Trump or no Trump, America's press looks in bad shape
Following Donald Trump’s departure from the White House, journalists across America breathed a collective sigh of relief. After four years of feeling “burnt out” by the psychic trauma of Trump’s presidency, now was finally time that they could “get back to normalcy” and report on a “mostly, a normal, sane, empathetic presidential voice. FINALLY”.
The bravery of these indefatigable reporters notwithstanding, it is heartening to see that they are FINALLY ready to get back to the business of reporting. The Fourth Estate’s role in holding the president to account is, after all, one of the core pillars of democracy — so how have they been getting on? Below is a selection of some of the most fearless, agenda-shattering stories that we have seen during Biden’s term in office so far:
Newsweek: ‘Joe Biden, Playing as Luigi, Wins in Mario Kart Race Against Granddaughter at Camp David’ (readers will be relieved to hear that the President’s Secret Service detail made an exception and let him drive)
CNN: ‘Inside the new President’s routine: Oval Office fires and early bedtimes’ (Presidents have a busy schedule and Joe Biden is no different; he’s “often seen carrying a stack of binders or manila folders under one arm” as he returns to his residence by 7 pm)
USA Today: ‘First lady Jill Biden decorates White House lawn with giant hearts for Valentine’s Day’ (Apparently, Jill and Joe “joked about which one loves the other more and kept an eye on their dogs while chatting with reporters” as the First Lady serenaded her husband with heart-shaped messages of “Healing,” “Compassion” and “Hope.” )
I know the last year has been difficult and painful for all of us. I hope Jill’s Valentine’s Day message helped brighten your day. pic.twitter.com/jdEFMSDefm
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 13, 2021
Politico: ‘”It just symbolizes everything”: Bidens bring presidential PDA back to the White House’ (As America passed the 500,000 mark for Covid-related deaths, “Presidential scholars and relationship experts agrees that the first couple’s PDA carries a great deal of unspoken significance for Americans at this particular moment in history.”)
Financial Times: ‘The new codes of White House dressing’ (“In DC, the new president took the oath of office dressed from head to toe in Ralph Lauren, the iconic American designer, in another signal of a return to tradition and bipartisanship.” God bless Ralph Lauren)
Democracy doesn’t die in the darkness, it dies in deference.