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Glenn Greenwald: Democrats and Their Media Allies Impugned Biden's Cognitive Fitness. Now They Feign Outrage.
CNN's Democratic Party consultant Karen Finney condemned the discussion of Biden's cognitive capabilities as "truly a disgusting low blow," demanding that former Democratic presidential candidates Julian Castro and Cory Booker both of whom themselves had commented upon Biden's cognitive failures (on camera!) announce (falsely) that their prior comments about Biden had been distorted. Castro's Communication's Director, Sawyer Hackett, dutifully accused those who were raising these concerns of "push[ing] Trump messaging about Biden"; he also denied that Castro (or Booker) had ever themselves questioned Biden's cognitive competence, warning those who are raising the issue: "don't try to throw Julia'n and Cory in front of you when you do."
Meanwhile, Politico and CNN reporter Ryan Lizza, more devoted to defending Biden than even DNC functionaries, spent all weekend conspiratorially insinuating that journalists who were raising concerns over Biden's cognitive fitness were part of a joint "coordinated" attack from the Sanders and Trump campaigns. Lizza and others like him promoted various outraged articles from Democratic Party-loyal sites expressing all kinds of indignation after four years of open season of musing casually about Trump's dementia that anyone would even dare discuss Biden's cognitive fitness to occupy the most powerful political position in the world. They all insisted that this was some sort of very recent invention on the part of the Sanders and Trump world to stop the Biden juggernaut: a last-minute act of desperation from the Far Right and the Far Left as Biden ascends to his rightful place in the Oval Office.
The problem with all of this? Aside from the fact that Biden's cognitive decline is visible to the naked eye and it is incredibly reckless and repressive to demand that it be supressed, these concerns were first raised not by Trump operatives nor by Sanders supporters, nor were they first raised within the last several weeks. Quite the opposite is true: they were raised repeatedly over the last year principally by Democratic Party officials and their most loyal allies in the media.
One of the earliest mainstream figures to raise serious questions about Biden's cognitive decline was MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell immediately before the June, 2019 presidential debate. The long-time reporter, not exactly known as a Trump sympathizer to put that mildly, went on air amidst a series of rambling, incoherent Biden appearances and said: "the question is, does he still have his stuff? How sharp is he?," prompting Chris Matthews to immediately understand her point and reply: "You know you're answering the question with the question."