A practicing physician, medical professor, and expert blasted the mainstream media for giving President Joe Biden a pass for his deteriorated mental capacity throughout his presidency.

The mainstream media’s long-term effort to downplay concerns about President Biden’s mental fitness encountered significant challenges following his recent debate with former President Donald Trump. On “Fox & Friends,” Dr. Marc Siegel criticized the media’s portrayal of Biden’s apparent “cognitive impairment” during the debate, arguing that referring to these incidents merely as “gaffes” could actually be detrimental to the president’s public image. His criticism reflects a broader debate about media bias and the handling of political figures’ public and private personas.

“We started pointing this out four years ago. I mean, the media is pointing it out now. With all due respect to George Stephanopoulos. I was talking about this with Sean Hannity four years ago,” Siegel said. “Because that’s when it looked like we were starting to see signs of what’s called mild cognitive impairment. To the public now it looks like it’s progressed more. We don’t know. I’m not his doctor. I haven’t examined him.”

“But there’s issues clearly with spatial orientation, with severe memory lapses,” he continued. “And another thing that the media did, which didn’t do him any favors, is call these gaffes. It’s not a gaffe if you have an error that’s related to something going on with your thinking, judgment, attention. These are really important things and the patient is always the last to know.”

On CNN’s “Laura Coates Live,” commentator Scott Jennings criticized Democratic governors last week for their continued support of Biden, labeling them as “complicit” in what he termed the “biggest cover-up” concerning Biden’s mental fitness. The discussion followed calls from some Democrats for Biden to step down as the party’s nominee after a disappointing debate performance.

Jennings highlighted the limited support from Biden’s immediate circle, while CNN host Laura Coates noted that 23 Democratic governors had shown their support by joining Biden at the White House on Wednesday.

“Once again, behind closed doors, Joe Biden rides unicycles and juggles knives — he looks real good behind closed doors! Let me tell you that‘s what we‘ve been hearing for three-and-a-half years. These governors are now participants in the biggest cover up in American political history,” said Jennings.

“The condition of Joe Biden has been hidden from us for three-and-a-half years, now these governors are complicit in it. We all saw with our own eyes Thursday night. We don‘t need governors to tell us behind closed doors he’s fine. I saw what I saw, and so did every other American,” Jennings added.

Prior to discussing the governors’ support, Jennings noted that the Trump campaign has remained silent on the topic, suggesting that this silence is strategically advantageous for them: “They’re doing exactly what they need to do, which is nothing. He’s running — Of his three campaigns, this is the best managed, best run campaign and it‘s obvious to me he wants to win.

“The way he conducted himself at the debate, the way he‘s handled the last few weeks. Remember coming out of that conviction in New York to right now has been the strongest period for Donald Trump‘s campaign,” Jennings continued. “He‘s got a cash infusion. He’s way up in the polls — the polls you showed tonight. I mean, if he wins the national popular vote by five or six points, you‘re talking about the house going bye-bye for Democrats, you‘re talking about Joe Biden dragging down maybe seven Senate seats we‘re in landslide territory if these polls hold.

“So Donald Trump is doing exactly what he needs to do and I don‘t have much to say beyond listening to Julie plead for the White House to do something. Except one thing, they [Democrats] don‘t have a messaging problem, they have a candidate problem,” he noted further. “Most Democrats seem to know that, the only people that don‘t know it are the Biden family. You got Jill Biden on the cover of Vogue, you got Hunter Biden now running White House senior staff meetings, apparently. I mean, it seems to me you‘re gonna have to drag these people out of the White House by the fingernails, Julie, I‘m sorry to tell you.”

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