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The grossly disparate way in which the media treats Republican presidents and Democrat presidents became especially clear this Friday after current Democrat President Joe Biden stumbled and then fell while climbing a set of stairs.

While every mainstream outlet covered Biden stumbling and falling as he tried to board Air Force One, they did so relatively quietly and with little fanfare.

Over at CNN, for instance, the network published a brief report titled “White House says Biden is ‘100% fine’ after he tripped boarding Air Force One.” Meanwhile, on-air, reporter Jeff Zeleny quickly announced the event around 4:00 pm.

“Earlier in the day, as he left Washington on a windy morning, Biden struggled to find his footing as he climbed the stairs of Air Force One, prompting a White House spokeswoman to say he’s 100 percent fine,” he reported.

Watch:

Yet last year when then-President Donald Trump merely walked down a ramp rather slowly — but without stumbling or falling — CNN went into overdrive analyzing the faux incident and using it to speculate about the president’s health.

Over at CNN.com, a nearly 1,000-word long analysis piece appeared:

And then on the air, the network’s various hosts repeatedly questioned Trump’s health:

These examples are just from CNN.

The rest of the media also went into overdrive.

Look:

About a year later, the response to Biden stumbling and falling three times in a row seems noticeably muted and at times even defensive.

We have all run up stairs and had that moment ourselves. If you haven’t, you are not a human being. That’s for sure,” MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, a known propagandist, said Friday.

Listen:

Yet after the ramp incident last year, MSNBC’s various reporters and commentators spent nearly 30 minutes analyzing the incident and using it to question then-President Trump’s health, according to the conservative media watchdog group NewsBusters.

Meanwhile, the media seem so hellbent on protecting Biden that they’re now even fact-checking fun, obviously fake memes about his stairs incident.

Memes like this one posted Friday by Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.:

In response to Trump Jr. posting this, The Hill published a veritable fact-check.

Look:

Regarding Trump Jr., he too is keenly aware of the double standards.

“I remember the press bashing Trump for touching the rail once,” he wrote in another tweet, referencing the ramp incident.

The irony is that, after the ramp incident, then-Democrat presidential candidate Biden mocked Trump Jr.’s father.

“Look at how he steps and look how I step. Watch how I run up ramps and he stumbles down ramps,” he said at the time.

Come again, Mr. President?

Vivek Saxena

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