Left-leaning journalists and publications spent an inordinate amount of time and resources during the four years of the Trump administration attempting to expose scandal, misstatements, and corruption. But some observers online believe those same outlets and writers seem far less interested in holding President Joe Biden’s administration similarly accountable.
In fact, as social media users have begun to point out, leftist journos not only appear to be increasingly focused on so-called ‘puff pieces’ about the Bidens, but are also noticeably content with allowing the new administration to self-define what is and is not accurate.
Two examples were discussed online over the weekend.
In the first, users mocked the attention paid by the Washington Post and other liberal writers to the fact that the new first couple brought two dogs with them to the White House after four years without a pet (former President Trump did not bring a dog or a cat, which seemed to be a triggering event for some Washington journalists).
“Crucial moment for most new administrations: Biden dogs, Major and Champ, both German Shepherds, arrived at White House yesterday,” tweeted presidential historian Michael Beschloss, whose posts make it clear he is no fan of former President Trump.
Wonderful to finally have a President of the United States who does not use the word “dog” as an epithet.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) January 25, 2021
“Wonderful to finally have a President of the United States who does not use the word ‘dog’ as an epithet,” Beschloss added.
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin also made several posts celebrating the arrival of the Bidens’ two German Shepards.
“Dogs are officially back in the White House,” she tweeted last week along with a link to a Post story reporting on the development.
Dogs are officially back in the White House https://t.co/z8HvTvutZK
— Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) January 25, 2021
The recent tweet is in line with several previous posts from Rubin in which she complained that Trump’s White House was devoid of canines.
We should never ever elect a president who doesn’t love dogs.
— Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) February 11, 2019
Moral: Never, ever elect a president who doesn't like dogs
— Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) July 8, 2020
No way!! Gosh from a president who hates dogs to …
— Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) July 15, 2020
Meanwhile, Rubin’s paper also ran a story proving “answers” about a dog’s life in the White House, generally speaking. The story featured a photo of former President George W. Bush cuddling on a couch in the Oval Office with his dog, Barney — though the Post’s coverage of Bush in general, when he was president, was negative.
“Who fills the water dish, rubs the bellies and scoops the poop? Can the pups just pop into the Oval Office?” The Post story began.
"Who pours the kibble?" And other answers about daily life for dogs in the White House https://t.co/OxOStFSzHl
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 30, 2021
“Biden killed thousands of jobs last week but please tell us ‘who let’s [sic] the dogs out,’” Heritage Foundation policy analyst Ana Rosa Quintana wrote in response to the Post story.
Meanwhile, WaPo fact-checker Glenn Kessler commented on the “refreshing attitude” of Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain after he said “we won’t always get it right” but that the administration will try to be as honest with Americans as possible.
“This is a refreshing attitude. I also appreciate the Biden WH’s quick response to fact-checking questions,” said Kessler, whose paper resourced an entire fact-checking operation during the Trump years that he managed — though the Post has said it has no plans to maintain a similar operation focused on President Biden’s White House.
This is a refreshing attitude. I also appreciate the Biden WH’s quick response to fact-checking questions. https://t.co/Ms4XwTP7PB
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) January 30, 2021
CNN media analyst Brian Stelter made a similar comment in response to a story broadcast by his own network in which White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the Biden administration promises to share “accurate information.”
“(How refreshing)” Stelter wrote.
(How Refreshing) pic.twitter.com/eZUrqFOSO6
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 25, 2021
Both responses were met with derision and skepticism.
It’s kinda sad if the media is allowing them to act as their own fact checkers
— Jake (@UCCowboy) January 30, 2021
You gotta be fracking kidding me….
— Alvaroidz (@Alvaroidz) January 30, 2021
I don't know why they keep making these Human Centipede movies https://t.co/NIpfGcVr4O
— I got your #Unity right here (@jtLOL) January 30, 2021
Media back on cruise control
— Tony Rock (@Tony_Rock01) January 30, 2021
Chocolate chip. Got it. Very honest and refreshing.
I noticed you didn’t fact check the question about who dropped off those laptops for repair. Oh . . . hold on. This must be a mistake. It looks like nobody has asked that question.
— John Lund (@AttilaTheLund) January 30, 2021
In a separate post, Kessler said his newspaper was indeed fact-checking Biden.
I have to laugh at the folks who think we are no longer fact checking Biden. For the record, in the past week we have awarded 4 Pinocchios to Biden –> https://t.co/qUGNiqpns7
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) January 30, 2021
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