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CNN Covers for Biden-in-the-Basement: a ‘Concerted Strategy’

by | Oct 22, 2020

By Mark Finkelstein 

Journalists seem to have no interest in just why Joe Biden’s handlers have so frequently called “lids” on his campaigning in this final stretch, and totally pulled him out of public view for virtually this entire week. 

Nope: in fact, it’s a carefully calculated strategy. Joe Biden is a brilliant, modern-day Sun Tzu, adopting his maxim to not interfere when your enemy is destroying himself. 

At least, that’s the explanation of Biden’s disappearing act . . .  if you believe CNN. In a New Day segment Wednesday morning with Alex Wagner of The Circus and Laura Barrón-López of Politico, the consensus was that Biden’s retreat from the trail was a smart and “concerted” strategy. The notion is to let President Trump destroy himself, while portraying a contrast of “normalcy.”

Host John Berman wondered, “So what is Joe Biden doing? He’s been off the trail in debate prep. It’s a heck of a contrast. And most probably a deliberate one from the Biden campaign.” Wagner marveled, “Yeah, I mean, it is a study in contrast, also known as a view into the parallel universe where reason, logic, and science prevail, John.” 

Barron-Lopez concluded: 

A big part of why Biden decides to call a lid some days as early as 9:00 A.M. is because of the fact that, yes, he’s following this campaign adage that if your opponent appears to be imploding or doing the work for you, then you let them do that. But it’s also because, we are still in the middle of a pandemic. And that was the very reason why his campaign decided to be on the road less. 

Yet not one word was breathed by the panel about Biden’s, about his, his, you know, the thing.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.

Categories: Media Bias