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The Morning Briefing: CNN Forum Throws Nothing But Softballs and Pathetic Biden Strikes Out Anyway

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Happy Friday, Kruiser Morning Briefing friends and countrymen. Countrywomen. Countrypersons. I’ll try not to make things weird.

Kidding. It’s sort of my brand.

Another on-brand topic here is the thorough awfulness of the American mainstream political media. Wanted in all fifty states for the murder of ethical journalism, the MSM is once again working overtime to help get a Democratic presidential candidate elected despite said candidate’s myriad flaws.

At the beginning of the month I wrote that I didn’t think that the media could prop up Joe Biden until the election.

I may have underestimated the hacks who pollute the MSM.

An integral part of propping up Grandpa Gropes is attacking President Trump, of course. On Tuesday night¸ President Trump subjected himself to a town hall on ABC that was hosted by former Clinton administration flack, George Stephanopoulos. My HotAir colleague Karen Townsend watched and had some observations:

I confess, I watched. Going into it, my expectations were low. I was not disappointed. The event was even worse than I thought it would be. The participants were allegedly uncommitted voters though, after listening to their questions, that description is impossible to believe. It was easy to assume that all but possibly two of the very small audience are Biden voters. The voters were identified by name and for whom they voted in 2016 if they voted at all.

The question that kept popping up for me was whether or not the people had been coached by ABC staffers before the town hall began. I say that because the overt hostility and aggressive line of questioning were unusual, even for Trump opponents. This is 2020, though, and clearly any form of civil behavior is to be set aside if political points can be made, especially against the president. For example, I have never seen a person stand up and ask a question of any president at a town hall and while doing so, rudely not allow him to respond until she permitted it. Ellesia Blaque, an assistant professor from Philadelphia with preexisting conditions, asked a question about Obamacare. As she did so, Trump began to respond but she shut him down. “Please stop and let me finish my question, sir,” she said. She voted for Hillary in 2016.

My mom called me as soon as it was over to go on about how awful Stephanopoulos was.

I felt it was important to pass along my mother’s opinion. It’s Friday, we can free-form a little. Also, I’m a good son.

Last night, CNN — aka The Official Broadcast Wing of the Democratic National Committee — hosted Joe Biden for an hour-long forum. This affair was a bit more cuddly than the president’s time with ABC. Even so, Slurry Joe struggled with things like English and his own policies.

Bronson Stocking has more at Townhall:

Joe Biden praised the idea of incorporating fact-checkers into the presidential debates, but those desperately needed fact-checkers were nowhere to be found at CNN’s town hall event with Biden on Thursday.

In stark contrast to President Trump’s town hall event with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos earlier this week, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and a crowd of mostly friendly supporters took turns asking the 77-year-old candidate softball questions.

Biden told all sorts of lies during the one-hour event on CNN, a fitting location for such fake news. Biden lied when he accused President Trump of not mentioning the coronavirus in his State of the Union Address.

“My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat,” Trump said in his State of the Union Address, which Nancy Pelosi ripped up in anger.

There were a couple of Kabuki theater moments that CNN staged to try and make things seem legit. Host Anderson Cooper briefly pressed Biden on the fact that he’s been all over the place on the fracking issue, for example. Biden gave a barely-coherent answer and Cooper let it go. That’s a classic MSM ruse with Democrats. The interviewer will hit the Dem with the “hard question,” then accept virtually any answer and leave it at that.

A real low point came when the declining Biden couldn’t remember what to call the place where the mail goes:

Biden was not pressed by Cooper for repeating that debunked conspiracy theory, by the way.

They’re going to do everything but give him neck rubs while he relaxes in a recliner with his Metamucil for the rest of the race. I still maintain that even TDS-fueled media bias won’t be enough to help Biden fake his way through a debate but I don’t doubt for a moment that they are now working feverishly to figure out a way to do it.

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PJ Media Senior Columnist and Associate Editor Stephen Kruiser is the author ofDon’t Let the Hippies ShowerandStraight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage,” both of which address serious subjects in a humorous way. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.” His columns appear twice a week.