Australian commentators show their true colours with biased US convention coverage

Australian commentators show their true colours with biased US convention coverage, by Chris Kenny.

Last week I complained about how instead of sceptically critiquing the embarrassing festival of darkness that was the Democratic National Convention, or mocking how it took Trump Derangement Syndrome to theatrical levels, most of the media pretended it was a triumph and amplified the Democrat themes. I predicted they would rediscover their mocking mojo for the Republican National Convention in the subsequent days.

As it happened, mocking was the least of it. Spite, bile, deception, antipathy and resentment typified the coverage. …

Whatever you think of his character or his policies, you would have to be consumed with loathing not to find amusement in the way the US President deliberately trolled his opponents. They portray him as racist; he accepted African-American endorsements from all walks of life. They say he is sexist; he filled his event with strong women. They say he is anti-immigrant; he turned foreign arrivals into citizens, at the White House, live on network television. They are obsessively anti-Trump; he made an appearance every night, and gave slots to Donald Trump Jnr, Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump and Melania Trump. …

Trump warns that under Joe Biden the radical left will turn many cities into war zones like Portland, Oregon — so the protesters rumbled with police outside the White House, put a Trump effigy in a guillotine and abused and intimidated departing guests. The actions of Trump’s enemies animate his words.

Trump warned that cancel culture has people fearful about what they can say without incurring wrath or losing their jobs. Then the media parsed in full every sentence he uttered to find darker meaning, “dog whistling” or lies. Immediately after the President’s acceptance speech, CNN’s fact checker Daniel Dale and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow rattled off extensive lists of so-called errors and lies, most of which amounted to little more than the usual exaggerated political rhetoric that passes unchecked on the other side. Maddow gave the game away with her “last but not least” fact check, slamming the President for saying, “Have you looked at your gasoline bill? Have you noticed how low it is?” Maddow whined: “For those of us who do actually drive, you don’t get a bill for your gasoline, it’s not how it works, nobody mails you a bill and says ‘here’s what you’ve got’ — you pay for gas at a gas pump if you drive, and it’s, all, ah, sorry.” …

Ah, the sweet hypocrisy:

Yet, by way of contrast, these people never fact checked Barack Obama’s 2008 acceptance speech when he said: “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” Indeed, during the Democratic convention Dale’s feed was still a constant stream of tweets about Trump and then this: “Haven’t heard any false claims from the Democratic speakers so far tonight (Subjective opinion, as always, doesn’t count.)” …

Biden was given a pass for pretending he had a crowd; Trump was slammed for having real people attend. Biden was praised for a formulaic speech, read from a teleprompter in a hermetically sealed environment; Trump was criticised for speaking too often, too long and for ad libbing.

The same commentators on CNN and elsewhere who sanctimoniously criticised the gatherings, poor social distancing and lack of mask-wearing during the RNC were gushing the very next day about crowds amassing for the Black Lives Matter protest in Washington Mall. Go figure.


The obsession, hatred, and absence of reason in the media is hard to fathom. Take Sydney Morning Herald columnist Danny Katz. “Donald Trump is my No. 1 internet obsession, and not in a fawning fanboy way, more in a ‘hey, let me check in and see if he fell into a soybean thresher overnight’ kind of way,” he wrote last week. “And no, of course, I’m not wishing a soybean threshing accident on him — it could be a wheat thresher, a corn thresher, anything large and spiky that can be easily hosed down afterwards.”

Katz went on to say that “Trump is the worst” and that there are few people he “hates” so much. This sort of stuff passes for commentary in a surprising amount of media.

Well, you already knew that.