Another media fail
The article described a White House where Biden’s “folksy demeanor” belies a “short fuse and an obsession with details.” Apparently, Biden is guilty of… “gasp”… taking his job seriously.
His apparent crime, according to the article, is taking his time making decisions, consulting experts, and considering multiple points of view. Sometimes, he even agonizes over decisions for days. He is really kidding himself. What does he think his job is, making life and death decisions? Making policy for the most powerful country in the world? The nerve!
After all, his fastidiousness comes after four years of a president who wouldn’t read his briefing documents. And rather than sitting through long, drawn-out policy discussions, he wanted his policy briefings “with maps, charts, pictures and videos, as well as ‘killer graphics,” as former CIA Director and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put it.
So just who does Biden think he is?
Well, that is actually what The New York Times seemed to imply in its article published over the weekend. That attack was ironic indeed considering that the Times editorial board criticized Trump for his lack of attention to the details of governing.
But this article is evidence of a long-standing practice not just of the New York Times, but of most reputable mainstream media sources. They believe in the credo of “both-siderism.” The argument goes that since an argument is made by a political official, especially a high-ranking one such as the President, that statement becomes news. People can take the information and make a determination as to its credibility.
The problem arises when politicians make statements based not on facts, but on outright lies. If people go to the newspapers looking for information, and the newspaper simply covers both sides of the issue in the interest of balance, then the reader cannot determine the veracity or lack thereof of the statements printed in the paper.