News Tokenism

     Tokenism usually refers to the inclusion of a member of some group perceived as “victimized” or “a dispreferred minority.” But there are varieties of tokenism that are unconcerned with such things. Tokenism in the news media can mean grudgingly mentioning something unfavorable to the Left. Here’s an example from CNN:

     TAPPER: Yes. And Kristen, Glenn Kessler from “The Washington Post” had a fact check about Joe Biden from earlier this month noting that Hunter Biden admitted in court in July that he was, in fact, paid substantial sums from Chinese companies. Kessler wrote, Hunter Biden reported nearly 2.4 million income in 2017 and 2.2 million income in 2018, most of which came from Chinese or Ukrainian interests. But this — and this directly goes against what Joe Biden said in the debate in 2020 with Donald Trump. Take a listen.



     JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: My son has not made money in terms of this thing about what are you talking about, what are you talking about, China.


     DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: He made a fortune in Ukraine, in China, in Moscow —

     BIDEN: That is simply not true.

     TRUMP: — and various other places.


     TAPPER: So this is from two different debates. But I mean, Trump was right. I mean, he did make a fortune from China, and Joe Biden was wrong. I don’t know that he was lying about it. He might not have been told by Hunter. But this blind spot is a problem.

     ANDERSON: It’s a problem, one, because Republicans aren’t going to let it go, that’s for sure. But also these problems are continuing through the legal system. It’s not as though this is something that’s been settled in other jurisdictions, and Republicans are just harping on it. It is an ongoing thing in our courts. It’s not going anywhere.

     TAPPER: This is a blind spot. Does it concern you as a Democrat?

     LEVIN: Well, I think dads sometimes and parents sometimes have blind spots about their kids, for sure, and the President may be no exception. But nothing has tied the President to any of Hunter Biden’s dealings. There’s no whiff of him being involved or him being implicated in it. And it’s, you know, I think it’s not something the voters care a lot about.

     TAPPER: All right, my thanks to the panel. Thanks once again.

     Joe Biden is allergic to truth. His entire political career has been founded on lies. He lies by preference. But no Democrat partisan will admit this, nor even hint at Biden’s adversary relationship with the truth, despite mountains of evidence reaching back fifty years. And, for completeness, note the mandatory “Republicans pounce” motif near the end.

     That gallon jug of Carlo Rossi Chablis has been looking better and better, hasn’t it?