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Media Declares Speculation About Biden’s Health Off-Limits After Speculating About Trump’s Mental Health

Media Declares Speculation About Biden’s Health Off-Limits After Speculating About Trump’s Mental Health

“Biden rumor-mongering seemingly began May 29, during the broadcast of Fox News’ afternoon gabfest The Five”

The Daily Beast recently came under fire for investigating and ultimately outing a private citizen for the crime of sharing a video that makes fun of Nancy Pelosi.

Now they are claiming that speculating about Joe Biden’s health is out of bounds.

Justin Baragona writes:

Fox News Stars Begin Pushing Rumors About Joe Biden’s Health

One month after Joe Biden announced his run for president, several Fox News stars have already begun quietly pushing rumors that the 76-year-old ex-veep is in poor health.

Since the end of May, Fox Business Network and Fox News star Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery and Fox News prime-time host Sean Hannity have speculated on-air, on at least four separate occasions, that the current Democratic presidential frontrunner is secretly dealing with health issues, often comparing his condition to illness-related conspiracy theories the network pushed about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

The Biden rumor-mongering seemingly began May 29, during the broadcast of Fox News’ afternoon gabfest The Five. While assessing Biden’s candidacy, Kennedy claimed to know Democratic operatives engaged in a whisper campaign about Biden’s health.

“He is much more like Hillary Clinton, because if you talk to Democrats, who are working for different campaigns, all of the aggressive gossip whisperers—and this is where the action is happening in terms of opposition research—it’s people having a few drinks at a bar and whispering, ‘You know there is something wrong with the former vice president,’” she claimed. “But that’s what they are actively doing right now. And it is surprising because they are concerned with taking Biden down and getting their candidate out there.”

Here’s the best part of the article. It’s so good I’m going to bold it:

In the news business, it is considered irresponsible to spread baseless, potentially damaging rumors about public figures.

That is an astounding statement, and if it were true, every liberal media outlet would now be effectively out of business. CNN and MSNBC have built their entire business models on this notion.

And what about the Daily Beast? We recently noted the return of the Democrats’ favorite Yale psychiatrist, the one who has helped them push the idea that Trump is mentally unfit for office.

And in March of 2018, the Daily Beast published this:

How Close Is Donald Trump to a Psychiatric Breakdown?

With reports that a giddy commander in chief is running around the White House like a kid freed of any adult supervision, having dispatched every moderate who hasn’t resigned in hopes of saving a shred of his integrity, Donald Trump now appears to be in a state of mania as he escalates his efforts to bolster his fragile ego before he goes into the cage with special counsel Robert Mueller—or fires him.

This was exactly what the contributors to the book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump warned about six months ago. The psychiatric professionals who contributed to the book have monitored and come to know Trump’s character better than most clients they have treated or people they have interviewed. As the special prosecutor’s noose tightens around the president and his cultish family, it is increasingly clear that he is an imminent danger to the public, and this impinges on professionals’ duty to society. Sheehy wrote about the book and its genesis in these pages last October (Sheehy and Sword also contributed to the book).

In October of 2017, the Daily Beast published this:

These 27 Top Shrinks Think Trump Might Be Nuts

The president attacks the mayor of San Juan after a devastating hurricane as the death toll rises. In his maiden UN speech, he threatens North Korea with “total destruction.” His tweetstorms show a narcissistic mind obsessed with cutting down critics and igniting culture wars while ignoring the responsibilities of his office. No wonder a new poll shows that a stunning 56 percent of Americans believe Donald Trump is “not fit” to serve as president.

But while much of America has begun speaking openly about the mental state of their president, the actual professionals in the field of psychiatry are prohibited from doing so because of the gag rule imposed by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Does anyone at the Daily Beast read the Daily Beast?

And more importantly, haven’t they heard this?

In the news business, it is considered irresponsible to spread baseless, potentially damaging rumors about public figures.

CNN, which has also pushed the narrative about Trump’s mental health, is also now running interference for Biden.

Chris Cillizza writes:

Fox News crosses the line on Joe Biden

For anyone who watches Fox News Channel, it’s not at all surprising that its anchors and hosts (with few notable exceptions) talk up President Donald Trump while knocking down the Democrats running against him in 2020.

While that position puts Fox somewhere in the grey area between journalism and activism, it’s not exactly new. There are ratings in partisanship — so Fox News engages in partisanship.

But even partisanship should have its limits. And one of those limits should be raising entirely unfounded questions about a presidential candidate’s health. Which is exactly what two Fox News personalities — Kennedy and Sean Hannity — have done, according to this terrific piece by the Daily Beast Justin Baragona…

CNN’s Brian Stelter tweeted this:

They have made every aspect of Trump’s life and well-being fair game for over two years. Now they are calling for rules of decency to protect the person they expect to face off against Trump in November of 2020.

They think they can have it both ways. They’re wrong.


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It bears repeating “If it were not for no standards the media would not have any standards at all”


They’ve just told us where they think Biden’s most vulnerable.

    tom_swift in reply to tom_swift. | June 11, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Actually . . . why would they do that? If they just want to smother it they’d all follow the JournoList playbook, or whatever they’re using now to coordinate their tactics. They can do it without announcing it publicly.

    I wonder if this is something to get the public conditioned to deliberate censorship (all in the name of “responsible journalism”, of course) so they can do the same thing when Joe gets clobbered by something really major-league. Perhaps they know that one of his corruption scandals is about to blow up.

      MattMusson in reply to tom_swift. | June 11, 2019 at 11:18 am

      And, if you see a video where the Secret Service throws Biden in a Van like a sack of potatos, just look away.

Talk about the pot and the kettle

Biden & Wiener would make a fine team.

LibraryGryffon | June 11, 2019 at 8:39 am

This is nothing new. I seem to recall that it was irresponsible (and sexist) to even ask about Hilary’s health at the same time as it was the pinnacle of “resposible” “reporting” to quote those “experts” speculating on Trump.

Classic leftie behaviour.

Massinsanity | June 11, 2019 at 8:57 am

On Hilary, “illness-related conspiracy theories”… seriously? She had a frightening and very public health episode that was shocking to anyone who saw it when she appeared to go catatonic and lose the ability to even walk on a mild day in NY.

On Joe, it’s difficult to tell where his basic stupidity ends and his age/health related issues begin but I don’t want to speculate.

Well, its different because ORANGEMANBAD!!!!!

They’ve spent years protecting the insidiously stupid and comatose democrats communists, why would anyone expect them to change now?

The Daily Beast is something out of Dante’s second circle of Hell: in that level, called Lust, screeching souls are buffeted in all directions by fierce winds that change directions unpredictably.

This is what happens to people who do not think for themselves.

    Valerie in reply to Valerie. | June 11, 2019 at 11:29 am

    This nonsense has been going on long enough that sharp-eyed readers are finding that the writers contradict themselves directly, and with disturbing frequency.

While I am no fan of biden (or the rest of the progressive party),

Biden’s health is pretty normal to above average for a 76 year (though maybe showing very early signs of dementia – though hard to differentiate with his overall mental slowness )

Trump’s health is above average for his age and his mental accuity is vastly better than biden’s

Hillary on the other hand was showing very poor health during 2016 which is likely continuing. Additionally, she never had been physically active person and basic life functioning skills were challenging for her.


Rumors of the impending death of Yuri Andrapov are wildly exaggerated.

His physical or his mental health? Or both?

It’s comical to see biden out there aping the words of his handlers, spewing mock outrage at Trump’s push-back against leftist useful idiots spewing lies about him.

The projection of the left of their own offenses is now so blatant, that’s it’s become comical, and has brecome a roadmap where to hit the rats.