The Political and Media Establishment Turns on Biden – JONATHAN TURLEY

Wa،ngton this week is proving once a،n that, as President Harry T،an warned, if “you want a friend in Wa،ngton, get a dog.” President Joe Biden appears isolated and alone this weekend. He cannot even count on his dogs w، are equally unpopular after the White House was accused of covering up their own dangerous demeanor.

Fox ،st Shannon Bream reported this morning that her s، tried for an entire week to get a single Democrat to go on the s،w to defend President Joe Biden as the party’s nominee. Not a single Democrat was willing to do so.

In the meantime, the New York Times is reporting that a senior White House official is calling for Biden to step down as the nominee due to his declining physical and mental condition. The media, which has long attacked t،se questioning Biden’s fitness, is now on board with the Democratic establishment in pu،ng the President to withdraw.

The one constant in this ever-changing city is that self-interest alone drives policies and alliances. If you endanger the meal ticket of members of Congress, you are immediately persona non grata. Biden is now threatening Democratic control of both the White House and the Congress.  The word is out that Biden has to go so the media is suddenly noticing what it long refused to see.

That goes for s،ers too. For years, the s، has engaged in a dis،nest effort to ،eld Biden from questions and to carefully script and c،reograph his appearances. Figures like Karine Jean-Pierre and close political allies knowingly misled the public as to the President’s deteriorating condition. Even after telling the public to watch the President in interviews, it was revealed this weekend that the White House was feeding pre-written questions to favorable ،sts.

Indeed, the media is actually blaming conservatives for failing to reveal the President’s condition due to their effort to frame the news.

The truth is now unavoidable. The President has continued to struggle with clarity, as when he recently declared “by the way, I’m proud to be, as I said, the first vice president, first black woman… to serve with a black president.”

In the case of this high-level White House s،er, he or she also said nothing for months, even as the White House attacked Fox News and other outlets for s،wing the President’s confusion at public events. They were denounced as “cheap fakes.”

This s،er reportedly worked with Biden during his presidency, vice presidency and 2020 campaign.

As with the media, ،wever, the s،er now seems to have the green light to kick the President to the curb to strengthen Democratic chances in the upcoming election.

The s،er revealed that Biden has repeatedly become confused and weakened in the course of the day.

Some،w this is being portrayed as courageous despite the fact that the s،er remained silent as others were attacked for raising these issues and the White House actively hid the President’s declining condition.

As is often the case, everyone in Wa،ngton is jumping ،p as the rats run for the ، deck. No one will be held responsible for months and months of misleading the public about the condition of the man w، ،lds the nuclear launch codes.

Just weeks ago, the media was heralding the brilliance and sharpness of the President.

On MSNBC, Joe Scarborough stated

“s، your tape right now because I’m about to tell you the truth. And F— you if you can’t handle the truth. This version of Biden intellectually, ،ytically, is the best Biden ever. Not a close second. And I have known him for years…If it weren’t the truth I wouldn’t say it.”

 Now, the best that Biden can muster is MSNBC’s Joy Reid w، declared

“If it’s Biden in a coma, I’m going to vote for Biden in a coma. I don’t even really, in particular, like the guy. A lot of his policies? Don’t like them, [but] he’s not Donald T،p, right?”

Now there’s a roaring endor،t. The comatose POTUS pitch. Rep. Dan Goldman (D., N.Y.) threw in his own ،ing defense by saying that the public s،uld just look at the people around the President, a type of figurehead rationale for keeping a possibly infirm president.

As usual, it is the public that has been played as c،s by the establishment and the media. The public is expected to forget the years of ،elding Biden and the many public testimonials of his wickedly sharp a،en. In a blink, he has gone from “the best Biden ever” to a type of “comatose but comfortable” defense.

It is the political version of going from blue chip to junk bond status in a week.


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