Can you imagine that in the dark days of the Bush Administration, AP had ran an article on how the Vice President was redefining the role of his office and primarily interviewed political aides to the then-President and their supporters and read like it had been drafted in the West Wing, with one critical quote added in for “balance.”
Well, take a gander at this puff piece on Joe Biden which lead the news on Yahoo!’s main page Wednesday night. Here’s the toughest criticism of the Delaware Democrat we get.
South Carolina Comptroller Richard Eckstrom, who oversees stimulus spending in his state, says Biden may be “giving it all he’s got,” but states haven’t been given the tools they need to meet federal requirements, in particular reporting rules that arrived without money to help states meet them.
“Nebulous Washington didn’t think this one through very well,” Eckstrom said.
No mention of how his comments on jobs* being created are at odds with increasing job losses across the country. No mention of fraud in the distribution the “stimulus” funds he oversees. Only that one mention above of delays in the distribution of transportation funds. An attempt to downplay his gaffes as if they’re just representative of his honesty and bluntness.
No mention of how he’s gotten nearly every foreign policy issue wrong (not to mention most domestic ones) over the course of his 36-year tenure in the seat. No tough questions asking if he’s learned from his mistakes. Instead, we just learn that “Biden’s vice presidency is shaping up as a mix of his two Democratic predecessors, two of the most influential vice presidents after Cheney.”
Guess if your name isn’t Cheney and you serve under Obama, then there’s no need for tough criticism.
*You know that “three-letter word” about “the number one job facing the middle class.”
UPDATE: This piece makes me wonder if the AP functions as the research and communications arm of the Obama White House (to borrow an expression from the President’s Communications Director).