Like Clockwork, MSNBC and CNN Largely Ignored Possibly Worst Biden Gaffe Ever

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On Wednesday during an event regarding hunger, nutrition, and health, Joe Biden made likely his worst gaffe yet — summoning a recently deceased congresswoman, the late Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN).

“Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie?” asked Biden. “I didn’t think she was going to be here.”

The White House was quick to defend Biden, claiming he didn’t say it because he didn’t know if she was in attendance but rather because Walorski was “top of mind.”

Mediaite writes:

MSNBC did not cover this inexcusable and embarrassing gaffe whatsoever, while CNN only had two pieces on its website as opposed to also its airwaves.

Had Donald Trump done what Biden did, there would’ve been nonstop coverage on MSNBC and CNN. As Kevin Tober of the right-wing media watchdog Media Research Center (where I was an intern) wrote, NBC, CBS and ABC’s nightly newscasts omitted the disturbing moment.

But one need not imagine how it would have gone down. In 2019, then-President Trump referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as “Tim Apple.” MSNBC had CNN covered the hiccup on air and Trump changing his story about it. There are countless other examples of gaffes or simple errors being covered as a national security concern.

The job of the media is to hold those in power accountable. While Hurricane Ian deserves most of the coverage at the moment, there is no excuse to not covering on air what was a horrific error for which the White House has refused to apologize. CNN and MSNBC should have had that gaffe “on top of mind.”


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