Reporters Confirm They Will Not Be as Critical of Biden Administration Compared to Trump Administration
By Movieguide® Staff
Double standard much?
Reporters confirmed to The Atlantic that they will not be as critical of President-Elect Joe Biden’s administration as they were of incumbent Donald Trump.
The Atlantic reports that writers like Olivia Nuzzi, who covered the 2016 campaign for The Daily Beast and joined New York magazine around the time Trump took office, acknowledged and even indulged in the liberal confirmation bias.
As The Atlantic reports:
“There is kind of this temptation to satisfy the resistance with worldview-confirming reporting chum,” she told me. She’s spent enough time on the internet to know who her most devoted readers are, and they aren’t MAGA bros. “It didn’t really require any special bravery to report honestly and critically on Donald Trump,” Nuzzi said. “I could write in a piece, ‘Donald Trump is the biggest [expletive] to ever live and he is a terrible human being and a [expletive] president and, like, he’s ugly’ … and nobody would be mad at me except the same people who are mad at me anyway for existing.”
Nuzzi can already tell that the dynamic will be different in the incoming administration. “On a purely social level, I don’t know that reporting critically on Joe Biden will feel as safe for reporters,” she told me. “You’re not going to get yass queen–ed to death.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta told The Atlantic that he doesn’t expect to bring the same crusading style to his coverage of the next administration.
“I don’t think the press should be trying to whip up the Biden presidency and turn it into must-see TV in a contrived way,” he said.
The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins continues:
If that sounds like a double standard, Acosta told me it’s not partisan—it’s a matter of professional solidarity. In his view, Trump’s campaign to discredit the press has constituted a “nonstop national emergency,” one that required a defiant response. “If being at the White House is not an experience that might merit hazard pay,” he said, “then perhaps it is going to be approached differently.”
Daniel Dale, the former Toronto Star correspondent who rose to stardom at CNN for his exhaustive cataloging of Trump’s lies, says his beat will necessarily expand come January. “It will not be a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week job to fact-check Biden,” he told me.
The eye-opening piece proves that media discernment is more critical than ever.
Though reporters are bound–and protected–by the First Amendment to hold government officials accountable, these same reporters admit doggedly attacking one leader while giving a pass to the next.
As consumers, we must understand that not everything that shows up in our feeds or on our screens is true. We must fact-check the fact-checkers who insist on presenting confirmation bias above factual truth.