Most journalists do not want Gov. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) to be president. They would, however, very much like Pete “Boat Shoes” Buttigieg to be president. The media coverage of the two politicians reflects this preference. Sometimes it really is that simple.
CBS, for example, ran a dishonest 60 Minutes segment on Sunday attacking DeSantis for his vaccine rollout plan. The network implied that the governor acted nefariously by prioritizing the vaccination of senior citizens—the most at-risk demographic, according to science—and by partnering with a prominent supermarket chain to administer vaccines.
On the same day, the Associated Press published an egregious triple-bylined puff piece on Buttigieg’s efforts to save America by building bridges, both literally and figuratively. With the possible exception of Beto O’Rourke during his failed campaign for Senate, only Barack Obama has been on the receiving end of such obsequious coverage.
The piece begins with a dramatic lede, setting the scene for Buttigieg’s courageous decision to ride a bicycle home from the office like a total nerd:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg was a few weeks into his job as transportation secretary, buried in meetings and preparing for the launch of President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion public works plan, when evening arrived along with a time to try something new in Washington.
Instead of climbing into the back seat of a black SUV like most Cabinet secretaries, he headed to a bike-share rack. Helmet on, and with a couple of Secret Service agents flanking him, he pedaled the mile-long trip to his home in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
For readers who might be tempted to dismiss Buttigieg’s bike ride as a one-time stunt designed to bolster his “regular guy” image, the AP journos work quickly to disabuse them of the notion:
It wasn’t a one-time stunt. On Thursday, Buttigieg arrived at the White House for a Cabinet meeting on his two-wheeler. And that wasn’t his only “regular guy” moment. Dog park devotees in the District of Columbia have also seen him there, chatting up anyone from children to members of Congress such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
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