It seemed a strange serendipity of circumstances that barely twenty-four hours after blogging about a journalism school honoring Katie Couric for biased coverage of Sarah Palin, I would discover the media ignoring the latest Joe Biden fabrication.
As I wrote last fall:
Joe Biden makes more gaffes the average week than Sarah Palin made in the entire campaign. Take out . . . Palin’s interview with Katie Couric, and you could say that Biden made more gaffes per speech than the Alaska Governor made in the entire campaign. And he had thirty-six years of “experience.”
While, during the campaign, the media made much of Biden’s experience, they ignored that of his rival for the Vice Presidency
Let me post a video I had posted last fall where former House Speaker Newt Gingrich comments on the biased coverage of the Alaska Governor and speculates that “to the best of [his] knowledge there has been a single question by an elite television journalist about [Palin’s] actual career in Alaska”
Just as the media ignored Sarah Palin’s accomplishments, they ignore Biden’s fabrications.
They root into every detail of Palin’s private family life, even into the peccadilloes of her daughter’s ex-fiancé’s mother. And while they not only rightfully ignore gossip about Biden’s family, they fail and fail yet again to highlight his own misunderstandings of issues and misrepresentations of fact.
The media did not cover Sarah Palin as they normally would cover an accomplished politician, but instead as an attractive celebrity. And Biden, well, Biden, they treat as a fading celebrity whose reputation they are trying to protect. They just don’t find his gaffes newsworthy. It might upset the image of the wise senior statesman.
Yet, the more they ignore his miscues, the more evidence we accumulate of their bias. They head to Wasilla to root around for dirt on Palin, yet when “dirt” on Biden emerges by the mere fact of him opening his mouth in front of a camera, they don’t even bother to check the tape.
Just by reviewing such tapes, they’d have an endless stream of stories. And they wouldn’t need pay for airfare to the Last Frontier or weather the inconvenience of a long journey clear across the continent.
UPDATE: Well Yahoo! did pick the story up (from Politico), but note how they frame it: Rove: Biden a ‘blowhard’ and ‘liar’. They make it as much about who’s calling the Vice President a liar as they do about the Democrat’s latest misrepresentation. Given how regularly Biden makes things up, you’d think such “news” outlets at Yahoo! would actually investigate this rather than report it as the contention of a conservative pundit/political strategist.