President Biden’s journey to his ancestral homeland of Eire spurred a festive spherical of constructive protection from the networks and newspapers like The Washington Put up. They did not ask questions on why Hunter Biden accompanied his father on the journey. This sort of gush is clearly not one thing the nationwide media did when President Trump visited Eire in 2019.
Reporters ignored a sequence of gaffes — Biden placing Jesse Helms in South Carolina, ending a speech with “Let’s go lick the world,” and mixing up the All Blacks rugby staff with the Black and Tans, a brutal police drive the British used in opposition to the Irish. NBC’s Lester Holt and Peter Alexander confirmed comfortable Irish people waving American flags and performed a sequence of much less confused Biden video clips from what Holt referred to as a “landmark” journey.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough advised everybody to disregard the gaffes, and held up constructive headlines in Irish newspapers, like one saying “BIDEN JOY.”
All this reminds us of Mitt Romney’s journey overseas in July of 2012, the place the networks held up headlines from London studying “MITT THE TWIT.” NBC’s Peter Alexander did it, and so did CBS reporter Jan Crawford. She stated “Are you able to see it? ‘Mitt the Twit.’ That is not the kind of headline you need.” Nevertheless it was undoubtedly the headline CBS and NBC wished!
Romney additionally visited Poland, the place Peter Alexander underlined his gaffes once more, claiming all of it “overshadowed” his journey. Who decides what “overshadows” a politician? A really political information media. A feminine reporter shouted at Romney close to Poland’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, “Governor Romney, do you are feeling that your gaffes have overshadowed your international journey?!”
The identical Washington Put up that poured sugar on Biden’s Eire journey poured acid on Romney in 2012. Reporter Philip Rucker introduced on behalf of all journalists that Romney would by no means measure up the grandeur that was the Barack Obama European Rock Star Tour of 2008: “For any candidate on a international journey, the margin for error is small, with each misstep magnified, pretty or not — particularly so for Romney, whose go to is drawing inevitable comparisons to Barack Obama’s largely profitable international tour as a candidate in 2008.”
NBC additionally celebrated Obama’s journeys to Eire in 2009 (with Al Roker) and 2011 (with Norah O’Donnell), highlighting his obscure Irish roots. Benefit from the podcast under, or wherever you hearken to podcasts.