Edward-Isaac Dovere, a reporter for The Atlantic, did not deny coordinating a question about Trump’s “soul” with Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, which selected him to ask the first question during a rare press availability on Friday.
The Atlantic is the publication that published a story Thursday evening claiming that President Donald Trump had referred to Americans who died in the First World War as “losers” and “suckers.” The story was based on four anonymous sources. It has since been rejected or refuted by nearly a dozen on-the-record sources, including some Trump critics, like John Bolton.
Biden's staff called on Dovere first, and he dutifully served up a softball: “When you hear these remarks — ‘suckers,’ ‘losers,’ recoiling from amputees — what does it tell you about President Trump’s soul, and the life he leads?”
Keep in mind, the Atlantic is quoting it's own story here — an obvious hit piece that relied wholly on the word of two anonymous “sources” — to give Biden the opportunity to not only slander the president with false accusations, but also to let the shaky candidate get his feet wet with an easy one. Can you imagine how far ahead Trump would be if he was getting softballs instead of “gotchas” from the press? At what point does media sycophancy toward Biden become an in-kind contribution?
What's worse? There were no questions about Biden’s proposed economic policies — which, ostensibly, was the topic of the press conference, Breitbart reports.
If Trump started off a presser with Breitbart right after Breitbart unloaded a bomb on Biden, the media would FREAK OUT. But here Biden starts off a presser with The Atlantic right after they dropped a bomb on Trump....Isaac Dovere asks about Trump's dark soul! #collusion https://t.co/b9BMV7krkc— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) September 5, 2020
Many of the questions for Joe Biden after his remarks today consisted of reporters asking Biden to elaborate on how bad Trump is. A list (not exact quotes): pic.twitter.com/0ixZlVcItz— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 4, 2020
Reporter in name only @IsaacDovere just completely embarrassed himself asking Joe Biden this question: "What does it tell you about Donald Trump's soul?"— Trump War Room - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) September 4, 2020
I think Joe Biden found his new press secretary.— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) September 4, 2020
You outed yourself as a tool. https://t.co/9ghEUIAxO9— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) September 4, 2020
"Dovere asked: 'When you hear these remarks — "suckers," "losers," recoiling from amputees — what does it tell you about president Trump’s soul, and the life he leads?'” 🙄https://t.co/UEYNEFuL8s— Will Hirsch (@searchingthru) September 5, 2020
Trump-Hater John Bolton Debunks Anonymous Atlantic Hit Piece On Trump's Veterans Record https://t.co/c6iPPY3bRA— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) September 5, 2020
How convenient that in the same day the Atlantic puts out their fake hit piece, the Biden team already had ads teed up. https://t.co/xYpk9C8cg4— Ben Jammin 🇺🇸 (@xBenJamminx) September 5, 2020
I promise that you will have my vote if you can provide the names or even one name of a person that can substantiate and corroborate the Atlantic hit piece. Otherwise this is a pretty low attack ad without merit and should come down.— Warren Murray (@817bear) September 5, 2020
President Trump has personally paid for the funerals of fallen service members— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 4, 2020
He eliminated the world's deadliest terrorists responsible for the deaths of countless American soldiers
He reformed the VA for the soldiers who come home from war
I refuse to believe @TheAtlantic