Accuracy in Media

It may not have seemed like a big news event, but the story of former Vice President Joe Biden threatening to physically attack President Trump has given the media an opportunity to flex its bias muscles.

“A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it. They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said no,” Biden said Tuesday at an anti-sexual assault rally at the University of Miami. “I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.’”

Trump responded: “Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe.”

It was that crying bit that got to NBC News, which ran a story headlined, “Trump and Joe Biden’s Twitter feud proves how threatened Trump is by men who can cry” by Kurt Bardella, who worked for Steve Bannon at Breitbart, then resigned in the wake of the Corey Lewandowski scandal.

“Setting aside the reality of a one-on-one cage match between septuagenarians, what stood out to me was Trump’s use of ‘weak’ and ‘crying.’ It was a stark reminder of how trapped Trump is in within his arcane mindset that the only emotions worth showing – if you are a ‘real man’ – are bravado and machismo,” wrote Bardella.

“I always thought one of the most powerful memories of President Barack Obama’s presidency was at the end, when Obama surprised his vice president with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Biden was understandably emotional during this remarkable display of friendship, loyalty and respect. Juxtapose that to the time when Trump launched callous attacks against Myeshia Johnson, a Gold Star widow.

“In one instance, we have Biden feeling free to express his feelings of gratitude. In the other, we have a president of the United States callously trampling on the feelings on the wife of a fallen soldier.”

Salon went a step further and upbraided the former vice president – gently, of course – with a story headlined, “Hey Joe Biden: Your macho fantasies about a Trump beatdown don’t help women,” that urged non-violent solutions.

The Washington Post went still further with a piece entitled, “Biden vs. Trump: Who ya got?” In this piece, Philip Bump of the Post asked a boxing trainer and a mixed martial arts trainer how they would train each fighter and who would win.

“So, on March 22, 2018, we got to this point,” the story begins before listing Trump’s tweet. Biden threatened Trump, but the rhetoric reached a new low only when Trump responded.

The boxing trainer, who was from Dover, Del., said he would train Trump “to make the fight nasty … what w call dirty boxing … a lot of holding, grabbing, inside punches – borderline cheating. Breaking the rules.” Biden? “ I would train my guy to be really slick. In and out. Attack and then counter.”

In the end, the boxing instructor did not think Trump was in good enough shape and that, with his experience six decades ago playing high school football, “I’m betting the bank on Biden.”

 “An alpha male type is probably going to last longer in the ring.”  That, of course, was … Biden. “You have to be willing to very much have a non-quitting spirit,” he said of the former vice president, who abandoned both of his runs for president within weeks.

The MMA instructor would tell Trump to knock out Biden as quickly as possible and Biden to get Trump on the ground as quickly as he can because the lighter fighter has an advantage then.

So who would win? Tough question, the MMA instructor said. “If I had to put money on it, I would put money on Joe Biden.”  

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