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OPINION

White House Press Corps Do Their Jobs (For a Minute)

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It’s rare when a Democrat White House faces serious questions about anything, especially for any sustained length of time. While it hasn’t been that long, it is nice to see reporters questioning the official party line on Joe Biden’s theft of top secret government documents and his tossing them around like confetti around his various domiciles. But don’t get used to a skeptical press pushing back against the obvious lies of a Democrat administration, it’s not who the press corps are, they’ll be back to “Weekend at Bernie’s”-ing this entitled, senile old threat to national security before you know it.

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The media has always been on the side of Democrats, the only change over the last few years is just how much of the left’s jersey they let show under their “professional” attire. Now they basically don’t even wear a jersey, they paint their faces and bare chests like David Puddy with the logo of the DNC. 

But every once in a while, if only out of embarrassment or accident, they do their jobs…for a short while. 

The first time I noticed this was in the 90s, back when Bill Clinton was caught having sex with an intern, and committing perjury and suborning it, thereby obstructing justice in the Paul Jones lawsuit. There really wasn’t much doubt about what Clinton was accused of doing, the previous sentence sums it up perfectly. And that’s how the original reporting went. Then it changed.

Originally, journalists reported that Monica was a White House intern, which she was. The affair started during the government shutdown, which meant anyone deemed non-essential in the White House wasn’t allowed to work because they weren’t going to be paid (though they’d be paid retroactively). Making non-essentials work without pay is illegal. Monica was NOT an essential employee, but she was an intern – and since interns weren’t paid, they could work. That’s how she ended up being around Bill and able to show him her underwear. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Soon after servicing Clinton, Monica got a real government job and was moved out of the White House. That’s when Clinton Inc. wants you to think the affair started. And over the course of months of denying anything had ever happened, that’s how it started to be reported. The intern part disappeared, she just became a young government employee. Still, a massive power discrepancy, but not as bad as an intern. 

Were it not for Bill’s DNA on a dress there is no way the Democrat establishment wouldn’t have completely destroyed Monica. (Just imagine the brainstorming sessions about how to try to explain away how THAT bit of DNA got on her dress, only opting for admitting the truth once every conceivable alternative had been discussed.)

Once they could no longer deny it, they dismissed it as “old news.” In the meantime, the White House and their agents in media shifted the conversation – it had gone from the President of the United States having sex with an intern to a consensual relationship between two adults; a completely private matter. All the forms of perjury and obstruction of justice melted away.

The media, which had done a good job in uncovering the original story, got back on the team and spread the spin. When the truth finally had come out, the left-wing establishment made it so the truth didn’t matter. Not one single Democrat was bothered by any of it – the power dynamic of a President and an intern, the pressure brought on her to perjure herself or the President doing the same, or even a President getting his girlfriend a government job – and none voted to impeach or convict Clinton.

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This current Biden scandal is in the early stages, but the White House is already playing the delaying game. And while the press has some questions, they’re mostly being asked from a place of hurt. “Why did you lie to us about having found all the documents already?” is the current common theme. There isn’t a whole lot of “Why did Joe steal these documents in the first place?” questions, nor any concern about why they appear to have been tossed around his house for 6 years (If Joe read them during the Trump administration, how did he not know they were there? If he didn’t, how did they get out of the boxes in the garage?)

Right now, the press is doing a fairly decent job, do not count on it lasting. This story will soon become “old news” too. Rather than establishing and working sources, the Biden administration has been covered by stenographers for whom conducting real journalism is a foreign concept. That they have spent a couple of days asking semi-good questions is not really cause for celebration. If they don’t follow it up with actual journalism, which I suspect they won’t, it’ll just be another glitch in the Matrix where conservatives mistakenly think things are changing for the better. They aren’t. The press is still on the other team, don’t be fooled by the fact that they put their clothes back on for a few minutes. 

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Derek Hunter is the host of a free daily podcast (subscribe!), host of a daily radio show, and author of the book, Outrage, INC., which exposes how liberals use fear and hatred to manipulate the masses, and host of the weekly “Week in F*cking Review” podcast where the news is spoken about the way it deserves to be. Follow him on Twitter at @DerekAHunter.

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