12/06/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Joe Biden and the Press: A Case Study in the Absurd

It's worth noting how the treatment of Biden simply accentuated the Beltway press' glaring Achilles heel: its insatiable appetite for trivia and insistence on putting personality and style ahead of substance.

The irony was thick. The media loved pushing the Biden-says-nutty-things narrative. Yet the press whines incessantly about how scripted candidates are and that their interaction with voters out on the trail is phony and contrived.

Rather than reward Biden for being open and honest with voters --for being authentic and unscripted -- the press punished him for weeks on end, relentlessly painting Biden as a buffoon and a goof.

Of course, voters couldn't have cared less about Biden's so-called gaffes, especially not after he acquitted himself so well in his prime-time debate performance

Read the full Media Matters column here.