NewsBusters Podcast: George Clooney Flip-Flops on Declining Biden

Just weeks after headlining a lucrative Hollywood fundraiser for Joe Biden’s re-election campaign, movie star George Clooney wrote in a “guest essay” in The New York Times that Biden has got to go and let someone else “save democracy” from Donald Trump.

“The one battle he cannot win is the fight against time,” Mr. Clooney wrote. “It’s devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fund-raiser was not the Joe ‘big F-ing deal’ Biden of 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate.”

“We are not going to win in November with this president,” Clooney added. “On top of that, we won’t win the House, and we’re going to lose the Senate. This isn’t only my opinion; this is the opinion of every senator and congress member and governor that I’ve spoken with in private. Every single one, irrespective of what he or she is saying publicly.”

This is a contrast with actor Michael Douglas, who in April told CNN, “the people that I’ve talked to and everybody that I have, say he’s sharp as a tack! He’s fine.” In a news report, the Times argued Clooney is “by far the highest-profile figure in the party to call for the president to end his campaign.” This would leave out the late-night comedians like Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers, who were having a fit on Monday at how Biden cannot defeat that monster Trump. 

Meanwhile, NPR media reporter David Folkenflik took a break from his regular “news” pieces attacking Fox News to evaluate President Biden calling in to Morning Joe. On the horribly named evening newscast All Things Considered, Folkenflik insisted MSNBC was more “rooted in journalism” than Fox because it was associated with NBC News. 

Folkenflik also turned up Monday on the the nationally distributed public-radio chat show Here & Now, where the host asked him to explain at length the liberal view that there’s a double standard in the press, that Biden’s bungling has been the central story for the last 12 days, which is like a gift to Trump. Folkenflik obliged, insisting like liberals do that Donald Trump rarely makes sense in his speeches and has promised to be an authoritarian if he gets a second term. 

Taxpayer-funded liberal bias. That’s NPR and PBS. Enjoy the podcast below, or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

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