Joe Biden recently underwent a root canal surgery, a routine dental procedure that has garnered significant corporate media attention. Fox News and Brian Kilmeade devoted a segment of Fox News Tonight, formerly Tucker Carlson Tonight, to the tooth.
In the midst of pressing national issues, the focus on Joe Biden’s dental health raises eyebrows and sparks a conversation about news priorities.
Fox News Tonight, for example, offered substantial media coverage of this trivial matter.
“The breaking news is that the president’s teeth are real…I didn’t even know they were real!” Fox’s Jimmy Failla exclaimed.
Watch below as Fox News and Brian Kilmeade devote a segment to Joe Biden’s tooth:
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) June 13, 2023
Another commentator humorously speculated about the possibility of the tooth fairy leaving Ukrainian currency under Biden’s pillow, highlighting the irony of allocating substantial media coverage to a trivial matter while America is in need of a more balanced and thoughtful approach to news reporting on a national scale.
It is essential for news reporters to redirect the collective attention toward more substantial issues.
While the argument can be made that it is important to acknowledge and address the installed President’s health concerns especially when Presidential powers are even temporarily shifted, it is equally vital to maintain perspective. In the daily news cycle, the extensive coverage of a routine dental procedure appears disproportionate when compared to the magnitude of the crisis Americans actively face.
Issues such as LGBT child grooming, economic distress, lack of election integrity, and January 6th political prisoners are just a few of the pressing matters that warrant in-depth reporting and thoughtful analysis.
It’s the job of the news reporter to focus our collective attention on these significantly more substantial issues.
As responsible consumers of news, it is incumbent upon us to hold media outlets accountable and encourage them to uphold their responsibility of providing meaningful and relevant coverage.