One of the causes of tension and consternation during the last 4 years was that numerous Americans were carefully seeing their federal government at work for the first time. As they witnessed the daily they count on the media to inform them of what was typical and what was outrageous.
The voices at the nationwide media outlets discovered President Donald Trump to be ideologically and behaviorally repugnant and never completely recuperated from his upset win over Hillary Clinton, so the majority of the occasions in and around the administration were covered as being outrageous, beyond the pale and dreadful.
The media remained in crisis mode and they planned to ensure the American public shared in their discomfort.
Day after day the administration was stated to be breaking standards, disgracing the office and tearing at the material of our democracy.
Trump's dismissal of masks was seen as careless and damaging, his gratuitous photo ops were presented as vile marketing opportunities and his press secretary's absence of straightforwardness and cunning doublespeak defiled the structure and damaged the very concept of reality.
Joe Biden has been president for less than a week. Soon after being sworn in he signed a pile of executive orders, consisting of a mandate that a mask should be worn while on federal property.
The order read that, “people in Federal structures and on Federal lands should all wear masks, preserve physical range, and stick to other public health procedures, as supplied in CDC guidelines.”
In truth, the president even shot out a note from his new Twitter account.
“Wearing masks isn't a partisan problem,” the tweet read. “It's a patriotic act that can save many lives. That's why I signed an executive order today issuing a mask required on federal home. It's time to mask up, America.”
Sadly, simply hours after signing the mask mandate Biden was seen presenting for pictures, unmasked, at the Lincoln Memorial alongside his unmasked family. The Lincoln Memorial is federal home.
The next day, new White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked why the president thought it was appropriate and responsible to go maskless on federal home just hours after having actually signed a mask required restricting such behavior.
“He was celebrating an evening of a historical day in our country. And definitely he signed the mask required because it's a way to send out a message to the American public about the value of wearing masks, how it can save tens of thousands of lives.
“We take a variety of COVID safety measures, as you understand here, in terms of screening, social distancing, mask wearing ourselves, as we do each and every single day. However I don't know that I have more for you on it than that.”
Asked by the reporter if Biden was setting a bad example, Psaki responded to: “I believe the power of his example is likewise the message he sends out by signing 25 executive orders, consisting of practically half of them associated to COVID; the requirements that we're all under each and every single day here to ensure we're sending out that message to the general public. The other day was a historical minute in our history … I think we have big– bigger problems to worry about at this minute in time.”
To put it simply, she stated absolutely nothing.
We had a glaring example of the president dismissing his own mask required in the midst of the pandemic, engaging in an unjustified media event and a press secretary evading, obfuscating and being anything however forthright with a press reporter.
Because a lot of media attire cover Biden like they cover the house team, we've been spared apocalyptic headings and hysterical broadcasts, hyperbolic web stories and worried social media posts.
That is an advantage. Yes, Biden took part in reckless, hypocritical habits and his press secretary avoided accountability by drowning a press reporter with empty words however it is not the end of the world. It wasn't with the 45th president and it's not now with the 46th.