Norms

Fairfax North America correspondent Matthew Knott finally notices a politically motivated assault:

Washington: US President Donald Trump has defended his controversial proposal to accept the Republican Party’s presidential nomination with a speech from the White House, saying it would save taxpayers’ money…

Instead of Milwaukee, Biden will deliver his speech from his home in Delaware as the Democratic National Committee cuts back on virtually all convention-related travel.

“We followed the science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement.

“That’s the kind of steady and responsible leadership America deserves. And that’s the leadership Joe Biden will bring to the White House.”

 
Fairfax and the ABC both ignored Biden asking a black reporter yesterday if he was a “junkie” – as a well as his frightening unexplained reference to elephants and lions. Clearly, the Democrat Party has not in fact “followed the science” and “listened to doctors.” Had Donald Trump made that “junkie” remark, it would have unleashed “fresh assaults” on statues, businesses, women and children. That’s a given. But it’s those elephants and lions that should really concern disinterested observers.

Politico tries to bury them by claiming the comment “references questions on Trump’s reported cognitive test that made headlines during a July interview with Chris Wallace.” There were no such questions. Time helpfully speculates Biden’s animal fantasy was “appearing to refer to Trump’s public discussion about his own clinical examinations.” There were no such discussions, nor did a cognitive test undertaken by the President establish that “he can’t figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion.”

It seems the Democrat nominee-presumptive has conflated reporter Chris Wallace downplaying the complexity of Trump’s mental acuity test (where he referred to one of the tasks being the identification of an elephant) and the celebrated CNN discussion between Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo wherein the former brandished a portion of the same test to ridicule the President but then failed it live on air when he mistook a rhinoceros for a hippo. Two incidents, two black reporters, four African animals and one extremely discombobulated politician. And behind it all, multiple media organisations exploiting vagueries to hide the truth. As usual. The man who would be Commander-in-Chief has mistaken Don Trump for Don Lemon. They don’t look alike.

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19 Responses to Norms

  1. stackja

    USA MSM can’t handle the truth.
    Bill Clinton, BO now Joe get a pass.
    Only The Donald is questioned.

  2. cuckoo

    Can’t President Trump deliver his acceptance by video from the basement of the White House? If only to troll the fake news media.

    Not a day goes by without Biden vomiting a word salad, with zero commentary from our media, but last night the ABC bulletin gave ample air time to a recent video of Biden showing off his Corvette Stingray and posing in his aviator sunglasses. I have no idea whether anybody’s tweenage daughter was in the boot. C’mon man.

  3. Reagent

    The newspaper headline on the item is a more-acceptable “Trump touts White House for GOP nod”. There’s more room for headlines online so the Herald’s Trump-deranged sub-editors can slip in a bit of smartarse comment.

  4. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    the animal fantasy was “appearing to refer to Trump’s public discussion about his own clinical examinations.”

    My interpretation is that Geriatric Joe was referring to Fatty Trump’s fantasy of unleashing hordes of ravenous elephants on lions on the American people after they opt en masse for Joe in November.

    It’s “the thing”, man – and if you don’t agree with me, you’re not black.

  5. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    elephants and lions …

  6. IainC

    Senator Biden doesn’t make gaffes, he makes giraffes.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    In fresh assault on norms, Trump wants party nomination at White House.

    LOL. Maybe he should do it from a Delaware basement too.

    Biden scraps plans to travel to Milwaukee for nomination acceptance, citing coronavirus concerns

    Convention organizers said in a statement Wednesday that Biden will instead accept the Democratic nomination and deliver a speech from his home state of Delaware, and other speakers also will not go to Milwaukee.

    I think I like fresh norms better than stale Joes.

  8. stackja

    Mark M – Betting on what information? MSM? Dems polling?

  9. areff

    so the Herald’s Trump-deranged sub-editors can slip in a bit of smartarse comment.

    There’s more to it than that — and less.

    First, the online crew aren’t subs, they’re “producers”, and their brief includes getting the entire package , pics ‘n’ all, together and posting it double quick. So the traditional objects of a sub’s attention — grammar, spelling, the questioning of dubious assertions — get no more than the shortest of short shrift. Where effort is directed tends to be at the click-magnet appeal of the piece in question. SEO considerations get much more attention than spelling, for instance.

    Hence, the most absurd assertions are apt to go through to the keeper. To question them — that Trump advocates injecting antiseptic, for instance — delays publication while queries fly across the office and time is wasted. Should the charge be withdrawn, well that limits the ability of the article to garner eyeballs and clock up ad impressions. So, all in all, it doesn’t pay to have an old-fashioned preoccupation with presenting the truth as best it is known at any one time.

    Finally, the demographic profile of the modern newsroom. Where the former 24-hour news cycle allowed consideration, evaluation ad refinement, the new one doesn’t. Now factor in the general ignorance of a newsroom with an average age of, say, 26 and bugger all experience of the real world, and you end up with The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

    Being an incurable optimist, I used to believe those papers could be reformed with principled editing. Wasn’t I the silly sausage.

  10. Boambee John

    areff

    Finally, the demographic profile of the modern newsroom. Where the former 24-hour news cycle allowed consideration, evaluation ad refinement, the new one doesn’t. Now factor in the general ignorance of a newsroom with an average age of, say, 26 and bugger all experience of the real world, and you end up with The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

    Didn’t one of Obama’s media spin doctors have something to say about the knowledge base of modern churnalists?

  11. Damon

    “Biden showing off his Corvette Stingray ”

    Can he pass a driving test?

  12. areff

    Ben Rhodes, Boambee. Can recall the exact quote off the top of my head but it went something like … ‘your typical reporter is a 27-year-old who knows absolutely nothing about anything.’

  13. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    ‘your typical reporter is a 27-year-old who knows absolutely nothing about anything.’

    Rhodes only made the observation to point out that this was a feature, not a bug.

  14. areff

    can = can’t (it’s Melbourne and cold; typing fingers frigid and rigid. brrrrrr)

  15. Shy Ted

    He can’t hide his lion eyes
    And giraffe is a thin disguise
    Thougth by now he’s realise
    There ain’t no way to hide those lion eyes

  16. John A

    Convention organizers said in a statement Wednesday that Biden will instead accept the Democratic nomination and deliver a speech from his home state of Delaware, and other speakers also will not go to Milwaukee.

    Since the presumptive Republican nominee resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I would expect delivering the acceptance speech from home would have three beneficial effects:
    a) it would demonstrate that the President respects the science
    b) it would match and then over-trump Biden’s speech in the media reporting
    and
    c) it would beautifully wedge the Dumb Numpties Coalition

    Mr President, make that speech one day after Mr Biden makes his. 🙂

  17. Nob

    mistaken Don Trump for Don Lemon

    Black is the New Orange.

    areff ,
    Thanks for that description of the modern newsroom.
    Seems like it has less authority than Twitter, which at least is attributable.

  18. Dave in Marybrook

    You are too generous, areff.
    “With brutal editing down to sub-Tweet length, Trump can be made to appear advocating bleach injection” is the both the modus operandi and the raison d’etre, all in one. There’s no point of double-checking the facts- the story is dishonestly assembled from elision, and only gets legs from the ADD audience… which is, increasingly, everyone.

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