The media was duly aflutter when Maureen Dowd broke the “news” in her August 1 column that Beau Biden had, on his deathbed, implored his father to run for president. This tidbit could obviously only have been leaked to Dowd by Vice President Biden either directly or indirectly.
However, the media has been quiet about an astonishing revelation from last night’s softball 60 Minutes interview with the vice president: he claimed that “nothing like that ever, ever happened.”
Does Maureen Dowd feel ashamed at being used so cynically by Biden, uncritically lapping up his spin? It’s ghoulish enough that she would serve as the mouthpiece for a cunning politician whose only possible motive for reporting such an anecdote could have been to gain political points from his family tragedy.
Is she now wallowing in the ignominy of being sold out when Biden decided it would be in his interest to shift the narrative? Does she feel foolish at all? Will she think twice the next time an unseemly liberal requests to exploit her influence to do his own bidding? Kudos to Biden for playing the pliant liberal media like a fiddle; shame on Maureen Dowd for serving as his sycophant.