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Tue May 21, 2024, 02:09 AM May 21

Joan Walsh: Biden Fared Well at Morehouse. So You Didn't Hear About It. [View all]


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Trust me: If President Joe Biden had faced hecklers or worse when he gave the Morehouse College commencement speech on Sunday, you would know about it. It would have led every newscast and dominated headlines in every paper, another dire portent of his alleged troubles with Black voters coming in November.

Instead, Biden faced a low-key protest, he clapped for and shook hands with the valedictorian who demanded a ceasefire in Gaza, and otherwise fared well. So you probably didn’t hear about it.

I try not to cover the “Biden is treated unfairly” beat. It’s now a dog bites man story. But this was impossible to ignore. I covered many events with Vice President Kamala Harris this last week, and I heard from many reporters how on edge they were, as was the administration, about Biden’s reception at Morehouse. Some student activists had demanded that the administration rescind his invitation, and a few faculty members said they wouldn’t attend the ceremony.
So why wasn’t it a big deal when it went fine?

It’s the nature of news. We cover plane crashes, not safe plane landings. But I think Biden’s soft landing represents smart outreach to the Black community, or communities, that paid off. And that’s news.

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Good Dem nooze, McGreedia snooze Bundbuster May 21 #1
KnR Hekate May 21 #2
Yup Lemon Lyman May 21 #3
This is a big deal MadameButterfly May 21 #4
THIS! It's daunting. KPN May 21 #12
That's not what they are in the business for. hadEnuf May 21 #14
That is hardly new misanthrope May 21 #18
One would think we had evolved from that and learned from past lessons. hadEnuf May 21 #20
It seems we are repeating some of the worst events in history MadameButterfly May 24 #28
I love Joan Walsh.. for a long time now. Cha May 21 #5
THIS malaise May 21 #6
Thank you for acknowledging the narrative, Joan. shrike3 May 21 #7
This message was self-deleted by its author AllaN01Bear May 21 #8
im glad things went well for mr . biden. AllaN01Bear May 21 #9
Like everything esle BumRushDaShow May 21 #10
Tellin' us something we all already know -- all too well. KPN May 21 #11
MSNBC on Sunday displaced in ID May 21 #13
The media bias is disgusting. spanone May 21 #15
The article ended with some sage advice for all of us: DFW May 21 #16
Exactly. I'm so fed up with the Republican-owed media. chouchou May 21 #17
My phone's newsfeed headlined people walking out on him. hay rick May 21 #19
But if I really say it, the mainstream press won't play it. usonian May 21 #21
Umm, I heard all about it in the Washington Post. They published a long article about it. Martin68 May 21 #22
The PutiNation being nice to Biden for once? SouthBayDem May 21 #23
A friend from high school was there. xmas74 May 21 #24
At least The Nation followers read about it. I posted Biden's whole speech on Facebook on a "public" setting. ancianita May 21 #25
Watched the whole speech on CNN. I get local Atlanta channels, and they were on it too. Silent Type May 21 #26
K&R Tarheel_Dem May 21 #27
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