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How hatred of Trump undermined journalism

When the debate made Biden’s mental condition no longer possible to cover up, the media had to immediately pivot to cover up their cover-up.

Former President Donald Trump, the 2024 Republican presidential candidate, participates in the CNN Presidential Debate at the CNN Studios in Atlanta on June 27, 2024. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.
Former President Donald Trump, the 2024 Republican presidential candidate, participates in the CNN Presidential Debate at the CNN Studios in Atlanta on June 27, 2024. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.
DAVID SUISSA Editor-in-Chief Tribe Media/Jewish Journal (Israeli American Council)
David Suissa
David Suissa is editor-in-chief and publisher of Tribe Media Corp and Jewish Journal. He can be reached at davids@jewishjournal.com.

The biggest media cover-up of modern times is being covered up, and hardly anyone is saying a word.

Imagine if a Republican president had been showing signs of mental decline over several years, but his inner circle aggressively denied it and discouraged the media from poking into it. Do you really think the same legacy journalists who went after former President Donald Trump with a vengeance on everything from Russian collusion to irregular accounting would have ignored signs of possible dementia?

Not a chance.

And yet, that is precisely what they did for years with U.S. President Joe Biden. As this truth is now becoming more and more obvious, why are we seeing so little outrage at this historic example of journalistic malpractice?

Because the cover-up is being covered up.

You see, the guilty media want us to believe that they themselves were duped by a sinister White House cover-up. They want us to believe that the signs of Biden’s decline were so invisible they didn’t even warrant the most basic level of investigative journalism.

They want us to believe they first saw this mental decline at Biden’s woeful debate with Trump, which is why they’ve been in meltdown ever since.

They’ve been in meltdown, however, not because they finally saw the truth about Biden’s mental state but because of another, more dangerous truth: This widely exposed version of Biden is likely to put Trump back in the White House, a scenario so unacceptable anything must be done to prevent it.

Up until the debate debacle, the thinking was that if the media protected Biden while bashing a legally compromised Trump, even a diminished version of Biden could take the Dems over the finish line. For these Trump-hating journalists, the ends of no Trump justified the means of hiding a declining Biden.

“The media were in on it,” Washington Times columnist Tim Murtaugh writes. “They helped cover up President Biden’s dramatic cognitive decline and gaslit Americans regarding his mental and physical condition.”

Of course, when the debate made this mental condition no longer possible to cover up, the media had to immediately pivot to cover up their cover-up. That’s why all we’ve been hearing from them is that Biden must be replaced, and the many ways this might happen.

The last thing they want us to talk about is their own responsibility for this debacle.

“The Biden White House clearly succeeded in a massive cover-up of the degree of the president’s feebleness and his serious physical decline,” former executive editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson said to the news outlet Semafor. “Shame on the White House press corps for not [having] pierced the veil of secrecy surrounding the president.”

Shame indeed. But how does Abramson explain such blatant malpractice? As Murtaugh reports, Abramson has the courage to say what everyone’s thinking but is afraid to say.

“I worry that too many journalists didn’t try to get the story because they did not want to be accused of helping elect Donald Trump,” she said.

Think about that. Professional journalists stayed away from the mental decline of the leader of the free world because they didn’t want to be accused, God forbid, of helping someone from the other team.

Abramson reminds us that there are goals in mainstream journalism today that come before the search for the most vital truths, and at the very top is the imperative of taking down the devil Trump.

For years, that imperative came before investigating and divulging the truth about a president’s decline, and today, it comes before the ethical obligation to fess up to that inexcusable cover-up.

Both the cover-up and the cover-up of the cover-up, then, have been driven by the same impulse—the political need to take down one man.

That may be appropriate for activists and lobbyists, but for journalists and their profession, it is a day of immense shame. In the interest of redeeming the truth that sets us free, the last thing we ought to do now is cover up the cover-up of the cover-up.

Originally published by the Jewish Journal.

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