- The Washington Post published an op ed by columnist Dana Milbank on December 3, titled: ‘The media treats Biden as bad – or worse – than Trump’
- The column raised questions about media coverage of Biden, and on Monday Milbank appeared on CNN to argue that Biden was being treated unfairly.
- It emerged on Tuesday evening that the White House had sent a team of three people to speak to the newsroom and encourage more favorable coverage.
- CNN reported that the three – NEC deputy directors David Kamin and Bharat Ramamurthy, have started a PR campaign with ports envoy John Porkari.
- Some on social media believed Biden’s coverage was inappropriate and news organizations were just sensationalizing, but others laughed it off.
Three senior White House officials have launched a campaign to persuade newsroom officials to be more friendly in their coverage of President Joe Biden, according to a Tuesday night report.
According to CNN’s media correspondent, Oliver Darcy, the trio – National Economic Council deputy director David Kamin and Bharat Ramamurthy, along with Ports Envoy John Porcari – have been “briefing major newsrooms for the past week”.
Darcy, in her News bulletinsaid his outreach was born out of concern that Biden was not being treated fairly.
Darcy wrote: ‘Officers are discussing newsroom trends related to job creation, economic growth, supply chain, and more.
‘The basic argument that has been made: that the country’s economy is in much better shape than it was last year.
‘I am told that the conversations with anchors and journalists and producers to speak with executives have been fruitful.’
Joe Biden’s administration has sent a team to try to persuade the newsroom to be more positive in its coverage of the president.
The Biden administration has dispatched port envoy John Pocari (left); David Kamin (centre) and Bharat Ramamurthy (right), both deputy directors of the National Economic Council, to garner support for his administration
His lobbying came as, on December 3, Washington Post columnist Dana Bash wrote an op ed titled: ‘The media treats Biden as badly – or worse – than Trump. Here is the proof.’
Milbanks said he had become suspicious of the torrent of negative headlines about Biden, and launched a study.
He asked information company FiscalNote’s data analysis unit Forge.ai to do a ‘sentiment analysis’ of 200,000 articles by looking at 65 news websites ranging from newspapers to wire services and political publications and searching for adjectives.
Milbanks said data from Forge.ai showed the media was treating Biden worse than Donald Trump.
He wrote, ‘My colleagues in the media are working as aides in the murder of democracy.’
On Monday, Milbanks appeared on CNN to defend his theory.
Dana Milbanks appears on Monday to defend his suggestion that Biden is being treated unfairly
“August was a turning point,” he told host Brianna Keeler.
Biden’s coverage was more favorable than Trump’s before then. It was honeymoon.
Even since then things have generally improved, but the coverage has not improved.
Milbanks said: ‘It’s not prejudice. These are the actual words we are using.
“So we are negative on Joe Biden as a collective media, if not more so than we were on Donald Trump at the time he was trying to overthrow democracy.
‘This is a tremendous indictment of the entire industry.’
Milbank said journalists working in the US need to “soul-search and see what we are delivering”.
He said: ‘A real problem is when we are as hostile because one man does not pass a bill, as we are when one man is trying to overthrow democracy.’
Milbank’s article was greeted with approval from the highest levels in the White House.
Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klein tweeted this with the comment: ‘Submitted for your consideration.’
The outreach of all three has probably paid dividends.
At the end of November, Columbus Dispatch Published an op ed under the headline: ‘Opinion: It’s time to give Joe Biden his due’.
William Derro, a visiting columnist in the paper and former DNC treasurer, detailed how, under Biden, the economy was booming; The epidemic was being fought successfully; Companies were flourishing; And families were benefiting.
‘Despite many detractors, under the administration of President Joe Biden, the economy of the United States is not only on a path of tremendous growth, but thanks to a number of legislative and administrative measures, is on its way to being less tricked down and more bottom-up. .’
Dero concluded: ‘Maybe it’s time to give Joe his due. He really is a capitalist. But he is a kind man who believes in the power of the government to help fill in the gaps and move forward those who are left behind.
Wired columnist Virginia Heffernan, who has been vocally anti-Trump throughout her time in office, tweeted Sunday: ‘Biden has the highest job creation rate of any president.’
Former Barack Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, who now runs media company Crooked Media, told his 1.4 million followers that they should read an article by his co-founder Dan Pfeiffer titled: ‘The Dangers of the Democratic Doom Loop’.
Favreau said: ‘It’s worth a read from @danpfeiffer.
‘There are only two options here: give up on doom and give up, or keep trying to fight your way through it. The former guarantees a poor result. The latter gives us a chance.
On Monday, MSNBC’s Ari Melber tweeted on the subject of Biden being treated unfairly: ‘While the AP reports on “sluggish” jobs reports under President Biden, they “stronger” a similar number under Trump. said.
CNBC’s Thomas Frank also wrote one on Monday one down Headline: ‘Wall Street economists believe Biden’s Build Back Better bill will become law – and boost infrastructure firms’.
Frank wrote glowingly of ‘the vast administration environment, Wall Street’s faith in the health care and education bill’.
Analyzing recent market reports, he said: ‘Economists at Goldman Sachs, Evercore ISI, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan have written in recent weeks that they believe it is a matter of time until The Senate does not pass Biden’s Build Back Better law.
“This could mean a boom in business for some of the biggest construction and materials companies in the country,” he says.
CNN on Tuesday famous: ‘Finally some relief: Gasoline and natural gas prices are falling’, adding that Americans should be pleased with the news.
On social media, some welcomed that what they said was finally being called attention to an overlooked anti-Biden bias.
One said, “Nowadays MSM acts as an opinion piece for ratings.
‘so frustrating. Biden is doing a great job, and his press is very negative,’ another added.
Another observed: ‘It’s not fair and balanced, no matter what the outlet. They need to educate the public about the policies being developed by each party and how it affects the lives of voters. Then they can objectively analyze what each party is doing for voters. Take hold of his pearl from it.’
Still others scoffed at the news of the outreach.
“Biden’s policies are so popular he’s begging MSM to do a better job of lying about it,” said one person.
Biden’s handlers called on MSM to ask for a better spin on his policies and a more positive image of him. They all lie,’ another commenter said.
Another laughingly tweeted a photo of a man in sombrero, captioned: ‘Left says MSM is harder on Biden than Trump…’