En, toneel. This is just the sort of tempest in the teapot that Washington obsesses over (Biden said a bad word!) and that the average voter couldn’t care less about.
The President said something he shouldn’t have said. It was both nasty and an unnecessary distraction. Within about an hour of saying it, he had called Doocy to personally apologize.
Nou, compare that series of events to what we all experienced over the previous four years.
Donald Trump regularly berated and belittled members of the media, and never once apologized.
“I say that you’re a terrible reporter
,” he told NBC’s Peter Alexander
in Maart 2020. “That’s what I say
. I think it’s a very nasty question
, and I think it’s a very bad signal that you’re putting out to the American people.
“You are a rude
, terrible person
,” Trump told CNN’s Jim Acosta in late
2018. “You shouldn’t be working for CNN.
In that same press conference
, Trump called PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor
, a woman of color
, a “rassisties” for asking a question about white nationalists supporting him
En, natuurlik, Trump repeatedly called the media “the enemy of the people”
— in person and on Twitter
— throughout his presidency
Rather than apologize, Trump wore his willingness to attack those who covered him — often in personal terms — as a badge of honor. He would tout his willingness to tell off individual reporters to adoring crowds, suggesting that he was the only one in the country to tell the truth about the media.
This lowering of the bar
— in terms of the relationship between a president and the media
— was part of a broader effort by Trump to fundamentally alter what it meant to be president
. Trump cast this approach
— via tweet
— as “MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL”
maar, in truth
, it was simply bad manners
. Rudeness turned into political strategy
That Biden called a reporter a “stupid son of a bitch” is regrettable. That he called to apologize for it is commendable.
Don’t disregard the fact that we now have a president, weer, who operates under the normal rules of decorum and politeness. When a president does the right thing, it trickles down to the rest of society. En, as we saw over the past 4 jare, the opposite is also true.