Canada Are the American media too soft on Joe Biden?
Biden makes closing pitch to TV viewers — without Trump's interruptions
After a cacophonous debacle in the first presidential debate, American voters were given a chance on Thursday to watch, without interruption, the candidates vying for high office. Joe Biden and Donald Trump each had their own prime-time slot in town hall events on competing television networks. The bizarre scene was triggered by an unusual turn of events, featuring a dispute over the debate format precipitated by Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis. ItJoe Biden and Donald Trump each had their own prime-time slot in town hall events on competing television networks.
Polite questions, tendency to restraint, rare criticism of a campaign with restricted access: Joe Biden is less heckled by journalists than Donald Trump, recognize several media specialists, some justifying this shift by the methods they consider dangerous of the Republican president.
The "Hunter Biden affair", which evokes a supposed link between the former vice-president president and a Ukrainian company suspected of corruption, occupied a significant part of the media space last week. But Joe Biden wasn't asked about the matter for the first time until two and a half days later, and he immediately brushed off the issue.
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The next day, the Democratic candidate did not speak to the media which follow him on a daily basis. And on Sunday, he only answered one question ... about the scent of his milkshake.
"Question of the day for Joe Biden," tweeted Jonathan Martin, New York Times political reporter, "Are you hiding this week because you only want to answer questions about milkshakes?"
Tuesday, Joe Biden announced to put his campaign on hiatus to prepare for the last presidential debate, scheduled for Thursday.
For months, access to the Democratic candidate's campaign has been very limited: only about twenty national or international media can closely follow his campaign, officially due to a pandemic.
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Surprising no one, the latest edition of "SNL" began with a parody of the week's most talked-about politics moment, the dueling town halls by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Obviously, the cold open sketch featured an appearance by Jim Carrey as Biden, joined by Alec Baldwin once again playing Trump. The joke: They presented the debates as they presumably were watched by a great many people — clicking back and forth between them.
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"It would be logical for journalists covering the campaign to be frustrated by the fact that they are not given much information (...) and that there is no real daily access to the candidate, "remarks Richard Benedetto, former White House correspondent for the USA Today daily.
However, the protests remained isolated.
"If I am a candidate and I realize that I can get by without getting involved in too many subjects or answering too many questions, (...) why not continue?", Asks Richard Benedetto, now professor at American University.
Critics go beyond the Hunter Biden affair, and the circle of conservative media and columnists who, like Donald Trump, have denounced his coverage.
Last Thursday, the gap seemed glaring between Donald Trump's appearance on NBC, facing a fire of critical questions from journalist Savanah Guthrie, and that of the Democratic candidate on ABC, who started with appeased questions from the public .
Are the American media too soft on Joe Biden?
© CHIP SOMODEVILLA Joe Biden answers questions from journalists in New Castle, October 13, 2020 in Delaware Polite questions, tendency to restraint, rare criticism of a campaign with restricted access: Joe Biden is less heckled by journalists than Donald Trump, recognize several media specialists, some justifying this shift by the methods they consider dangerous of the Republican president.
"The questions to Biden were much less impactful than those to Trump," notes Mr. Benedetto. "There is no photo."
In mid-September, the Politico site had already ruled that a similar ABC show, with Donald Trump as a guest, had turned to "hostile interrogation", while Joe Biden was entitled, in a theoretically identical format on CNN, to "what looked like a reunion with old friends".
"For me, the question is not so much the leniency of the media towards Biden as their aggressiveness in their coverage of President Trump," said Grant Reeher, professor of political science at Syracuse University. "You often get the impression that the media is supporting" Joe Biden, he said.
In fact, most of the major American dailies, which traditionally support one candidate or the other, support Joe Biden. The editor of the New York Times, Dean Baquet, also admits to cover him “very aggressively” Donald Trump, even if he says he aims nevertheless for a certain form of “objectivity”.
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Some experts justify a more measured coverage of the Democratic candidate.
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"In normal times, we could put more pressure on a candidate, if (his opponent) behaved normally" but in this case, that "does not seem appropriate", estimates Gabriel Kahn, professor of journalism at the university of Southern California (USC Annenberg).
"When you have a candidate who calls the free press an enemy, refuses to answer direct questions and spreads lies, comparing his media coverage to that of his rival is irrelevant," he says.
"To mention Biden's flaws in a way that would even make them even somewhat comparable to Trump's would be a journalistic fault," wrote Dan Froomkin, editor of the political journalism site Press, at the end of May. Watch.
"But in a normal campaign problems like Biden's would generate a lot more coverage than they are currently receiving," he admitted.
"It is essential that Biden, if he is elected president, does not feel that he is sheltered from the spotlight of the press," warned this journalist with the Washington Post, the Huffington Post and The Intercept.
"The post-Trump period should be about restoring accountability and transparency," he wrote. "And that won't happen with a submissive press."
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