WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2023
Morning Joe battles Fox: It wasn't exactly comfort food. It was more of a furious pushback.
We refer to the opening segment of this morning's Morning Joe. Right from the jump, the Morning Joe gang savaged Fox News for what was said, during yesterday's programs, concerning President Biden.
More specifically, concerning President Biden's trip to Hawaii. Concerning what the president said and did while he was there.
Sadly, we're forced to say that the people on Fox got it more right than the people on Morning Joe did. And in our view, it gets even worse:
In our view, the people on Morning Joe were extremely selective in their account of what the people on Fox had said. At issue was the alleged strangeness of President's Biden's remarks while visiting Lahaina on Monday.
Full disclosure! As happenstance had it, we turned on our TV early Monday evening moments after President Biden had started his first set of remarks about the recent wildfire disaster.
CNN was airing his remarks live; MSNBC and Fox were not. As we watched his remarks on CNN, we became even more concerned about the president's hopes for re-election next year.
For the official White House transcript of that first set of remarks, you can just click here. These are the open-air remarks the president made at the Lahaina Banyan Tree Park.
As we watched the president make that first set of remarks, we didn't realize that his presentation had just begun. But uh-oh:
Not unlike the loudmouths on Fox, we thought the president's extended self-reference demonstrated very poor judgment. We were even more concerned by the halting, fumbling way he delivered those remarks.
Hawaii's two senators stood at his side, as did first ladt Jill Biden. Full disclosure:
His performance struck us as embarrasingly bad. We actually thought that the others might be on the verge of walking away from the podium.
About two hours later, the president delivered a second set of remarks, this time at the Lahaina Civic Center. In our view, his extensive act of self-reference was even weirder on this occasion. For the White House transcript, click this.
Yesterday, the loudmouths were screaming about this on Fox. All in all, we thought their assessment of Biden's pair of formal statements was pretty much on target.
Inevitably, they threw in several other complaints which may have been total confections. (Example: At one point, he even seemed to fall asleep!)
This morning, the Morning Joe gang attacked the Foxsters for those phony, confected critiques. But they failed to mention the more substantive complaints about the president's allegedly "tone deaf" comments.
Below, we'll link you to some news reports and opinion pieces about the president's remarks. For ourselves, we'll only say this:
As we watched the president's first set of remarks, we feared the outcome of next year's election as we've never feared it before.
We began to wonder if President Biden will be able to make it through the next year as a candidate for re-election. In our view, his second set of remarks that day turned out to be weirder still.
Early this morning, we were surprised to see the guest host on Way Too Early defending Biden against the less substantial attacks on Fox.
We were further surprised to see the Morning Joe gang open their show by taking the same approach, while failing to mention the stronger critiques we had seen made on Fox.
As we watched Joe and Mika declaim in this selective manner, it seemed to us that we've finally reached the point where our so-called "cable news" has become Complete Total Tribal Propaganda. Meanwhile, in a related point:
Can President Biden get re-elected next year?
Early Monday evening, we watched the president speak in real time, before any punditry had begun. When we watched him make his first set of remarks, we worried about next year's election as we've never worried before.
They played it dumb on today's Morning Joe. Our political world is in near total meltdown. Is it possible that our polarized, pseudo-journalistic world is in even worse shape?
All the president's comments: What did President Biden do or say that seemed to be "tone deaf?"
We'll remind you that, as a matter of politics, his halting delivery worried us even more than his self-referential remarks. That said, we'll start you with Newsweek's account of the matter:
Business Insider discussed Biden's performance under this headline:
Biden told Maui wildfire survivors that he can relate, citing a small fire he had in his kitchen in 2004
The National Review was somewhat scathing, thought we can't really say they were wrong:
Here's the way the headlines have looked over at Fox News:
Biden blasted for comparing kitchen fire in his home to devastating Maui blaze: 'Absolutely disgusting'
Your lizard brain is going to tell you to ignore what's being said at Fox. In our view, Morning Joe was whistling past the graveyard this morning, conning us as they went.