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The mainstream media, which as a reminder, spent the last year denying the realities of Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s clear cognitive decline, are now suddenly very worried about Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s cognitive decline.
In an over 1,500-word profile published Thursday, The New Yorker, a left-wing magazine, used anonymous sources to impugn Feinstein’s mental capabilities.
The piece claims that “many” people “familiar with Feinstein’s situation describe her as seriously struggling, and say it has been evident for several years.”
“Speaking on background, and with respect for her accomplished career, they say her short-term memory has grown so poor that she often forgets she has been briefed on a topic, accusing her staff of failing to do so just after they have,” the piece reads.
“They describe Feinstein as forgetting what she has said and getting upset when she can’t keep up. One aide to another senator described what he called a ‘Kabuki’ meeting in which Feinstein’s staff tried to steer her through a proposed piece of legislation that she protested was ‘just words’ which ‘make no sense.'”
These anonymous allegations sound no different than the allegations that surfaced about Biden prior to the 2020 presidential election — but that, unlike the allegations against Feinstein, were shot down by every mainstream media outlet.
— Fitz Eli (@fitzelizabeth) August 3, 2020
“Feinstein’s staff has said that sometimes she seems herself, and other times unreachable. ‘The staff is in such a bad position,’ a former Senate aide who still has business in Congress said. ‘They have to defend her and make her seem normal,'” The New Yorker‘s piece continues.
But this effort apparently failed, in part because of growing anger from the Democrat Party’s base over Feinstein’s supposed abnormal behavior — such as the time that she hugged Senate Judiciary Committee chair, Lindsey Graham, after the conclusion of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings.
“The Democrats’ strategy [during the hearing] was to portray Barrett’s confirmation process as a travesty, jammed through the Senate in the final weeks before the Presidential election by hypocritical Republicans bent on using brute power to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with her ideological polar opposite,” The New Yorker notes.
“The Democrats sought to fire up their voters by highlighting the illegitimacy of the process. But, to the Democrats’ dismay, Feinstein instead hugged the Republican chairman of the committee, Lindsey Graham, thanking him for his ‘fairness’ and for running ‘one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in.'”
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) October 16, 2020
This innocuous, otherwise arguably-endearing hug triggered rage from the Democrat Party’s base and some “journalists” as well.
Some suspect, therefore, that the media’s newfound focus on Feinstein’s cognitive decline may be motivated in part by ire over her hug:
Biden’s cognitive decline is much more obvious than Feinstein’s. Left-wing media is simply out to destroy her because she gave Lindsey Graham a hug. https://t.co/biHldEIOBc
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 10, 2020
What fascinates me about the knives out for Feinstein is it’s at least partially driven by people who think like this.
Feinstein’s hug of Graham hurt them with zero down ballot voters. Dems challenges down ballot had a lot to do with being too extreme. Not too friendly to R’s. https://t.co/5moWHC5TNN
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) December 10, 2020
“By the end of the confirmation hearings, public-opinion polls showed more support for Barrett than before they began. Progressive advocacy groups demanded that Feinstein step aside. Ilyse Hogue, the president of the reproductive-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued a statement accusing her of having failed to make clear that Barrett posed ‘a grave threat’ to ‘every freedom and right we hold dear,'” The New Yorker‘s hit piece on Feinstein continues.
“Instead, Hogue said, Feinstein had ‘offered an appearance of credibility to the proceedings that is wildly out of step with the American people. As such, we believe the committee needs new leadership.'”
For some inexplicable reason, The New Yorker neglected to note that Hogue’s accusation contradicted the very public-opinion polls it’d just cited.
Contained in the piece was only one seemingly legitimate piece of evidence of cognitive decline: The moment that Feinstein allegedly repeated a question verbatim while grilling Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last month.
“Reading from a sheaf of prepared papers, she asked Jack Dorsey, the C.E.O. of Twitter, whether his company was doing enough to stem the spread of disinformation,” the piece notes.
“It was a good question. Feinstein seemed sharp and focused. … But this time, after Dorsey responded, Feinstein asked him the same question again, reading it word for word.”
That does sound concerning. Yet a deep-dive search on Google brought up zero reports about this faux pas. Instead, it revealed a video showing Feinstein acting perfectly normal during the said hearing:
Meanwhile, there are endless videos of Biden repeating himself and stumbling over his words, yet none of this verifiable evidence has ever been covered by The New Yorker. However, the outlet did take time this past summer to talk about President Donald Trump’s alleged (and quite contested) cognitive decline.
All of this raises a question: What about Biden!?
Ummm… what about Biden’s cognitive decline – when will you report on this? Oh, wait, you will if he ever actually becomes the president, right? We can see through your facade! You report what you think will benefit your candidates or your case. Sick of your fake news!
— Melody (@MelodyLynneS) December 10, 2020
Cool story. Now do Joe Biden.
— Kraken-Elect Bjorn Again (@treebeard64) December 10, 2020
Now do Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/BiCxusppII
— Trump’s CENSORED Tweets 🚫 (@Brett13420913) December 10, 2020
Now do Joe Biden.
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) December 10, 2020
Others believe Joe Biden’s declining mental health could come into the mainstream as a means to make a path for Kamala Harris.
The Feinstein story is the warmup for the Biden story.
— Dean Browning (@DeanBrowningPA) December 10, 2020
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