MSNBC host Rachel Maddow argued on Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement that he will not seek the presidency should serve as a cautionary tale for Washington D.C pundits and journalists, many of whom were not only reporting the opposite, but acting like they knew Biden had decided to run.
“You couldn’t know what Joe Biden’s decision was going to be, because it was his decision alone,” she said. “And yes, there were a lot of sources who wanted to talk. But for the most part, those were sources who wanted to talk because they wanted Joe Biden to run. And that’s not news. You can’t turn your wishes or hopes or rumors into news just by calling it ‘news.'”
Talking Points Memo reported that the Washington Post mistakenly published a story yesterday saying that Biden would run — one of two versions the newspaper had apparently prepared — before quickly yanking it. But Fox News and Biden’s fellow Democrat, Rep. Brendan Boyle (R-PA), also made similar statements, citing their own sources assuring them that Biden would run.
Maddow, however, singled Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol out for his insistence on Twitter that Biden was running. As recently as Tuesday, Kristol stated that Biden had “confirmed” his presidential intentions to President Barack Obama over lunch in preparation for a campaign launch at the University of Delaware.
“Bill Kristol was hiding under the table at lunch,” she said sarcastically, before saying that Kristol was “kind of famous for making very bad, very confident predictions,” such as his prediction that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani would mount another presidential campaign in 2012. Giuliani did not.
Watch Maddow’s commentary, as aired on Wednesday, below.
Brutal video targeting moms hits Trump for trying to hurt their children by returning to school in pandemic
President Donald Trump and Education Sec. Betsy DeVos announced this month that schools must reopen regardless of the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Republican leaders have maintained that not being in school is so detrimental to the development of children that parents must risk their lives and the lives of their families, teachers, principals, and other school administration members.
Author Don Winslow posted a video directed at mothers recalling all of the great moments in a child's development from their first words to their first steps and their first days of school.
The View’s Meghan McCain turns on Fauci after blaming him for resurgence of COVID-19 — then gets schooled by Whoopi Goldberg
"The View's" Meghan McCain confessed that she has "turned" on Dr. Anthony Fauci.
During Thursday's show, the co-hosts addressed the new InStyle profile on Fauci, who has been barred from appearing on TV. Joy Behar loved the photo because it showed off his Italian heritage and how tough he is.
"I thank god every day that there are some adults left who are looking out for us," she said. "So, I thank Fauci. I thank even Mitt Romney for standing up when every coward in that Republican leadership has said nothing. Radio silence about every sin committed by [Trump]. I thank Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. I'm so happy there are a few adults left, and Fauci is one of them, and I want him to speak out more. Let's not -- this is worth repeating: Are you going to trust an ivy league educated epidemiologist like Fauci or somebody who tells you to drink bleach and face the sunlight to kill the virus? I mean, really."
Video shows Portland police violently tackling bicycle rider in protest zone
Police in Portland, Oregon were seen this week tackling a protester who was riding a bicycle.
Video of the incident was shared on Twitter on Thursday.
The video, which was posted by KATU's Dan McCarthy, shows three officers running toward the cyclist as he rides near Lownsdale Square. One officer uses his body as a projectile, knocking the man off the bicycle.
According to McCarthy, the protester was arrested. Details of the arrest were not immediately available.
The incident comes as police cleared protesters in Lownsdale Square Park and Chapman Square. At least five arrests were made during the action, McCarthy said.