Friday, January 29, 2021

King to puppet


If you're not careful, you could spend the entire day writing about the Fair 'n' Balanced Network, but the salmon isn't going to roast itself, so here's a brief look at The Day In Biden on the Fox homepage. 

The left-hand tale (both are from the No. 3 position), around 10:30 a.m., suggests that your place on the monarchy-to-republic scale depends largely on who you are:

Biden’s orders have stopped construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border; reversed the ban on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military; reversed Trump’s travel ban on mostly Muslim countries; rejoined the World Health Organization, after Trump withdrew last year amid the pandemic; rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement, after Trump withdrew; restored the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in full, which Trump sought to get rid of; rolled back Trump environmental policies, like scrapping the contract for the Keystone XL Pipeline, and more.

By 5:30 p.m. or so, it's clear who's really in charge:

Advocates for the Green New Deal have praised the Biden administration for its early moves to address climate change, taking a victory lap after the president signed a slew of sweeping executive orders targeting the environment.

The array of directives that Biden signed include pausing new federal oil leases, rejoining the Paris climate agreement, eliminating lucrative subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, revoking permits for the Keystone XL Pipeline and converting the government's fleet of vehicles to electric power.

Again, if you're scoring along with your J2100 textbook and wondering about that news value of timeliness, the "have praised" is a little puzzling -- since most of the story is based on some two-day-old tweets from the usual suspects, it's hard to see why this couldn't have been ready in time to head off the coronation. But at least we've managed to get AOC on the front again.

The biggest difference between Fox's news side and Fox's commentary side since the Peaceful Transfer of Power, at least to date, seems to be that the news side thinks Biden was elected president. (I'm almost willing to predict that the website is also more likely to break the "fourth wall" -- to lean over and tell you what it really thinks -- over the past week, but that awaits more thorough testing.) Compared with the heavy lifting that both sides are doing for the party, any differences are really quite minor.

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