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Media double standard for Biden team, Trump women

Boston Herald logo Boston Herald 12/1/2020 Joe Battenfeld
a close up of a woman: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, June 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) © Provided by Boston Herald White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, June 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The fawning media coverage of Joe Biden’s all-women communications team stands in stark contrast to the disdainful tone that trashed President Trump’s squad of mostly women senior communications aides.

Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, an accomplished mother of three, was routinely mocked for her weight, her southern accent and her fierce defense of Trump.

Adviser Kellyanne Conway has been treated as a lightweight by the media elites who cover the White House — a frequent punch line by satirists on Saturday Night Live.

Current Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is also under constant attack by the media for doing her job — defending her boss even when he goes off or makes unfounded statements.

None of the Trump women were the subject of flattering profiles like those now handed to Biden’s team.

No, they are branded as liars and dumb hicks.

The fact is that every press secretary who has ever worked at the White House has faced difficult situations where their boss has done or said something dumb — or possibly criminal.

They are often forced to lie or conceal the truth to keep their jobs, and that’s been true throughout history, including the Clinton, Obama and Trump administrations.

So for the media to pretend that only the Trump press secretaries have lied is absurd.

The truth is that while Biden’s team will have more women communications aides, Trump first had an unusual number of women in senior positions in the press office.

When McEnany pointed this out, she was pilloried.

The Washington Post called McEnany’s complaint about the double standard “peculiar” and dismissed it as inaccurate because Biden’s team by sheer numbers has more women communications aides.

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The media’s fixation on Biden’s team and glowing mentions of their backgrounds could only have happened in a Democratic administration, where reporters play footsy with press secretaries instead of asking hard questions.

The Washington Post wrote a long dispatch about Biden hiring “mostly women, including several of color, in a move that reflected his campaign pledge to create an administration that presents a diverse face to America as it tackles twin pandemic and economic crises.”

“Taken together, the plans show the president-elect’s determination to bring in a more diverse leadership team than what Washington has seen in the past.”

By not focusing on the fact that Trump also had women in senior communications roles the Post revealed its true agenda — to buck up Biden and trash the Trump administration.

“Biden, 78, has frequently tried to use his political power to break barriers,” the Post breathlessly reported. Right, he’s a real maverick.

The Post also could have focused on the fact that many of the new hires were Obama and Clinton leftovers. But instead, the Post said “their long track record in key Washington roles promise to usher in a more stable era of White House communications.”

So, get used to a lot of this great journalism in the days ahead.

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