While many critics of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have raised concerns about a perceived decline in his mental function, many in the mainstream media have been reticent to broach the issue.
For former Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly, it is the lack of coverage that constitutes the real story, as she explained in the debut episode of her new podcast.
“Abandoned any semblance of objectivity”
According to the Washington Examiner, Kelly discussed the issue of Biden’s fitness to serve as commander in chief during an on-air conversation with independent journalist Glenn Greenwald.
Kelly, whose mainstream media career was largely derailed over controversial remarks about blackface, has since become a maverick among journalists. She opened the debut installment of The Megyn Kelly Show by asserting that the press has “abandoned any semblance of objectivity.”
During a wide-ranging discussion with Greenwald, the host went on to share a pointed critique of the current state of mainstream media.
Both Kelly and her guest characterized much of the press as an anti-Trump echo chamber, with Greenwald asserting that he had been blacklisted at MSNBC for his criticism of the federal investigation into allegations of Russian collusion with the 2016 Trump campaign, according to The Hill.
“I think it’s pretty clear”
Later in the same program, Kelly maintained that it is “pretty clear” the former vice president has cognitive problems that are not being sufficiently addressed by reporters.
“I feel like, as a matter of factual reporting, you cannot deny he’s in cognitive decline,” she said, according to the Washington Examiner. “I think it’s OK to talk about, and I think it’s pretty clear.”
Kelly attempted to bolster her point by playing a clip of Biden stumbling over his words.
For his part, Greenwald claimed that he had been attacked by Democratic Party insiders for raising issues about Biden’s faculties prior to the end of the presidential primary race — even though many of the same partisans had expressed similar doubt long before Biden had become the party’s nominee.
He specifically mentioned remarks by Biden’s then-rivals Cory Booker and Julian Castro, both of whom insinuated that the candidate’s memory appeared to be failing. Greenwald went on to opine that the coronavirus “saved” Biden’s campaign by allowing him to retreat in his basement and limit his media exposure.
For the many voters who have witnessed Biden’s concerning gaffes continue to mount, this frank discussion likely came as some reassurance that, as Greenwald concluded, “Everyone knows it, but we’re supposed to pretend it’s not happening.”