On Substack, Washington Examiner media writer T. Becket Adams looks ahead to the “big media sleep” under Biden. Just the quotes from Politico offer plenty of proof.
“This administration will be of the Georgetown dinner variety,” ooze Politico Playbook duo Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman. “A return to briefing books and policymaking by political professionals who aren’t likely to try to burn down the White House over petty disagreements and jockeying to get in the good graces of the president.”
Translation: “A return to policymaking by political pros who won’t try to burn down the White House with anonymous leaking against the president, since the press no longer hates the president with a white-hot intensity.” On the other hand, leakers are always leaking to get in someone’s good graces, either the president or the leak recipients in the press.
Palmer and Sherman added this quip, which they liked so much they each posted it on Twitter: “In other words, if the Trump White House was like downing a vat of Tabasco sauce over the past four years, the Biden White House will be like sipping unflavored almond milk.”
They’re also skipping that the liberal media WANTED their audience to be red-hot disturbed by Trump, and WANT their audience to settle in for a bedtime story under Biden.
Adams brought readers back to the reality of Obama-Biden:
It is as if they have forgotten that Joe Biden was the vice president for all eight years of the Obama administration, when scandals and body counts were aplenty. It seems they have likewise forgotten that many of Biden’s current and likely administration picks also worked for an administration that droned U.S. citizens, spied on U.S. citizens, and created power vacuums across the Middle East, including the one that led to the rise of the Islamic State.
Also at Politico, Eric Geller marveled as Biden’s allies engaged in a coordinated messaging campaign on behalf of the new cabinet picks: “It’s really weird to see this kind of calm, rational, coordinated messaging again.”
Calm and coordinated messaging on all the best human qualities of the new Democratic team is at work in Politico’s report on Antony Blinken, the likely next U.S. secretary of state: “Those who know Blinken describe him with words like ‘polished,’ ‘smooth,’ and ‘kind,’ and often add that he plays the guitar well.”
Joe Wulfsohn at Fox News also noticed this picking-and-grinning trend among journalists:
“Hard to think of a more different personality from Pompeo than the ever-calm, courteous, europhile, guitar-strumming Blinken,” AFP News Agency correspondent Shaun Tandon reacted to the news.
“On Tony Blinken as SoS: ‘Chief among his new priorities will be to re-establish the United States as a trusted ally that is ready to rejoin global agreements and institutions.’ Also, guitars,” New York Times correspondent Edward Wong wrote.
The Financial Times tweeted, “When Joe Biden enters office in January, his closest foreign policy adviser will be a guitar-playing Beatles fanatic who first started promoting American values as a high-school student in Paris during the cold war.”