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President Joe Biden, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, fib about the administration's covid plans, but the media cover for them anyway. Leftist commentators push for more media sycophancy and norm breaking. And Trump prepares for a Senate impeachment trial. I'm Ben Shapiro. This is The Ben Shapiro Show. This show is sponsored by expressive VPs, don't like big tech in the government spying on you visit it expressive dotcom again. I mean, look, here's the reality. I've been talking about Express VPN on my show for months.
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You know, all the time Donald Trump did four years on and was lied to us. All of his press secretaries lied to us. Kayleigh McEnany must be barred from all human contact. We have to put Sarah Huckabee Sanders in solitary confinement. We have to find Sean Spicer wherever he is. We have to wrest him from the set of Dancing with the Stars and bar him from polite human society. But now now we have the greatest and most honest of all of the humans, so many honest humans in the Biden administration.
It's not that Joe Biden is a corrupt old politician, has been in Washington, DC since he was thirty years old. And it's not that Jen Psaki is an actual overt liar who lied routinely for a living while she was with the Obama administration. Nope. These are the adults in the room. So much adulthood happening. In fact, this is what CNN's Dana Bash said, right, that anyone who has a connection to reality knows the adults are back in Washington.
And that means that we can all just sleep on this. Right. And go to sleep again, because let's let's be real now.
We can sleep securely knowing that when the call comes in the middle of the night, only the greatest, wisest and most honest of human beings will be occupying the White House here as Dana Bash, journalism all over the place about the wonderful, innate honesty and decency of all the people who are in power.
That was just the phrase. Here's Dana Bash. Objective journalism. If you take what you just saw and heard in totality, anybody who has any connection to reality about what is going on around them should have watched that and said the adults are back in the room. Hmm. That is that is what the kind of vibe was that President Biden was clearly trying to get out there. And it made it easier because he has a plan.
That would be Brianna Keilar who is who's sitting there going. Yes. Hmm. Wow. Yes. So much journalism happening on CNN there, the objective journalist. And you know what? The White House, this White House, the Biden White House, they hold themselves to that higher standard. In fact, Jen Psaki, again, a person who lied routinely to the media while she was at the State Department under Barack Obama. Now she says, we're bringing transparency back.
It's like Justin Timberlake. But with politics here she is explaining how wonderful transparency will be under the Biden administration.
And it's also being straight and transparent, straightforward and transparent. And, you know, there's no better example than that than covid-19 and our efforts to get the pandemic under control. They're going to be days where people are not going to be hearing what they want to hear, where the data is going to be concerning and troubling. But we want to bring transparency back. And then so so we're going to try to deliver on that in the briefing room. But really, the job, the back and forth is the job.
Wow. The back and forth is the job. Brooke Baldwin saying yes all the way through. Very solid stuff there. OK, so just tell honest and transparent, were they on the first day? The very first day where they super honest? Were they super transparent or are they just absolutely clear with the American public? Well, let's take it from the top. So Joe Biden has a plan to stop it. In fact, he tweeted out that he wasn't going to stop the economy.
He wasn't going to stop your life. He was going to stop the virus. His plan for stopping virus. Wait for it, wait for now, wait for it. Wear a mask. Boom. Done. Amazing. Not as though mask learning has been tried all over Europe and has generally not stop the spread of the virus. Not as though there's been a massive mandate in place in L.A. like this whole time in L.A. is just getting walloped right now.
If Joe Biden says wear a mask, you know the virus will just die. That's what will happen. Not only did Joe Biden say that he has a solution, which is to wear a mask, he actually signed an executive order that anyone who enters federal property, if you use cross border transportation, if you move between states, anything that that the federal government has a hand in, you must wear a mask. And this this will solve covid.
I'm not an anti mass guy. I wear a mask. People in my office wear masks. I think it's a good idea. But this is not a solution. Here is Joe Biden saying, no, no, but I'm not allowed to say that. Here he is. Wear a mask, guys. Just wear a mask. One of our 100 day challenges is asking the American people to mask up for the first 100 days, the next 99 days, the mass can become a partisan issue, unfortunately, but it's a patriotic act.
But for a few months to wear a mask, no vaccines. The fact is that the single best thing we can do is more important than the vaccines because they take time to work.
And that's that's true. I mean, we shouldn't be learning and we should be socially distancing until we can get people the vaccines that they need. There's only one problem, which is that Joe Biden immediately upon being inaugurated, started walking around federal property without a mask and he wasn't wearing a mask. Now, to a normal journalist, that might seem like a question, but we know that asking those sorts of questions are completely unnecessary now because this is the most honest and transparent administration we have ever seen.
We knew this from the moment they were ushered into ushered into power. So Peter Doocy of Fox News has the temerity, the temerity, that bastard to ask Jen Psaki this question. You know, Joe Biden says that he wants masks for everybody. In fact, he put into law an actual mask mandate on federal property. But Joe Biden wasn't wearing a mask on federal property yesterday. Isn't that sort of weird? Here is Peter Doocy asking the question.
And Jen Psaki is like, well, here's that vaunted transparency, openness, honesty, and just that straight talk that we can look forward to for four years. I think he was celebrating an evening of a historic day in our country. Yesterday was a historic moment, our history. He was inaugurated as president of the United States. He was surrounded by his family. We take a number of precautions, but I don't think I think we have bigger issues to worry about at this moment in time.
OK, can you imagine for just one second if Kelly McCann to give that same exact answer, it was a historic day he was celebrating with his family. Do you think that that would that would wash for one iota of one second? All we heard throughout the Trump administration was that if Donald Trump was in a room with a bunch of other people who had been tested, if he was out there with his family and he wasn't wearing a mask, why won't he mask up?
But don't? By the way, I didn't realize that there was an exception in federal law for the federal property mask mandate for historic ceremonies. Didn't realize that was a thing. You know, many people have not been able to hold weddings during this pandemic because it's a pandemic. You know, many people have not been able to hold funerals for their loved ones. That seems, by the way, a lot more important than Joe Biden celebrating himself. Now, just to be honest with you, you honoring your grandmother who died, you are honoring a friend or family member who died by going to a funeral that seems like on a raw level, more important, both emotionally and psychologically than Joe Biden getting to have that triumphant walk without wearing the mask.
But Jen Psaki says it. And so it is so, so much transparency. So much honesty. Wow. Just incredible. That was only the beginning. By the way, it gets a lot worse. We're going to get to this in just one second. First, let us talk about the fact when you are running a business, H.R. issues can absolutely kill you.
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I mean, it's kind of a big deal. I mean, like Gavin Newsom going and eating at the French Laundry while having a restaurant mandate and violating the restaurant mandate like that, that was kind of a big deal. And Joe Biden saying, like, his first thing is everybody needs to wear a mask and then immediately stripping off the mask and then the excuses. It was historic ceremony, a little bit of it. But but you know what?
In the broad scheme of things, it's really more about hypocrisy than it is about like a big deal with regard to lying about policy, for example. Well, what if they also lied about policy? So the Biden administration has spent the first 48 hours of its existence explaining that there is no plan for distribution, none that the vaccines that have been shot into the arms of several million Americans. At this point, we are shooting into the arms of about a million Americans a day.
This vaccine, apparently there was no plan at all. There was no plan at all. So Nancy Pelosi said this yesterday. Trump had no plan for distribution, none, which is incredible. I mean, without a plan, the man was able to ramp up vaccine distribution to a million a day. My goodness, if he had a plan, how great would that be? Here is Nancy Pelosi spilling out this lie yesterday. We learned this morning that the Trump administration had no real plan for the production and distribution of the vaccine, just another in a series of their.
Terrible, ineffective approach to it from the start and denial, delay, distortion, calling it a hoax, and now we find that they don't they didn't even have a plan.
OK, so this was the Biden line, right? The Biden administration line. The Democratic line is there's no plan for vaccine distribution. It just does not exist. And the media dutifully report this. CNN reported it, according Greybeard, some 47 times yesterday, 47 times they mentioned the idea that there was sheer chaos in the vaccine distribution. Now, can you make the vaccine distribution plan better? Sure, why not? But the idea that there was no plan, as it turns out, is just overtly false.
Doesn't matter. The media buying that transparency from Biden. They're just going to they're just going to repeat this crap, even though it's not true. I mean, really not true. OK, here's NBC's Kristen Welker saying they are starting from scratch. I mean, it's just chaos over here. What you're seeing now is this acknowledgement, you're absolutely right, by Zionist and other top officials here who are saying, look, the Trump administration did not leave us with any working plan to roll out this vaccine.
So, yes, we are starting from scratch. But I think that what Foushee was saying and we'll have to press him on this today when we get to ask him some questions, is that at least now we're looking in the mirror and acknowledging, OK, we need to start from scratch. Here's what a plan will look like.
OK, what what if I told you that Anthony Fauci, the greatest of all doctors who has ever lived I mean, in terms of ranking doctors, it basically goes like this. It goes like Dr. Jonas Salk. It goes Dr. J. Dr. Strange. And then Dr. Fauci is like way above all of them. Dr. Dr. Fauci is the greatest doctor ever. Let me just put that out there.
The man is just an unbelievably good doctor. Like if if anyone ever has a medical problem, call Dr. Fauci. He's unbelievable. Anyway, he's a godlike figure we should all light votive candles to. I was informed of this over the course of the last year. Well, what if I told you that Anthony Fauci said from the White House podium yesterday that they are not starting from scratch and yet the media repeated the lie because it sets the expectation that anything that Biden does is a success because they are just stenographers for the Biden administration.
Here's Anthony Fauci overtly contradicting the administration that he now works for.
We certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the U.S. But if you look at the plan that the president has put forth about the things that he's going to do, namely get community vaccine centers up, get pharmacies more involved where appropriate, get the Defense Production Act involved, not only perhaps with getting more vaccine, but even the things you need to get a good vaccine program, for example, needles and syringes that might be more useful in that.
So it's taking what's going on, but amplifying it in a big way, which sounds like they're not starting from scratch.
Actually, that's exactly what it sounds like. They're not starting from scratch. Doesn't matter. The media reported ad nauseum yesterday that they were starting from scratch. Why? Because Jeffrey Zients, who's the Obama covid policy adviser, said this. The Biden covid policy adviser said this to the to the press. The press immediately just reported it. Is those fact? And then there's Foushee just completely undercutting them. But don't worry, your press doing an amazing job holding people's feet to the fire.
What if I told you that they are also fibbing about their goals? So the Biden administration says we have big plans here, big plans, 100 million vaccinations within the next hundred days. And people who don't know anything are like, wow, that sounds unbelievable.
Unbelievable. You mean a million shots a day? What if I told you that we're already basically giving people a million shots today and kind of were when Biden took office? And so he's not fundamentally changing anything. So here's Jen Psaki being super honest and super transparent by telling you that it is an enormous, enormous increase in the number of vaccinations being provided for Joe Biden to provide basically the same number of vaccinations we're already providing on a daily basis. Here's Jen Psaki.
Super honest, super transparent, amazing stuff here. The Trump administration was given 36 million doses when they were in office for thirty eight days, they administered a total of about 17 million shots. That's about less than five hundred thousand shots a day. What we are proposing is to double that to about one million shots per day. And we we have outlined this goal and objective in coordination and consultation with our health and medical experts. So it is ambitious.
It's something that we feel is bold and was called that certainly at the time that it was called bold at the time.
Yet by members of your stenographer media, OK, this is how you lie with stats. OK, what she's doing, there's a line with statistics. Here is how it works. What she says is that the Trump administration was providing about on average, on average over the past 40 days, about half a million shot today. Now, you say you yourself. Well, that probably means that they were like every day putting out half a million shots, right?
No, that is not what that means. It means that they ramped up the vaccine distribution. OK, you can't take the average and then suggest that that's actually what's happening on a daily basis. That is like saying that Bill Gates, for the first 20 years of his life earned zero money and then Bill Gates over the next 20 years of his life, let's say that he made one hundred million dollars over the next 20 years of his life. That means that over the first 40 years of his life, he averaged half that.
Right. That means that when he was 12 years old, he was probably making, you know, like 10 million bucks a year or five million bucks a year. No, that is not how that works when you average numbers. But there is an escalating number that is actually the year on year or day on day number. What you want to look at in terms of are you ramping it up is the last day before you took office. Can you don't get to do the well, you know, on average, here's what that doesn't make any sense at all.
It makes zero sense. But she just throws that out there like, oh, well, so they were doing a half million. Now we're doing a million. We're doubling it. You're not doubling it. The day before you took office, there were almost a million shots administered. You're taking office. You're promising to administer a million shots, which means you're escalating it by like close to zero.
Everybody recognizes this and this is not in dispute.
So instead, what you have to do is you have to lie to the press and the press will dutifully just report that out. In fact, when a reporter asked Biden about this, when a reporter said, oh, by the way, we're already doing like a million vaccinations a day, I just snapped at the reporter because what hit? How dare he? I've been told that if you snapped the press, if you get mad at the press, if you treat the press badly, there's a fundamental assault on our most basic institutions.
Impeach like what? It's how how our press survive. Jim Acosta is under assault. Quick get Jim to the safe room because a reporter asked Biden a good question. Biden didn't want to answer the question and he got mad at the reporter. So much transparency, it's a new day in Washington gang. Here is a here's Joe Biden getting mad at a reporter for asking a perfectly obvious question. I think got far higher than basically where the U.S. is right now.
When I announced it, you all said it's not possible. Come on, give me a break. That's a good start.
Nope. No one said it was not possible when you announced it. Literally zero people who knew anything said it was not possible when you announced it. In fact, virtually everybody who knew anything said when you said 100 back to 100 million vaccinations in 100 days, they said should it be higher than that? That's not ramping anything up yet. But again, we all have to pretend along, so transparent, so honest, so much media ing every time they ask a tough question.
Within the first 48 hours, every time I have questions is ask, they just dodge it or lie about it. And then the media are like, but they're so honest and they're so transparent and they're so amazing. Oh, my God. Just unbelievable. Another example. The very first night, the very first night of the Biden White House, Jen Psaki did a presser and she was asked about Joe Biden's policy with regard to the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment is a federal amendment that says that you are not allowed to use federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortion.
And she said we have no position on that. But Joe Biden is a good Catholic. And as we know, Catholics, I'm pro-life here. Within 24 hours, Anthony Fauci had announced the return of the Mexico City policy, which uses federal taxpayer dollars in order to sponsor abortion overseas. So was that dishonest, was that avoiding the question? No, no, it's transparency and honesty. It's a new day. The adults are back in charge. The reality is it's not about the adults being back in charge or any realistic standard of honesty and decency.
What this is, is that there is a complete simpatico between the journalists and the people they're covering right now. It is just confirmation bias. They like the people they are covering. They didn't used to like the people they are covering. They don't care if the people that are covering right now lie to them and fib to them and put up propaganda talking points. That is fine with them because they like those propaganda talking points. This is not about them holding any consistent standard is about them holding a wildly inconsistent standard.
It's not listen, they would be saying the adults are back in the room if it had been Marco Rubio who is president. It has nothing to do with the adults being back in the room. And all this has to do with this. They agree with the people who are lying to them. And so they're going to just cover for them. They did this all throughout the Obama administration. Members of the Obama administration overtly admitted to lying to the press and the press kept licking their feet.
It was unbelievable. And now it will just be more of the same, it'll just be more of the same in a second, I'm gonna get to some more terrible, terrible covid policy, because there are a couple of policies that are now being trotted out that are pretty amazing, plus a story that should receive more media attention but likely will not. We'll explain in a second. First, let us talk about the reality, which is that this year you've probably been thinking dark thoughts, and that means that you need to think about what happens in case, God forbid, something should happen to you.
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And so here is the story. Remember how fifteen thousand American troops were sent to Washington, DC to protect against the possibility of another January six and then no one showed up. In fact, all across the country, the only violence that was done was done by Antifa in Portland and Seattle who are attacking, again, government buildings, or it didn't happen because anti fauzan ideology, I forget, which I mean, according to Joe Biden, Nancy, doesn't exist.
OK, in any case, what happened to the National Guardsmen? According to Politico, thousands of National Guardsmen were allowed back into the Capitol on Thursday night, hours after US Capitol Police officials ordered them to vacate the facility, sending them outdoors or to a nearby parking garages. After two weeks pulling security duty after the deadly ride on January 6th, one unit, which had been resting in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, was abruptly told to vacate the facility on Thursday.
According to one guardsman, the group was forced to rest in a nearby parking garage without Internet reception, with just one electrical outlet and one bathroom with two stalls for 5000 troops, the person said. Temperatures in Washington were in the low 40s by nightfall. The Guardsmen said yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines, taking photos, shaking their hands, thanking us for our service within 24 hours, they no further use for us and banished us to the corner of the parking garage.
We feel incredibly betrayed. All of the National Guard troops were told to vacate the capital in nearby congressional buildings on Thursday, and instead of mobile command centers outside or nearby hospitals and other guardsmen confirmed they were told to take their rest breaks during 12 hour shifts outside and in parking garages. The person said top lawmakers from both parties took to Twitter to decry the decision and call for answers after Politico first reported the news. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted, If this is true, it's outrageous.
I will get to the bottom of this. Senator Tom Cotton noted the Capitol complex remains closed to members of the public, so there is plenty of room for troops to take a break in them. A guard source confirmed late Thursday all the troops in the parking garages were ordered to return to the Capitol. Brigadier General Janine Birckhead, the Guard's inauguration task force commander, confirmed in a statement to Politico a little after midnight. The troops are out of the garage now back in the Capitol building, and they will take their breaks in our Emancipation Hall going forward.
In a statement, Capitol Police spokesperson Eva Maleki told the department recently that said the department recently asked the troops shift be reduced from 12 hours to eight in order to allow for additional rest hours away from the Capitol complex. It did not explain why guardsmen were forced into parking garages. Now you'll notice that nowhere in this piece does it explain who exactly is in charge here. Well, let me give you a hint. Who is in charge here? The president of the United States is currently named Joe Biden, not Donald Trump.
The Senate majority leader is currently named Chuck Schumer, not Mitch McConnell. The House speaker is named Nancy Pelosi, not Kevin McCarthy. So who is to blame? You know what the headlines would be if Trump were still president, don't you? Donald Trump forces, forces, troops to sleep in a parking garage in 40 degree weather sharing. But one toilet for five thousand people. You know, that would be the headline. But here it's like, oh, who how did this happen?
How I don't understand what could have happened here. Amazing how as soon as something bad happened under the Trump administration, it was like every Republican we see in like a four mile radius is to blame for this. When Democrats are in charge and something bad happens, like how could such a bad thing happen in America? How who? I'm not even going to speculate as to who is in charge. Amazing. By the way, speaking of bad covid policy, so.
My favorite thing is when Democrats claim that they are driven by the science. So here is a new standard. So Washington could set a new standard for vaccinations. Now, this should be very easy. The standard for vaccinations should be if you are sixty five, you get one right by age. That's how you should do it. If you are if you are a doctor who is working routinely with covid patients, you should probably also get one. We should not be vaccinating people who work in grocery stores or people who are delivering packages at the same rates that we are vaccinating people who are 65 and older.
And it should be an age based decision. End of story. So what is Washington, D.C. doing being driven by the science entirely Democratic area? How are they actually cranking out the vaccines? According to The Washington Post, the district plans to give priority for cloners coronavirus vaccines to the broadest possible swath of people with pre-existing health conditions, a decision that will make hundreds of thousands eligible for scarce doses of the vaccine. And that, some public health experts say might not make medical sense, might not make medical sense.
Here's what they're actually proposing. OK, you ready for this? The plan would offer vaccines to people whose weight and medical history would not qualify them for early access to the vaccine in almost any states in the country. Apparently, D.C. Health Director Alexandra Nesbitt told members of the D.C. Council last week she decided to open up vaccine access, possibly as soon as February, to such a large group in the hopes of quickly vaccinating anyone. So who what what exactly is the is the cutoff?
The cutoff is you just have to testify that you have any preexisting condition at all. You just put it on your form. You just say that you're a smoker or you've had cancer or heart failure or diabetes or Down's syndrome, OK? These are all chronic conditions or or you have to have a body mass index over twenty five.
OK, just to be clear, a body mass index over twenty five is like everyone, unless you're in pretty good shape, you do not have a body mass index under twenty five. OK, that just means overweight. Overweight is twenty five. Obesity is thirty. I'm in pretty good shape. I work out pretty much every day my body mass index is like 22. OK, so the the bizarre notion that you're going to trash out hundreds of thousands of vaccines to anyone who is slightly overweight as opposed to the will of the people who are elderly and at risk, total craziness.
But of course, the goal here is racial equity above. All right. That is the goal here. Experts like David Cassidy, Johns Hopkins cardiology professor, said some of the conditions the district is including have not been proved, but people at higher risk of complications from covid-19 the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. In terms of body weight, some recommended prioritizing people with BMI over 40 rather than anyone whose weight is above a level considered healthy. I mean, BMI over 40 is severe obesity, BMI over 30 is some risk.
There's no evidence the BMI of twenty five is going to kill you. OK, but again, bad policy doesn't matter. All that matters is the weakness. The weakness is what matters above. OK, well, you may be looking at the state of modern American politics and you may be saying to yourself, you know what, these media, I hope they finally get the message that they actually need to be watchdogs. Right. That was their job.
The objective media. They need to be watchdogs. They can't just be lapdogs. They need to be watchdogs. Right. And the American people actually get it. There's a poll out from Edelman that shows that the American trust in the media is an all time low as well. It should be shared with Axios. Here is what the poll found. Apparently, the trust in traditional media, 46 percent of Americans say they trust traditional media. Presumably they are all Democrats.
Among Republicans, those numbers are abysmal. Only 18 percent of Republicans say they believe journalists after the 20 20 election, which is hard to argue with that. Not sure why you would. The vast majority of members of the American public believe that journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead them. And fifty eight percent think news organizations are more interested in ideology than facts. Fifty seven percent of Democrats trust the media shocker, shocker, I can't believe it.
You mean you trust the media because they tell you exactly what you want to hear all the time. But don't worry, there's no leftist bias in the media. Apparently, Republican trust in traditional media plunged following the 20 20 election, but the truth is that that plunge should have happened much earlier. The Republican belief in the veracity of the media, it found a 15 point drop in media trust among Trunk's Trump supporters. Apparently, about thirty three percent of Republicans used to trust the media.
Now it's only about 18 percent. I'm not sure why anyone trust the media to simply be objective. They simply are not they are not objective in any way, shape or form. And the proof is in the pudding. I mean, every single day I show you clips of members of your esteemed journalistic media who are basically just doing dirty work for the Biden administration or for the Democrats or for the Biden campaign during the campaign. So, for example, here is CNN's Alisyn Camerota, literally asking members of the Biden administration if they will retaliate against the news networks if they lie so well.
Here's CNN asking if the Biden administration is going to target Newsmax, Elhanan and Fox News. Yeah, definitely. I trust CNN absolutely objective. People know no interest here. They are just truth tellers, by the way, that is unconstitutional. The administration has no power to involve itself in these particular debates. Here's Alisyn Camerota pushing it anyway. I heard that as a direct shot at some of the media companies that lied about the election results. We know who they are.
I mean, they're there, know right wing companies. Some are more fringe than others at this point or more, I guess, extreme than others.
And so if they continue to engage in lies, something that he is trying to combat, what is your communications strategy? Will you deny those networks any interviews? I mean, what happens if they revert to form immediately?
So will you punish will you revert to form? Will you tell people that you won't interview with them because CNN doesn't like them? Please, will you do that? I mean, we are the truth tellers here at CNN. Everybody else on the other side, those are not truth tellers at all. CNN is the place you come for your news and also for your for your Kool-Aid from the left side of the aisle. And so the funniest example of this over the past 24 hours, I thought this was hilarious.
So there is a piece. Here is the title. The piece. It's by Margaret Sullivan. Margaret Sullivan is the media columnist for The Washington Post. And she has a piece that is titled I Kid You Not. The media can be glad for the Biden White House's return to normalcy. But let's not be lulled into if I just read you the title, you would think presumably that the piece is going to say to the media, yes, this is more of a return to normalcy.
It's not quite as wild and crazy as the Trump years. Not all about the tweets, but you still have to be watchdogs, right, when you think that's what I mean. That's the title of the piece. Right. The media can be glad for the Biden White House's return to normalcy, but let's not be lulled wrong. Margaret Sullivan says, let's not be lulled. Let's not be lulled into covering them with a harsh glare. I have to read it to you because it is just so indicative of the mindset of the media, the media believe they were too hard on Obama, too hard on Hillary.
That's why they got Trump. And the lesson of the Trump years is not that you should be aggressive with the White House in power. The lesson of the Trump years is that you should only be aggressive with people you disagree with politically. That is what Margaret Sullivan, the media columnist for The Washington Post, writes. Here's here's her take on it. You ready? White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was prepared. She was professional. She was non combative, and she didn't peddle a whopper of the lie the way Sean Spicer did on day one four years ago with his alternative facts about the supposedly record breaking size of the inaugural crowd.
The first official words by President Biden spokeswoman included truth and transparency. Rebuilding trust with the American people will be central to our focus, the former State Department spokeswoman told a small group of socially distance reporters as she promised a return to daily briefings. In fact, Wednesday night's session with reporters, the first of the Biden administration was so normal, so weirdly normal, that you could be forgiven for thinking you had mistakenly put on an old episode of The West Wing.
My favorite thing about that is that she's touting the West Wing as like the way politics should work. It was a fantasy show written by Aaron Sorkin on behalf of Democrats. That's the way the reality I wish that reality was just the best. I yes, I'm sure you do. I'm sure you do. The return to normalcy is wonderfully welcome after the horrors of the past four years. It's like running into a friend you haven't seen in four years.
Well, Columbia University journalism professor William Gruskin.
OK, so here's where you think that the article is going to turn right, because here's what she says, it's also potentially dangerous. OK, now here's where you think it's going to make the turn. Here's where he thinks she's going to say, yes, it's a return to normal, but we can't be lulled into a false sense of security. We still have to hold people in power accountable.
Nope, nope. That is not what she is going to say. She is going to say the opposite. Here we go. The national press battered by four years of abuse by the president and by the incompetence and falsehoods of his spokespeople is in a precarious position position. We run the risk of being seduced by an administration that in many peoples in many cases closely reflects our values, multiculturalism, a belief in the principles of liberal democracy, a kind of wonky idealism.
So she's openly admitting, by the way, that the media and Biden are the same. Right. And she says the commentary from TV broadcasters across the board all day long was at times embarrassingly complimentary. Maybe that time for a day or two, while everyone takes a few sighs of relief that democracy has survived its stress test. But soon, I'd guess, another normal return, the desire to appear combative and to blow things out of proportion to demonstrate toughness.
She's chiding the media before they do it with being too combative with Biden after they basically provided him sexual favors on the day of the inauguration. That's what Margaret Sullivan is doing here. She says, you know what, you guys, we spent the last 48 hours celebrating with Biden and treating Biden with kid gloves. And, you know, we have to be really careful here not to stop treating with kid gloves. Because journalists pride themselves as Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for The Washington Post.
I'm being tough and objective. They like to take an adversarial seeming approach, especially to the party in power or the candidate with whom they most identify. And of course, actually holding power to account is the most important job journalists have. It's what we're here for. But there's a difference between truly holding power to account and grandstanding. It's the latter that gave rise to ridiculous dustups, like the one over President Barack Obama's wearing of a tan suit, not to mention the vast and shameful overplaying of the Hillary Clinton email scandal during the 2016 campaign.
The national media says Margaret Sullivan should show toughness but of a different sort. If they've learned the lessons of the past four years, and I confess, I have my doubts they'll do things differently. They will resist false equivalency. For example, they'll think twice before they put a reality denying senator like Ted Cruz or Josh Howley on the air. They will clearly call that lies. They will identify racism or white supremacy by using plain language instead of euphemism.
It's just it's amazing. This is amazing. So the media have gone into full blown a full blown Best Little Whorehouse in Texas mode and Margaret Sullivan is like, yes, but but could we add some services on top of that to really make sure that we are doing our job here? You know, the last thing we need is for you to even pretend to do your job. The real problem here is you're probably gonna start going soft on Republicans.
That's probably the big problem here. So let's go harder on Republicans and let's not cover any of the things that I mean, do you know how in the bubble you have to be to believe this? These folks have decided beforehand and preordain fashion, the Biden administration is transparent, wonderful, factual, and the biggest risk is that you will create a false equivalency between people who disagree with Biden and Biden, because, of course, we all know on an objective level that Biden is wonderful and amazing and truly spectacular.
They're just they're just fanboys, they should just write fanzines, everything the media write these days. And I think honestly, since the Obama era, everything that they write is essentially just In Touch magazine about these folks. It's incredible. It's incredible. And meanwhile, I look forward to a return of non comedy. We'll get to that in just one sec. Remember that time that comedians were funny? Yeah, and me neither. It's been a while.
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Here's the problem. It really wasn't Trump that killed comedy. It really was Obama who killed comedy. As soon as Barack Obama was elected in 2008 and took office in 2009, the media declared that he was off limits. Are comedy specialists decide the comedy thing was over? I mean, you literally couldn't make fun of them. There was nothing funny about Barack Obama. Now, on a purely objective level, that is just not true. Barack Obama was hilarious.
He was hilarious. I mean, the man thought that he was just a messianic figure, descended from the heavens to teach all of us about what it meant to be the best kind of human. And the media agreed with and it was really funny, like on an objective level, Barack Obama, God figure, going over twenty two on the basketball court, kind of funny looking like Barack Obama jetting off in the middle of crisis to go hang out with celebrities.
Kind of funny. There's a lot that was funny that was going on during the Obama administration, but not to comedians because they were too busy worshipping. And you can't make fun of things that you worship. It's very difficult for people to do that. And religious people tend not to mock their gods. OK, and and these folks are religious. Well, then it became OK, well, we won't actually mock Trump. We're just going to yell at him.
They were so angry at Trump that they couldn't even be funny about Trump. It was mostly just he's a very bad man. It was like a sputtering rage that came from the comedians. Well, now we're going to revert back to the Obama years, except it's going to be Joe Biden. So Joe Biden, who is legitimately one of the funniest people to ever be president of the United States now, because he means to be funny, but because he cannot spew four sentences without mixing himself up and walking into a wall like that's funny.
OK, they were able to make fun of Gerald Ford, one of the most athletic presidents in American history, for being kind of doddering. But Joe Biden, who's 78 years old, cannot string together a coherent thought. That's not funny at all. It's not funny at all. In fact, what we need from our comedians most of all is to be the priests of the new world religion. And that is what they do. So here we have Stephen Colbert, Stephen Colbert explaining this is what comedians do now.
They explain to us how much they cry comedies over again. It's dead. It ain't coming back. None of these conditions. There is no such thing as it is a comedy routine that exists in the world of wackiness because everything is just too puritan. Here is Stephen Colbert being hilarious by explaining how much he cried when Joe Biden won the presidency. By the way, Stephen Colbert's life was so rough under Donald Trump. I mean, all he did was leap to the top of the ratings despite being utterly unfunny and making a bazillion dollars.
What would a rough life he had under Trump? I mean, every day he was under threat of making more money. It was really, really difficult for Stephen Colbert. But now Stephen Colbert, he's weeping tears of joy. Weeping tears of joy, listen, when Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton, I didn't weep, tears of joy. I left my ass off. It was really funny. OK, there's tape of me doing it like it has several million views of me just laughing hysterically, because that's really, really funny.
Stephen Colbert hasn't laughed in several years and it shows instead we must cry along with him. He is, by the way, is on the cover of Vanity Fair holding a dove or something this month. Our comedy specialists are no longer in the business of comedy. Here's a here's a non comedian and comedian. The inauguration was a joyful occasion, like I do it most happy things, I cried a lot. It was true.
It was extremely emotional and not entirely in the way that I expected, because I have to tell you, I have zero gloat in me. There is no end zone dance here. What I feel is enormous relief watching the inauguration today, I recognize just how worried I've been for my country.
Wow. Oh. Oh no. He wasn't being funny. I honestly can't tell the difference. I can't tell the difference in when he was trying to be funny, when he's not trying to be funny. Also another person who used to be funny, but now it's just a joke. Pope Jimmy Kimmel, he he emerged wearing his his black non turtleneck, his long sleeve black shirt here to to explain to all of us that, you know, this.
It's like a magical, magical day. Now, this is actually supposed to be a funny line, but I'm wondering how like where is that? Where how? Here's Jimmy Kimmel. Explain the humor. Joseph Rapunzel.
Biden is our forty sixth president. It feels like I have to imagine this is what it feels like when the oncologist calls and tells you the tumor is benign. You know, I remember going back to the day Trump was inaugurated such a a terrible day and wondering, can our country even survive four years of this? And now we know the answer. Not really, just barely. But we made it. Mara Lardo left town bright and early this morning, so.
Oh, my God. Well, the quality of that writing, I mean, those are the kind of jokes that are only surpassed by the jokes that you find on the handle of the popsicle stick. That's pretty much it. Well done, I will say that that the last 12 years have killed comedy, they have killed objective journalism. There's not a lot left in terms of our institutions and our fun and everything seems like sort of a bland gray going on from here, does it not?
It is just it is just boredom and annoyance stamping on the on the American face forever. That is it. That is the future of the country. Oh, yeah. And also bad policy. So Ezra Klein has now moved over to The New York Times after turning Vox into a place that ostracizes everybody of dissenting views so bad that Matthew Yglesias had to leave and found his own substance. Now, Ezra Klein has been rewarded with a slot over at The New York Times, where he has a podcast, and also he has an opinion piece because The New York Times, like no one who has voted for Trump, will ever be allowed to write for The New York Times like ever, ever, ever again.
It's not going to happen. The most right wing person at The New York Times right now is Ross Douthat. And that's because he's sort of iconoclastic and because he is not super Trumpy, but he's also kind of in favor of man like Ross's column. But Ross is not easy to pin down in in sort of traditional conservative ways. And the the other columnists aren't like the most right wing columnist after that is Bret Stephens, who hates Trump with a fiery passion of a thousand suns.
Right. So you've got Ezra Klein over at The New York Times. Here is his pitch for what Democrats should do next. Remember, this is the era of unity. It's the time of good feelings, right. So Ezra Klein's pitches, let's kill the filibuster and just ram through a bunch of crap. Let's do it. Let's do it. Ezra Klein says that what we need is we need a massive spending bill. We need at one point nine trillion dollar rescue plan that Biden is pushing.
We need a for the People Act, which is a wild rewriting of how voting is done in the United States. We need a revision of immigration. But, says Ezra Klein, none of these bills will pass the Senate in which the filibuster forces 60 vote majorities on routine legislation. That clarifies the real question Democrats face. They have plenty of ideas that could improve people's lives and strengthen democracy. But they have repeatedly proven themselves more committed to preserving the status quo of the political system than fulfilling their promises to voters.
Wait, hold on a second. Let me just read that. Let me read that sentence one more time, because if you think that it's just authoritarians on the right, who are the threat, let me read that sentence to you one more time. Remember, we were told that the threat of authoritarians is people who care more about outcome than they do about the norms, care more about outcome than they do about the institutions of our democracy. Right.
That was the entire pitch here, as Ezra Klein in the pages of The New York Times remember, well intentioned, good hearted, liberal as here it is. I'm going to read it slowly. You understand what he's saying? Democrats have repeatedly proven themselves more committed to preserving the status quo of the political system than fulfilling their promises to voters. They have preferred the false piece of decorum to the true progress of democracy. There it is. Our institutions must be raised and Democrats must push for all the things American likes.
Otherwise they might lose elections and we wouldn't want that to happen. If they choose that path again, they will lose their majority in twenty, twenty two and they will deserve it. Break all of the institutions of democracy in order to save democracy, guys. I mean, what have I heard that before. I've heard that before. Oh yeah. From every authoritarian ever. All we have to do is just overrun all the institutions and we can do all the things you want us to do.
Very, very exciting stuff. It, by the way, is that that perspective is how we got to this idiotic form of government that we currently experience in which basically all the government is is Congress as a vestigial organ that occasionally passes omnibus packages worth trillions of dollars and mostly government is just president ping ponging back and forth executive orders. Obama does a bunch of executive orders. Then Trump undoes the executive orders and Biden redoes the executive orders. Then whoever comes next undoes those executive orders.
But Ezra Klein wants to break the wheel of history, the way we're going to break the wheel is not by returning power to the legislature in its current form and minimizing the power of the executive. Instead, what it's going to be, they're going to kill the filibuster. We're going to ram through things on a bare majority basis, and then everybody's going to be better. We'll maximize power in the federal government. Probably that will bring everybody together. Oh, goody gumdrops.
Yes, the era of unity has begun feeling unified. Are you. Are you, are you. Yeah, didn't think so. OK, we'll be back here later today with one additional hour of the Ben Shapiro show. In the meantime, go check out the Michael Noles show that is available right now. Apparently, a Republican congressperson has filed articles of impeachment against Biden on the first day in office. Michael, we'll tell you all about it on today's show.
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