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Politics Get over it, the media isn't going to give Joe Biden a free ride (Opinion)

23:45  01 march  2021
23:45  01 march  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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Joe Lockhart writes in response to progressive criticism that the media is being too harsh on President Joe Biden and his new administration, as well as the decision to cease airing White House briefings daily.

It would be easier to know what to do with Tara Reade’s accusation that Joe Biden sexually assaulted her if her tale were But, absent other accusations, that is not going to happen. Reade seems almost engineered in a lab to inspire Reade’s account of giving up a career in politics, like her stories about Biden , has shifted over time. Access more of The Times by creating a free account or logging in.

Over the past few weeks, progressive activists have lit up Twitter over the media's criticism of President Joe Biden. There have even been loud complaints that the White House briefing is no longer consistently covered live by the cable networks, as if the media is somehow trying to silence the President and his spokesperson.

Jen Psaki et al. looking at a screen: WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a daily press briefing at the White House on January 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. Later on Monday afternoon, President Joe Biden will sign an executive order aimed at boosting American manufacturing and strengthening the federal government's © Drew Angerer/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a daily press briefing at the White House on January 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. Later on Monday afternoon, President Joe Biden will sign an executive order aimed at boosting American manufacturing and strengthening the federal government's "Buy American" rules. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

I have some advice for my progressive friends -- get over it. If you expected the press to fall in love with President Biden because he is better than Trump -- he is -- you were always going to be disappointed. And for those who think the briefing should be on live every day, that would mean things were going badly at the White House, not well.

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Political discussion requires varied opinions . Well written and interesting content can be worthwhile, even if you disagree with it . That's bullshit, you're really going to get me to believe that only 5 people, 2 of which never stood a chance The point is more about making the case that Joe Biden isn ' t as "electable" in the general as most Oh, I am going to vote for who I vote for in the primary.

Let me take these two related things one at a time. The media was never going to fall in love with Biden. And, after a short period, they were not going to judge him against Trump's performance. There can be no real doubt that Biden is doing a better job as President than Trump. But what the media will judge him on going forward is how well does he do against the many promises he made in the campaign -- not his record compared to Trump.

I often complain that some reporters who cover politics really don't understand how politics and government work. On the flip side, I have to admit that many political activists, especially progressive activists, don't understand how reporters work. It is that misunderstanding that foments much of the hostility between the media and activists. Further, I've never worked for a politician who thought they got good press, nor have I worked with a reporter who believed they were getting enough access to the President or other politicians.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris greet each other during a campaign stop in Detroit on March 9.Credit Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters. The summer is heating up and, with it , the Democratic Veepstakes. Only a progressive leadership team (Bernie Sanders, Andrew Bacevich, Senator Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, Alan Grayson, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Arnold Schwarzenegger — heading the E.P.A. as a token bipartisan establishment pick) could reassure me that a Biden administration will act to seriously address the economic and foreign policy crises that have resulted

Dean Obeidallah writes that the viral Fox News video of Biden biking and joking devastastes President Donald Trump's claims that the former vice president lacks the stamina for the presidency -- and suggests that Biden should challenge Trump to a bike ride rather than agree to a fourth debate.

The mainstream media, in my opinion, does not have a liberal or a conservative bent. Their ideology is an activist one. If there is a problem in this country, they assume the government should figure out how to fix it. The media is drawn to action and decisiveness and punishes dithering and, at times, thoughtful deliberation.

In my time as press secretary, I was repeatedly pushed on why decisions had not yet been made, particularly on matters of foreign policy and national security -- our efforts behind the scenes, even when fruitful, could look ineffective during the process.

They are also trained to not believe what they are told and to demand proof of everything -- a kind of guilty until proven innocent. Why are they like that? Because they don't always get it straight from politicians and government officials, including progressive ones.

Journalists are trained to be skeptical and look for multiple sources to confirm information. They seek evidence when possible, and do not rely on any one person's word. For those who think it's all like Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, meeting sources in a parking garage to take down former President Richard Nixon, take a closer look at history and see how they pieced together important information from an enormous number of sources.

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1:17 Joe Biden finally agreed to address Tara Reid's credible accusations on MSNBC's Morning Joe . 1:25 So we're gonna break down Joe Biden 's body language along with other evidence to find out if he's actually guilty of these serious allegations. 1:35 Remember, although Joe Biden has the most amount of Delegates in the Democratic primary. 6:00 We rely on clusters timing and patterns not just one signal or a random nose touch by pulling it all together gives us a more accurate read of how he's feeling and what's really going on Joe seems to remember a claim like that being filed against them.

And it gave Booker the grist to portray Biden as a shifty opportunist. “You can’ t have it both ways,” Booker said. “You invoke President Obama more than anybody in this campaign. And yet Biden didn’ t seem ready for that matchup himself. I kept looking for an assurance that he couldn’ t deliver, listening for a lyricism that he couldn’ t manage, praying for a sign that after two miserably failed presidential candidacies, the third time would be the charm for Biden and our amulet against Trump.

The process, though, generally does not make for great movies or entertainment. It is painstaking and a lot like watching the sausage being made -- good results but not a process you want to see all the way through very often.

Not all reporters are good at their jobs. Some are more interested in click bait, front-page placement, or getting on TV to promote their careers. But most reporters I've known work hard, are fair and are in the business for the right reason -- to hold public officials accountable.

So, how does the briefing and live coverage fit into all this? Progressives were outraged that Trump's press secretaries were given a live television platform to lie for the then-President. They believed this helped him and his cause. So, they believe that when Jen Psaki gets up and tells the truth, that too should get live TV coverage. I think they are wrong on both accounts.

Kayleigh McEnany was worth live TV because every day was a crisis in the Trump White House. While her briefings may have served an audience of one, Trump's drubbing at the polls, losing by almost 7 million votes, demonstrated the communication strategy as flawed and inadequate in my opinion. In fact, the briefings, when they were held, showed the media doing their jobs -- pinning her down on lies and holding them accountable.

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For these reasons it's good news that news networks choose not to show Psaki every day (it should be noted that Psaki was a CNN political commentator. In reality, it means the media hasn't had to aggressively fact check her, and the inner workings of the government are not dramatic on a day-to-day basis. She does not approach it as 45 minutes of entertainment. Quite the opposite: she views it as a repeatable way to make sure the press and the public know what the President is up to.

From the White House's perspective, the sausage making of gathering news is not something that really helps Biden. The back and forth in the briefing room is a battle between the White House providing context around events and the media, which is trying to find out what is going on. Reporters' jobs are to push hard on everything to find inconsistencies, omissions and misstatements. It's not pretty for either side and looking in from the outside it's much more hostile seeming than it really is. Knowing all that, why would the Biden Administration want that verbal jousting on air instead of the words directly from the President?

Skeptical reporters are doing their jobs. There is sometimes even justifiable hostility on both sides. But that's the way it should work. Reporters are not there to be friends to politicians or to promote their causes. Anything less would be a disservice to the American people. And talented press secretaries, like Psaki, can measure their success often in ways the public does not see on live television.

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  Biden’s Quiet Style Belies Ambitions Beyond Undoing Trump Legacy (Bloomberg) -- The new U.S. president starts his days with an early morning workout in the gym of the White House residence, watching MSNBC or CNN, and ends them at a reasonable hour often with a bowl of Breyers chocolate chip ice cream. He doesn’t read Twitter unless someone shows him a tweet, and the posts at his own accounts are written by other people and almost never make news. He pores through briefing books, his aides say, beginning about 7:30 a.m. on weekdays, and receives an intelligence briefing most every day. He requires masks in the White House.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Joe Lockhart © TORY WILLIAMS Joe Lockhart WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a daily press briefing at the White House on January 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. Later on Monday afternoon, President Joe Biden will sign an executive order aimed at boosting American manufacturing and strengthening the federal government's © Drew Angerer/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a daily press briefing at the White House on January 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. Later on Monday afternoon, President Joe Biden will sign an executive order aimed at boosting American manufacturing and strengthening the federal government's "Buy American" rules. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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