Also, does this seem like normal journalism?: We just watched the Biden-Harris event. After that, we watched the entirety of Donald J. Trump's astounding press event.
Equally astounding was the press corps' reliable, astounding incompetence. Tomorrow, we'll show you some of the questions they asked.
For now, let's go with two peculiar behaviors:
At roughly 4:53 PM, right before Biden and Harris appeared, Maria Teresa Kumar made this comment on MSNBC. She was describing press corps behavior in the run-up to the selection of Harris:
"The press corps was trying to tell Kamala Harris that she was too ambitious."
As you can see from the many links in this morning's report, that's an astonishing statement. It does help illustrate one of our most basic findings, derived from twenty-two years at this task:
Almost everything said by upper-end pundits comes live and direct from Script.From there, we turn to a simple question about this morning's New York Times:
Among this morning's letters to the editor, the Times included a very peculiar request.
In print editions, it was a boxed item. Hard-copy headline included, the boxed item read like this:
Your Advice for a No. 2The New York Times is asking its readers to compose advice for Harris!
Former Vice President Joe Biden has finally announced his choice of running mate: Senator Kamala Harris of California. What advice would you give her for the campaign—and beyond, if the ticket is elected?
Please submit no more than 150 words. We plan to publish a sampling later.
Include your name, city, state and contact information, and put “veep” in the subject line.
Does that seem like a normal journalistic request? To our ear, the answer is no.