All you need to know about last night’s dueling townhalls on ABC and NBC with Joe Biden and President Trump is that Biden was not asked a single question about the New York Post’s bombshell reporting on his and Hunter Biden’s blatant selling of his vice-presidential office to China and Ukraine, and that Savannah Guthrie came at the President of the United States like a screaming banshee who desperately needed a valium or three.
No one should have expected anything else.
After all, Biden’s puffball hour was conducted by a former Clinton bagman, George Stephanopoulous, and Guthrie is just another Democrat activist employed by a mainstream media outlet. This of course makes them both logical choices to “moderate” presidential debates in the eyes of the Commission that governs those atrocities, which tells you all you need to know about the Commission. The fact that these competing events replaced what was to have been a second presidential debate moderated by a former intern for Biden was just perfect. The only real difference was the presence of two fake moderators in the tank for the Democrat instead of one.
The fact that Guthrie opened her Gestapo-like interrogation (the only thing missing from the scene was an uncovered light bulb hanging from a wire between the two) with a frenzied effort to force the President to denounce QAnon was also very telling. QAnon is something that maybe 1/10th of 1 percent of the U.S. population has even heard of, and only a tiny fraction of that tiny fraction have any understanding of what it actually is.
Yet, this is what is right at the top of Guthrie’s tiny mind, out-weighing all other issues of the day? Think about why that might be the case, especially in light of the President’s perfect answer that the group is “very much opposed to pedophilia.” You can imagine thousands of viewers hearing about the group for the first time listening to the President’s answer and thinking, “Oh.”
Meanwhile, as Biden was able to provide leisurely non-answers to Stephanopoulous without follow-up on ABC, Guthrie was interrupting the President dozens of times, not allowing him to complete a single answer to any of her questions. So, just like Chris Wallace’s tactic during the first presidential debate.
Here’s a supercut:
We have witnessed this kind of irrational behavior from media figures towards Republicans for decades now, and it remains a mystery what they believe in their own minds that it gains them, other than ensuring they continue to get invited to Jeff Zucker’s or Mike Bloomberg’s swanky parties. Guthrie’s obvious goal was to somehow damage the President, but the more likely consequence of her behavior last night will be that her morning show will continue to bleed viewership as anyone with a fair mind would have to conclude that she is untrustworthy and frankly irrational.
As for Stephanopoulous, the failure to ask about the Hunter Biden scandals and to press Biden for a real answer on packing the Supreme Court represent his usual failure to engage in anything approaching actual journalism. But then, he’s not a journalist in any sense of that word, so again, what else would we expect?
In the end, Buck Sexton summed it up perfectly on his Twitter feed:
“All you have to do is stop thinking of the media as “journalists” who “speak truth to power” and start thinking of them as pro bono lawyers working for the Biden campaign who will hide and destroy evidence for their client, and everything makes sense very quickly”.