Not even trying to resemble honest reporting, leftist-aligned CNN closed out Tuesday’s New Day by swooning over Joe Biden while going out of their way to trash the President. Since Biden started to name his cabinet, the network has been reluctant to do anything but praise the nominees. This has been especially true of one of the most recent picks, longtime Democratic Party hack Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.
Instead, reporters like Abby Phillip have been brought on to heap praise on the nominees: “There are three main things that the Biden nominees seem to all have in common, they have experience in the subject matter that they are being chosen to lead, they have experience in government, most of them, and they also have experience with the principle.”
It is not clear what type of experience that Becerra will bring to his department, especially in the middle of the pandemic. The closest thing he has to medical experience is partisan lobbying on behalf of ObamaCare, both in Congress and as California’s Attorney General. While this speaks to his credentials as a lawyer, it says nothing about him as an administrator or a health expert.
The liberal network also failed to mention that the Republicans in the Senate have expressed strong opposition to Becerra based on his lack of qualifications.
Rather than report to the American people important information about future leaders in the government, Phillip continued the narrative, striking at the Trump administration: “Those are all things that four years ago as we were sitting in a very similar position watching President Trump put together his cabinet, virtually none of those things were true about many of the people he was choosing for his cabinet.”
Co-host John Berman seemed determined not to give Trump any credit for the pandemic response: “And it's just stark. Yes, the President is having a vaccine event at the White House but I think more telling he had an indoor unmasked event inside the White House yesterday, which has been a super spreader site. I mean, you get a sense of the difference in emphasis between the two men.”
Berman then hurled another attack: “It's infinitely outrageous when you try to overturn the results of the election, it's infinitely more outrageous when you are doing it when 2,200 Americans are dying every day from a pandemic and you are not promoting safe ways to get past it.”
There was nothing that prompted these attacks on the President, or any relevant events that warranted discussion. It appears that CNN is determined to trash the President up to the minute he leaves office. On the flip side, they are likely to continue propping up Biden for much longer than that.
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A transcript of the December 8th Coverage is included below:
8:49 AM ET
JOHN BERMAN: Just hours from now, both President Trump and President-Elect Joe Biden will be speaking about coronavirus. These dueling events will show the contrast really with how they've handled the pandemic. Frankly, the President's absence from the scene talking about the suffering going on in the country over the last few days shows that contrast as much as anything. Let's get the bottom line with CNN political correspondent Abby Phillip. Abby, great to see you. President-Elect Biden will officially unveil his health team today with Javier Becerra, the Attorney General of California, to be Director of Health and Human Services. And it's just stark. Yes, the President is having a vaccine event at the White House but I think more tellingly he had an indoor unmasked event inside the White House yesterday, which has been a super spreader site. I mean, you get a sense of the difference in emphasis between the two men.
ABBY PHILLIP: Absolutely. I don't think we need to be surprised or guess at what is going to happen today. We know that President Trump is fixated on the issue of who gets credit for the vaccine more than anything else. More than even the issue of ensuring Americans that it's safe, that it's effective, that it's going to be administered in a way that is fair and equitable and that there's going to be enough of it. The President wants everyone to know that he thinks that he deserves credit for the vaccine even coming into existence, but that's just a sort of, you know, very -- like a lot of things with President Trump -- very much focused on himself. I do think that when you look at the contrast here it's not just the contrast in style with the Biden administration that is coming into being, it's also in pretty much every form of substance you can get. There are three main things that the Biden nominees seem to all have in common, they have experience in the subject matter that they are being chosen to lead, they have experience in government, most of them, and they also have experience with the principle. Those are all things that four years ago as we were sitting in a very similar position watching President Trump put together his cabinet, virtually none of those things were true about many of the people he was choosing for his cabinet. In many cases he had never met some of the people that he was announce to lead senior roles. I think that that contrast is pretty clear as you move forward with some of these more senior positions within the Biden cabinet.
ALISYN CAMEROTA: Abby, I'm interested in that reporting about the President wanting credit for the vaccine. Is that still an open debate? I mean, he does deserve credit for fast tracking that. Is anybody even debating that? And so you're suggesting that because he's fixated on that he can't be Comforter in Chief, he can't talk about coronavirus, we can't talk about home testing and fast tracking that somehow, we can't figure out contact tracing? I mean, between now and the time when most Americans can get vaccinated, more than 100,000 more Americans are predicted to die.
PHILLIP: Yeah, I mean, I think that's exactly the point, Alisyn. Look, there's no question that the federal government's role in helping usher this vaccine along, the President deserves credit for that. The problem is that that's not the only thing that matters when you have more than 2,000 people in this country dying every day. And the President, as John pointed out, keeps having these events, he had a massive rally in which they didn't even bother to give masks to people who were standing behind the President in Georgia over the weekend, he's had indoor events repeatedly over the last several weeks. He will not talk to the American people about precautions that they should be taking to keep themselves and their families safe. The vaccine is coming, but as everybody has said, there is a lot that needs to be done in terms of Presidential leadership right now to be a bridge between where we are with this extraordinary number of deaths and hospitalizations and where we will be when the vaccine is actually distributed to enough people in this country to be protective.
BERMAN: There's no public evidence he cares about the loss right now. We just haven't heard it and we haven't seen it at all. I'm sorry, we just haven't.
PHILLIP: And he's tweeting about literally everything else but this enormous crisis.
BERMAN: He's trying to overturn the results of an election. There are two things going on one outrageous. It's infinitely outrageous when you try to overturn the results of the election, it's infinitely more outrageous when you are doing it when 2,200 Americans are dying every day from a pandemic and you are not promoting safe ways to get past it. We're seeing the results of the former there, the overturning the election, you start to see the results this have around the country. We are just now seeing this tweet from the Arizona Republican party. This is going on. The Arizona Republican party is putting out a tweet, a tweet of Rambo, from the movie Rambo here and it says, this is what we do, who we are. Live for nothing or die for something and this is part of a string of tweets where they talk about the #stopthesteal. They are talking about the fight to overturn the election and they are talking about violence. I'm sorry, they just are. This is the Arizona Republican party. This is what we've come to.
PHILLIP: It is so incredibly disturbing on a number of levels. Just the level of incitement that's happening all across the country. The fact that regular people and not even just these elected officials like the Michigan secretary of state but just, you know, that election worker in Georgia that you heard the Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling talk about who found a noose outside of his home. Real people who are just doing normal things to administer an election being threatened, being -- you know, being sort of put out there and all of this being supported by the highest levels including by the President. But, you know, what's amazing about all of this is that President Trump is so insistent that he has won this election that he wants another four years in office, but seems to want to do very little of the actual job of the presidency. With a lot of the reports out there that he has withdrawn from so much of the job, the meetings have become kind of limited to his fixation on the election, it seems the President doesn't actually want to do the job he just wants to say that he has it.
BERMAN: Lindsey graham called this a civil war. He should know better. That's sick. He lives in South Carolina. He knows what a civil war is for him to be equating this to a civil war, he knows better. Abby, thank you very much.