It’s gonna be a long four-years as our Failed Political Press, addicted to a scandal of the day goes cold turkey:
I don’t think President Handsome Joe Biden even got a honeymoon from the press before they went after the bike and watch. Meanwhile Tiger Beat on the Potomac’s email thingie (New! Improved! More Gossip!) leads with (checks notes) Boring Joe:
The reviews from the media came in fast and furious: The Biden presidency is orderly, normal, even boring — and it’s so refreshing.
Perhaps this was a genuine expression of relief after a wrenching two-and-a-half-month transition for the country. But who’d like to place odds on how long it lasts before boring-good becomes boring-boring for the media?
First, a quick sampling of the commentary earlier this week exulting over all the normalcy:
“Biden’s inauguration offered what America needs: A ‘return to normalcy,’” read the headline on Max Boot’s WaPo column.
“Mostly, a normal, sane, empathetic presidential voice. FINALLY,” tweeted Jennifer Rubin after Biden’s inauguration speech.
Then there was the much remarked-upon contrast of JEN PSAKI’s studiously polite inaugural press briefing with SEAN SPICER’s “largest audience ever” debut at the White House podium four years ago.
“Instead of a clown show, white house briefings will return to the hallowed american tradition of being completely boring and useless. Inspiring!” noted Business Insider media reporter Steven Perlberg.
JOHN DICKERSON even penned a column in The Atlantic with this lead paragraph: “Joe Biden has a real shot at being a boring president. It will require constant work. Many forces of commerce and human nature are arrayed against him, and countless obstacles stand in his path. But if the country is lucky, entire days will pass without the president’s activities agitating the public mind.”
We could go on.
We point this out not to argue that the break from four years of mayhem isn’t a much-needed breather, only to offer a bit of a reality check: Boring is the enemy of reporters. For all the talk from the right of liberal media bias, its real bias is for a juicy story.
That scans as true.
If the Biden administration shows some success at being boring, our bet is that the D.C. press corps will do everything in its power to make it not so. A warning to the president’s press shop: The beast may pause to take in its new habitat, but it will soon need to be fed.
And that last paragraph is the one that counts, that’s a warning. It’s not my job to advise the professionals at 1600, but if I were them, I’d be totally transparent about what they found as they took over: all the crime, negligence, incompetence, and pettiness of the previous administration is a good story for the press and will keep Hair Füror’s impeachment in perspective, too. Putting him on trial in the court of public opinion is the best way to apply pressure to the goobers who are going to claim that leading a coup is not impeachable.