The media fully embraced the newly launched presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden.
After months of teasing to the press, Biden finally made it official, kicking off his 2020 campaign Thursday with a video attacking President Trump for his remarks after the deadly protests to a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.
ABC News summarized Biden’s remarks by branding it as “progressive patriotism,” claiming the candidate is “pledging a fight on first principles.”
CBS News’s Norah O’Donnell touted the “core values” and “issues of character” Biden intends to take on against President Trump and seemed to have dismissed Trump’s “Sleepy Joe” nickname for the Democratic frontrunner.
“This is Uncle Joe. You know, Regular Joe from Scranton, Pennsylvania and the rust belt states and the white working class voters that Democrats lost in the last election,” O’Donnell told the panel.
NewsBusters reports that of the 26 minutes and 57 seconds of coverage the three broadcast networks dedicated to Biden’s campaign launch on their morning and evening news programs, less than two minutes covered Biden’s allegations of inappropriate touching made by several women just weeks ago. ABC News offered 50 seconds, NBC News gave 46 seconds, and CBS News spent only 16 seconds on the controversy.
None of the networks mentioned the various gaffes that have gotten Biden in trouble in the past.
Biden’s campaign launch also had "The View" co-hosts gushing. Joy Behar said she was “so touched” by the video. Abby Huntsman said Biden “nailed it” and that it gave her “chills throughout [her] entire body.”
“Even if you’re a Republican, you can’t watch that and not feel good about that,” Huntsman added.
“I had tears in my eyes. It choked me up literally,” Sunny Hostin said. “And when he said, ‘We at this moment of time are in a battle for the soul of our nation, for the soul of our nation,’ I felt those words in my soul because that’s what I see. I see so much hate and division and I believe that it comes from the top. I believe that we are hearing it from the White House and I don’t want to hear it anymore. [Trump] is setting the tone.”