Joe Biden, left, speaks to members of the media at Heathrow, west of London. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 3:35 PM PT – Saturday, June 19, 2021
The mainstream media has made a habit of referring to President Trump as a threat to the free press because of his negative comments about them. However, Joe Biden has received a free pass from such remarks for his recent attacks toward the press corps.
Biden’s latest hostility towards the media was directed at CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on Wednesday after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. After asking Biden how confident he was for a change in Putin’s behavior, Collins was met with frustration.
“…What the hell? What do you do all the time? When did I say I was confident?” Biden rambled. “I said what will change their behavior is if the rest of the world reacts to them and it diminishes their standing in the world.”
Members of the corporate media were quick to perform damage control for Biden after his outburst. Vox’s Aaron Rupar tweeted “it would’ve served Biden better to not lose his temper with Kaitlan Collins, but the problem with her question is she put words in Biden’s mouth that he didn’t say.”
Biden went on to apologize later in the day, which Collins was all too happy to accept. Although she expressed appreciation for his efforts, the reporter went on to claim his apology was completely unnecessary.
The episode comes in stark contrast to a situation in 2020 when President Trump walked out of a press conference after Collins tried to take control and criticize his handling of coronavirus. Collins, who is CNN’s’ Chief White House Correspondent, went on to notably attack 45th President Trump after the election and blamed him for the events at the Capitol on January 6.
The reporter is not the only member of the mainstream media seemingly applying different standards. In January, Biden snapped at Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller when asked about his vaccine goals.
“When I announced it, you all said it’s not possible,” Biden claimed. “Come on, give me a break, man. It’s a good start, 100 million.”
Miller never responded to this criticism by Biden. However, he did take aim at Trump when the 45th President went to wave at supporters while hospitalized from coronavirus last year. Miller called Trump thanking his supporters outside Water Reed Medical Center outrageous and implied he didn’t take his job as president seriously by going out in a health crisis without a protective pool.
Although many in the mainstream media consistently sought to tarnish Trump for defending himself and expressing concerns about the accuracy of their reporting among other issues, they do not appear to be taking the same approach to Biden.