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why the news blackout over Mitch McConnell? what the fuck happened to him?
imagine the media's reaction if Joe Biden did something like fall off his bike. oh wait, you don't have to
if you were on ‘political twitter’ yesterday afternoon, you know that there was one topic of conversation: Mitch McConnell’s freeze.
in the clip that circulated, McConnell, speaking in the halls of the Senate, freezes, mid-sentence, with a blank look on his face, and after about 30 seconds, is helped away from the podium. end of clip.
holy shit, what just happened?
I wanted to know more. I kept checking my phone for a news notification.
was McConnell ok? I kept picking up my phone.
no alerts. not from the NY Times, nor the WaPo, nor CNN, nor the BBC, nor anything from any of the news apps on my phone.
nothing from any reputable source. no hard facts. just a lot of speculation from the rabble on social media.
what the fuck is going on?
finally, about three hours later, we got some reporting from CNN.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that he’s “fine,” after freezing during a news conference on Wednesday.
He said nothing, and was led away from the press conference and toward his office by an aide. He returned to the news conference a few minutes later.
so, Mitch is ok.
but where are facts? what happened? did a doctor check him out? did he go to the hospital afterwards? is there a diagnosis? hello, journalists? is anybody home?
all we have is McConnell’s say-so that he’s “fine.”
excuse me, but WHY THE KID GLOVES TREATMENT FOR MOSCOW MITCH?
imagine the media reaction if, say, Joe Biden did something like fall off his bike.
actually, you don’t have to imagine.
Joe, rather physically fit for his 81 years, did fall off his bike. and then he got right back on and rode away — and the media had a fucking field day. it should have been a two-sentence story, but it was in the news for a week afterwards. the press literally would not shut the fuck up about it.
but Mitch McConnell? he gets a pass. why? he’s the same age as Joe Biden, and seemingly in much poorer health.
remember when McConnell fell down in his hotel room and was absent from the Senate for six weeks?
after the initial reporting, the press dropped the story. nothing, not a word, until his return.
and — hang on, stop the presses:
holy shit, what?
McConnell fell in Reagan Airport two weeks ago, and uses a fucking wheelchair to get around, and we’re just hearing about this now?
if McConnell hadn’t frozen up yesterday, would this new reporting even have come out?
everywhere he goes, Mitch McConnell is surrounded by press. what, were they all out for coffee when this happened?
where is the wall-to-wall coverage? where is the speculation over McConnell’s health? where are the calls for him to step down?
and wait — McConnell also fell in Finland, last February, and we’re just learning about this today?
may I point out that McConnell is an elected official, and as such, we have a right to know everything about his medical status?
imagine if Joe Biden fell down. once again, you don’t have to imagine. holy shit, there’s even a fucking web site that tracks Biden’s every stumble.
I shit you not:
but Mitch McConnell? sorry, we don’t talk about Mitch. that would be rude.
know who else gets a free pass on his health? Donald Trump, a guy who is one shard of arterial plaque away from a major health event.
never mind that Joe Biden is physically fit and Trump is a deteriorating old hulk whose heart would explode if he had to walk a hundred yards. it’s Biden who gets all the “is he too old to run” speculation.
and it’s not just Biden. the press won’t leave John Fetterman alone. like clockwork, Nancy Pelosi is constantly asked when she’s going to resign.
but Republicans? never a word.
come on, media. do your job.
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