Reporters Blame Right-Wing Media For Ignoring Biden’s Cognitive Decline

Some White House reporters have admitted they were hesitant to expose President Joe Biden’s mental decline before last week’s debate due to concerns about aligning with right-wing media narratives, apparently preferring differing with alternative outlets to reporting the truth. Following Biden’s poor debate performance, these reporters have faced criticism for not addressing his cognitive health earlier — which is a nice way of saying that they lied to their readers potentially for years.

Fox News reported that some reporters were “turned off” from investigating Biden’s mental state because it had been a major talking point for conservative outlets. These reporters felt that by addressing the issue, they would be lending credence to what they saw as “bad faith” attacks from the right.

CNN’s report added that some journalists believed right-wing media had shared “deceptively edited clips” of Biden, which made them reluctant to pursue the story. One instance cited was a video from the G7 Summit where Biden appeared to wander off, only to be guided back by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

Since Biden’s debate performance, the mainstream media has faced backlash for what critics see as a cover-up. CNN noted that the right-wing media’s focus on Biden’s cognitive decline played a role in the hesitancy of some reporters to cover the story.

An unnamed reporter told CNN, “The right-wing media was calling him senile from day one, and that wasn’t true. Then whenever you report on the age you were in some ways solidifying, giving credence to some people that were actually of bad faith.”

The legacy media is now being accused of failing to inform the public about Biden’s mental health, with some critics arguing that this lack of coverage has misled voters. The situation has led to increased scrutiny of the media’s role in shaping public perception and its responsibility to report objectively on all candidates, regardless of political bias.

As the debate over Biden’s cognitive health continues, the legacy media faces a difficult challenge in balancing fair reporting with avoiding the spread of misinformation. However, the recent admission by some reporters highlights the complex dynamics at play in covering a sitting president’s health and the influence of partisan media on journalistic decisions.