topics, as they were the ones that would’ve shown the true radical colors of the Biden Administration. The media’s narrative-setting agenda couldn’t be more clearer given that Peter Doocy of Fox News, the one reporter invited to the conference who has a track record of asking Biden and other Democrats difficult questions, was not called on to speak once. Imagine if President Trump did a similar thing at one of his press conferences by not once calling on a left-of-center news source (so the entire mainstream media save Fox News.) It’s a sad irony that Doocy, the very reporter who Biden had once called a “one-horse pony” for asking him a difficult question, was not welcome to speak at this dog and pony show of a “press conference.”

If the President of the United States can barely give an hour out of 64 days (0.01% of his time in office at that point) to answer a few dozen softball questions from friendly reporters, we are in for a wild ride over the next four (or eight) years.

God help this country. Oh, and in Biden’s only coherent words, “May God bless our troops.”

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