Media was in on it: Reporters turned on president only when the lie became impossible to sustain



The former executive editor of The New York Times gave away the game: The media were in on it.

They helped cover up President Biden’s dramatic cognitive decline and gaslit Americans regarding his mental and physical condition.

In case you just returned from Earth 2, where Mr. Biden is crushing everyone at pickleball, the real Mr. Biden manifested as a confused and tired old man in the first debate of the presidential campaign against Donald Trump on June 27. The media reacted with shock, as if they hadn’t seen any hint of this previously.

In remarks to the news outlet Semafor, former New York Times boss Jill Abramson gently chided the media for not reporting that Mr. Biden was cognitively impaired before he demonstrated it for all the world to see.

“The Biden White House clearly succeeded in a massive cover-up of the degree of the president’s feebleness and his serious physical decline, which may be simply the result of old age,” Ms. Abramson said. “Shame on the White House press corps for not [having] pierced the veil of secrecy surrounding the president.”

But then she let out the truth while apparently failing to realize how big her admission was.

“I worry that too many journalists didn’t try to get the story because they did not want to be accused of helping elect Donald Trump,” she said.

And there you have it.

That’s a political decision, not a journalistic one. And that makes them campaign operatives, not reporters.

But the worst part is that she gave them a pass on concealing stories to protect one side.

“I get that,” she said.

But then, after offering that absolution, she still pretended that everyone was unaware of what had happened when Mr. Biden unraveled.

“It is simply astounding for the entire country, including its most seasoned reporters, to be as shocked as everyone was by the ugly and painful reality of Biden’s debate performance,” Ms. Abramson said.

But millions of Americans weren’t shocked, because they’d seen enough of Mr. Biden to have suspicions. And many White House reporters who frequently see the president shouldn’t have been surprised either.

Former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein, famous for helping to topple President Richard Nixon, finally decided it was OK to say something detrimental about Mr. Biden. On CNN, he told Anderson Cooper that people close to the president say they’ve seen him many times in various states of befuddlement.

“There have been 15, 20 occasions in the last year and a half when the president has appeared somewhat as he did in that horror show that we witnessed,” Mr. Bernstein said. “And what’s so significant is the people that this is coming from, and also how many people around the president are aware of such incidents, including some reporters, incidentally, who have witnessed some of them.”

All journalists who have been present when Mr. Biden exhibited incoherence, memory lapses or prolonged breaks with the world around him and who did not report what they had seen because they were protecting their favored candidate ought to resign from journalism immediately.

So should any reporter who dutifully parroted the obvious White House lie that Mr. Biden appeared doddering in videos only because they’d been deceptively edited by Republicans?

And every journalist who tried to shame and silence anyone who ever questioned Mr. Biden’s health should never be awarded a byline again.

All of them rolled the dice. White House staff, Biden campaign staff and national news media.

They were gambling that Mr. Biden could make it through this debate and the next one and get past the challenges he’d face between now and Election Day without figuratively or literally face-planting in public.

They lost that bet, and the media quickly calculated that the charade could not continue. So they have viciously turned on Mr. Biden and disingenuously demanded to know how he could have deceived them all.

Except they weren’t deceived. They were in on it. They’re just mad that Mr. Biden let them down, exposing them all.

It shouldn’t be surprising, because it’s what they do. If Mr. Trump is on one side of an issue, they pick the other.

Mr. Biden isn’t addled; he’s sharp.

He’s not confused; the videos are “cheapfakes.”

COVID-19 didn’t come from a Chinese lab; it originated naturally.

Hunter’s laptop isn’t authentic; it’s Russian misinformation.

In this case, they didn’t just get the story wrong; they lied about it and tried to hide the fact that the president is functional for only a sliver of each day, at best.

They knew the truth about Mr. Biden but decided you shouldn’t.

And that’s why you should never trust them again.

• Tim Murtaugh is a Washington Times columnist, a communications consultant, the co-host of the “Line Drive Podcast,” and the author of the Amazon bestselling book “Swing Hard in Case You Hit It: My Escape From Addiction and Shot at Redemption on the Trump Campaign.” This column first ran in the Washington Times.


  1. This isn’t news. This has been obvious since Biden’s campaign from his basement in 2020. Indeed, it should be clear that the Biden/Trump debate the other day agreed upon by the Biden campaign had to be a soft coup from within his own camp. They had to know what the result would be. Think about how terrifying that is: his own campaign staff want him out of the race……..and maybe out of the Oval Office before January.
    This nation had better wake up fast. Our adversaries and allies are watching this incredible show play out.

  2. I don’t blame the media – they are just following their marching orders from the Deep State.
    I blame the mindless, soulless, ghouls who actually believed the Propaganda from the MSM and Social Media.
    Then again, Covid taught me a lot about ignorant populations being controlled by a propaganda apparatus.
    Frightening, really

    • “I don’t blame the media”
      I disagree. The “media” are not some robot army that unquestioningly does whatever the input is. They are individuals, who made a conscious choice to put their preferred ideology above the country and rob their fellow Americans of the opportunity to make an informed decision. They omitted, twisted and deceived to push the narrative and drown out or malign those, who questioned it. They were charged with reporting facts and letting all make a choice, yet they did not. While the press has always manipulated the news to some extend, here they knowingly handed the fate of the country over to the men behind the curtain, pulling the strings of the proverbial Manchurian candidate. When you do not have all the facts, it is difficult to make a decision. Now they have been exposed, they try to reclaim the very credibility they sold for 30 pieces of silver…..

  3. The American Main Stream media has been a tool to support the totalitarian state fake narratives and election manipulations for over 30 years. Which is why sites like MRAK who publish strait up news and tolerate honest discussions are valuable. Aside from the well known utter corruption and incompetence of Biden before the last election, it was obvious he was already incoherent. The concern is why has Congress and the Senate pretended Biden has been sufficiently cogent to hold the presidency and aided in the cover up to use against their constituents?

  4. Why is this such a startling revelation? The media has lied about Joe’s health, Covid, the vaccines, the border, illegal migrants, crime, homelessness, and climate change to name a few. Did you expect different behavior?

  5. If anyone uses CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBS, PBS, and Facebook, Tik tok, etc as their primary news sources – YOU are the problem.
    Wasn’t it exposed, for the country to see, that the CIA, the FBI, CDC, the White House, etc direct/shield/censor/obfuscate/misinfo-disinfo the truth and reality during the global Covid psyop???
    Elon Musk exposed that reality for all the world to see.

  6. They called us conspiracy theorists because we looked at the facts and thought for ourselves instead of following blindly like sheep to the slaughter.

  7. Both Trump and Biden are in cognitive decline. Both GB and France have rejected far right candidates, any number of Democrats would whip Trump on a policy debate.

    • I don’t doubt that both Trump and Biden are in cognitive decline, one clearly much, much further down the path than the other.

      The “far right” in GB just notched their largest victory, and they would more closely resemble the center-left in America, samething for the “far-right” in France. But due to how their governments run they will be ruled by coalitions, the one that will be ruling France has people out in the streets rioting right now, they are also not ashamed to be called Communists and Socialist, all because the “center” and Macron are fine with letting France burn.

      Also I have no doubt that any number of Democrats would whip Trump on a policy debate, but that isn’t happening is it? The current President sure can’t, his VP sure couldn’t, it’s unfortunate that the Democrats spent so much time and money fighting against democracy and allowed and aged and well past his prime Joe Biden to be the only candidate for the Democratic party in most of their primaries. It’s a shame what the undemocratic Democrat party has become.

  8. The ones who have not called for him to step aside are just the ones who have not read the memo. Nothing was different between the “debate” performance and his past multiple years. Those who haven’t read the memo, can’t say the their evaluation of his performance has convinced them to call for his bowing out.

    The only big surprise was in some of the 2020 debates where biden actually seemed coherent.

  9. This same media was predicting a far right takeover in France but the left and center united to push back the Fascists threats. Add that result to UK earlier in the week and their seems to be a wave forming. Vive la France!

    • Sebastian – You were 100% correct in your statement until you stated that the Left & Center pushed back the Fascists – the Left & the Center in France ARE the Fascists!

  10. MSM, you feigned outrage for the last 4 years whenever anyone dared question Joe’s mental faculties.
    Now that your conspiracy or lies has been exposed – all of you are going after him – demanding he drop out for the sake of democracy!
    If you really want to end his campaign – dredge up Ashley’s diary and focus on the “inappropriate” showers.
    Feign new outrage – and the dumb dolts on the Left will DEMAND his ouster. (Watch it’s coming…)

  11. Concealment is no different than lying. Maybe even worse. What if the major media knew of a pending dam break, or a killer escaped from prison, or a deadly toxin leaked from a train derailment, or deadly meteor heading for earth, and intentionally failed to report? Here, we have a misfit, aged-out, Alzheimer’s patient with a criminal mind running the country. And this has been OK with the major media ………..
    until the polls show Donald Trump winning by a landslide.
    Hurry, change jockeys in the White House before MAGA takes control again. Democrats and their allies in the major media are such pathetic enemies of our great country.

  12. Perhaps it would be more accurate to call the media “state sponsored” media. It is quite obvious that the Legacy Media in the USA has been regurgitating our national intelligence agencies’ talking points for years now.


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