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The Biden administration has reportedly been meeting “behind the scenes” with reporters to “reshape their coverage” of the economic crisis, according to a CNN report published Monday night.
In the meetings, the White House has “briefed” major media “anchors, reporters and producers” on “trends related to job creation, economic growth, supply chains and more.”
The CNN report indicates that White House officials are reportedly attempting to “reshape to their advantage” coverage of the economy, seeking to publicize the premise that “the country is in much better shape than it was last year.” Such attempts are reportedly being led by National Economic Council Deputy Directors David Kamin and Bharat Ramamurti, as well as ports envoy John Porcari.
A new “honeymoon” between Biden and the media?
Interestingly, The Washington Post published an op-ed column on Friday in which its columnist Dana Milbank argued that the media has treated Biden “as badly or worse” than it treated Donald Trump.
Milbank wrote in her column that the media experienced a “honeymoon” during the first three months of Biden’s term, but turned against him after the fourth month.
Milbank thinks that her colleagues in the media are serving as accomplices in the “murder of democracy.” The text goes on to justify that Joe Biden has had “his problems” with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Afghanistan withdrawal and inflation, then goes on to praise the economy.
“But the economy is recovering impressively,” Milbank continues in his text. “[Biden] has signed important legislation and restored some degree of decency, calm and respect for democratic institutions.”
Both the CNN report and Milbank’s opinion see the light of day at a critical time for the Biden administration. Recent polls indicate that a majority of Americans disapprove of the Democratic president’s performance in almost every area, but especially on the economy.
A recent CBS News/YouGov poll indicates that 56% of Americans disapprove of President Biden’s overall performance, while 61% believe he has done a poor job handling the economy, 64% are unhappy with his immigration policies and 67% disapprove of his handling of inflation.