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Media ramps up campaign to get Biden out of debates, offering various excuses other than their candidate’s failing mind

By Tony Cox | RT | August 4, 2020

Media outlets from the New York Times to CNN to Newsweek have offered Joe Biden various reasons over the past several days to skip debates with President Donald Trump. None mentions Biden’s fading ability to speak coherently.

A New York Times opinion piece Monday suggested that presidential debates should be scrapped altogether because they’ve “never made sense as a test for presidential leadership.”

We didn’t need the debates to tell us that Trump had chosen to be the P.T. Barnum of American politics. For him, it was (and still is) all about the show, about distracting the public from reality.

CNN political analyst Joe Lockhart, formerly press secretary for President Bill Clinton, wrote last week that it would be “a fool’s errand to enter the ring with someone who can’t follow the rules or tell the truth.”

“Biden will undoubtedly take heat from Republicans and the media for skipping the debates. But it’s worth the risk as trying to debate someone incapable of telling the truth is an impossible contest to win.”

Newsweek noted Saturday that supporters are urging Biden to avoid the debates for various reasons, such as “Trump is not a legitimate candidate” and debates are “outdated political rituals.”

There have been similar stories in the past couple of months, including a July 7 New York Times column suggesting that Biden participate in the debates only if Trump releases his tax returns to the public and agrees to have real-time fact checkers report on misleading statements during the events.

But the calls for Biden to cancel the debates are growing louder and more frequent as the battles draw nearer – three presidential debates are scheduled to be held from September 29 to October 22 – and as the Democrat candidate’s cognitive struggles continue and possibly worsen.

Biden has made a series of infamous gaffes, such as welcoming his audience to the wrong place, then trying to pass it off as a joke, when he gave a speech last week in his home state of Delaware. When he is able to string a sentence clearly together, the message is often puzzling, such as “We choose truth over facts,” or “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.” Biden also has invented such tales as being arrested in South Africa and a war story that the Washington Post found to be false in “almost every detail.” Biden claimed in February to have negotiated the 2016 Paris Climate Accord with Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping. The problem was, Deng died in 1997.

Mainstream media outlets don’t talk about concerns over the 77-year-old Biden’s mental acuity when wishing the debates away. In fact, they feign confidence in their candidate’s ability to perform well in a battle of words with Trump. The New York Times piece saying that debates should be ended said, “This, by the way, isn’t written out of any concern that Donald Trump will prevail over Joe Biden in the debates; Mr. Biden has done just fine in a long stretch of such contests. The point is that ‘winning’ a debate, however assessed, should be irrelevant, as are the debates themselves.”

CNN, the same network now opining that Biden should skip the debates, did a “fact check” article in June saying that Trump had falsely claimed Biden was trying to get out of the debates. Biden didn’t have to beg out of the debates. The media was prepared to do it for him.

It’s no wonder that conservatives aren’t buying the press’s explanations. “As predicted, the media effort to help Joe Biden get himself out of debating Trump is now in full swing,” an account named Reagan Battalion said Monday on Twitter. Radio host Ben Shapiro said, “’Let’s just wheel Joe Biden into the Oval Office on a gurney’ is a hell of a campaign slogan.”

Trump, who’s trailing in the polls, may be counting on the debates to help turn the tide against Biden. Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, said the president wants more debates with Biden and for the events to take place sooner, before early voting begins.

By Tony Cox is a US journalist who has edited or written for Bloomberg and several major daily newspapers.

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  1. It wont matter who wins the next election. Nothing will change. The Military Industrial Complex will still be in complete control, and the Politicians will carry on their charade as if they are in control. There will be more wars, more dead American soldiers, and an escalating National Debt, that will have to be paid off eventually by the Tax Payers, while the Corporations will contribute NOTHING to the Tax Revenue, by using Tax Havens……….

    “Politicians are the Entertainment Division of the Military Industrial Complex”…..Frank Zappa.

    One day, the American people will wake up…..But, until then, nothing will change.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | August 3, 2020 | Reply

  2. Democrats openly DEMONSTRATE the REVOLTING ABUSE OF THE ELDERLY, MENTALY DECLINING BIDEN. He would not know :) However, they feel that somehow the majority of idiots in our country who cannot learn or even understand what is happening to themselves, what people do and say, these very idiots, elementary school dropouts, would be happy not to watch any debates !!! Too much mental work!! -They made up their cooked minds: “Biden just like us! He takes his precedence place in his basement. And we… Let’s take what We Want!”


    Comment by novatown | August 3, 2020 | Reply

  3. Biden and Trump are mirror-emblematic of the trouble with America: two lousy choices between two lousy (duopoly) parties. With each election cycle, the quality of candidates declines commensurate with the worsening of the duopoly’s quality along with total abrogation of the promise “by the people, for the people, of the people.” For me, it’s third party — deliberately made difficult-to-impossible to stand up — or nothing.

    We, the people, have been had: by the Zionists (financial/govt/media chokehold, the Ziomonster so-called Israel sucking our oxygen and moral standing…), by greedy/venal pols, by military adventurism, by diplomatic malfeasance….

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    Comment by roberthstiver | August 4, 2020 | Reply

    • “We, the people, have been had: by the Zionists (financial/govt/media chokehold, the Ziomonster so-called Israel sucking our oxygen and moral standing…), by greedy/venal pols, by military adventurism, by diplomatic malfeasance….”

      AND, it is SO Blatantly Obvious, but “The People” swallow the same rubbish, every time, as if it is all Legitimate….

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by brianharryaustralia | August 4, 2020 | Reply

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