Anonymous sources are tricky enough, but journalists simply have no business contriving dramatized scenes with dialogue and characters — describing their innermost thoughts and feelings with no attribution whatsoever. To do so is inherently deceptive.
On national television, Joe Biden went out of his way to correct the record: “Nothing like that ever, ever happened.” Nothing like that – and Maureen Dowd’s column, which set the tone of subsequent sensational coverage in the New York Times and everywhere else, was a lot like that.
Appearing on ’60 Minutes,’ Vice President Biden denied that the affecting deathbed scene between him and his older son Beau, as famously recounted by Maureen Dowd, had ever occurred.
Biden must choose his path, and soon. With each passing day, with each new story, Biden’s hesitation looks more like political calculation and less like grief.
Vice President Joe Biden stood silently beside his family, huddled in grief as Delaware’s elected officials offered words of tribute to the memory of his son Beau.
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Vice President Joe Biden’s son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, has died of brain cancer at age 46, it was announced Saturday night.