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Biden’s first 100 days: Ten times the media completely fawned over the new presidency

President Biden has been having fun with an prolonged honeymoon interval from the media over his first 100 days in workplace. 

Despite the occasional information cycle the place the Biden administration confronted robust questions, the press has been largely supportive of the forty sixth president. 

In honor of the milestone date in the Biden presidency, listed here are ten highlights of media fawning over the Democratic commander-in-chief. 

Biden’s Inauguration 

Right out of the gate, media members could not include their pleasure whereas masking Biden’s inauguration. 

“He is the Better Angels president,” NBC News anchor Chuck Todd declared. “Joe Biden believes — he’s eternally optimistic, he’s not cynical … he’s never cynical. He still believes that the better angels exist. And it was such an important moment.”

MEDIA FAWNS OVER BIDEN’S ‘BEAUTIFUL’ ADDRESS TO CONGRESS: ‘ASTONISHED’ HOW HIS PRESIDENCY ‘CHANGED’ LIVES

Todd’s MSNBC colleague Joy Reid gushed over what she referred to as a “love story” between the president and First Lady Jill Biden. 

“What a great love story between Jill Biden and Joe Biden and the way that she helped his family recover from tragedy, you know, to bring Joe back from what he lost,” Reid mentioned. “It’s a wonderful story, and we haven’t had a love story in the White House in four years.”

Correspondents on ABC and CBS steered Biden’s inaugural deal with was a spiritual expertise, one evaluating it to a “church service” with a president as the “priest,” noting how “after a good sermon, the congregation doesn’t want to go home.”

LIBERAL PBS REPORTER GUSHES BIDEN PERCEIVED AS ‘MORAL, DECENT MAN’ DURING IMMIGRATION QUESTION

Liberal CNN White House correspondent John Harwood took to Twitter and outlined what he indicated the modifications can be from President Trump to President Biden, from “lies” to “truth,” “ignorance” to “knowledge,” “amorality” to “decency,” “cruelty” to empathy,” and “corruption” to “public service.”

CNN’s head of communications Matt Dornic took the fanfare to the next level that night while watching the fireworks display on the National Mall. 

“This crew really understands optics. These photos will encourage our pals and shake our foes,” Dornic tweeted.

Politico praises the “largely gaffe-free” administration 

Politico’s Transition Playbook, which billed itself as a “information to the first 100 days of the Biden administration,” questioned whether the new president, who has a reputation as a “gaffe machine,” has become a “disciplined messenger.” 

“Two and a half months in, that’s undoubtedly the case,” Politico answered its own question. “The president to date has shocked a few of his former colleagues and allies with a largely gaffe-free White House debut after a lifetime of verbal stumbles.”

As the article itself famous, Biden hadn’t held a proper press convention at the time since he took workplace and the president had not made himself broadly obtainable to reporters.

CNN ‘FACT-CHECKER’ PRAISES BIDEN AS ‘GENERALLY FACTUAL,’ CALLS INACCURACIES ‘SLIPS RATHER PURPOSEFUL LIES’

“Biden’s press availability has been restricted — each an try and synthesize the comms technique and an implicit recognition that an prolonged interview or press convention poses new dangers,” Politico later acknowledged. 

On Twitter, Politico attempted to summarize its latest Playbook entry, writing, “Two and a half months in, President Biden has shocked a few of his former colleagues and allies with a largely gaffe-free White House debut after a lifetime of verbal stumbles.”

The media’s so-called “fact-checkers”

Some of the media’s most prominent “fact-checkers” haven’t solely given President Biden the good thing about the doubt for varied falsehoods however have additionally gone out of their approach to reward his truthfulness. 

MSNBC’S BRIAN WILLIAMS DECRIES BEING ‘ROBBED’ OF ‘MAJESTY AND POMP’ AHEAD OF SCALED-DOWN ADDRESS

“Biden has been usually factual to date, particularly in scripted remarks,” CNN’s star “fact-checker” Daniel Dale tweeted back in March. “Where he has been inaccurate, it has typically been when he has been making an attempt off the cuff to discuss with numbers he doesn’t have nailed down.”

Dale was even more charitable in his “fact-check” of the president’s interview with ABC News, in which Dale outlined “three statistical claims” that were “unsuitable.”

“The context round two of those inaccurate claims suggests they could have been slips somewhat than purposeful lies,” he said. “Still, it is our job to right the document when the President is inaccurate.”

NEW YORK TIMES SLAMMED FOR GLOWING COVERAGE OF BIDEN INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN: ‘STRAIGHT-UP PROPAGANDA’

CNN’s go-to fact-checker appeared to dismiss one of Biden’s more overt falsehoods from Wednesday’s joint address to Congress as an “ad-lib.” 

“Biden’s ‘I traveled over 17,000 miles with’ Xi Jinping declare is extraordinarily inaccurate, as WaPo has proven. He’s spent a number of time with Xi, however that ‘miles’ quantity may be very false. That was an ad-lib; Biden’s textual content has been very factual, however he simply began talkin’ for a second,” Dale tweeted. 

Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler similarly downplayed a falsehood Biden stated during a CNN town hall back in February when the president claimed, “We did not have the vaccine once we got here into workplace.”

“It was a verbal stumble, a typical Biden gaffe,” Kessler tweeted, urging the president’s critics to “cool the outrage meter.”

Kessler, who did hammer Biden with “Four Pinocchios” over his repeated falsehoods about Georgia’s election reform bill, threw in the towel on maintaining a database of the president’s misleading claims after counting “67” in his first 100 days, (which he later updated to 78 to include his address to Congress). He operated a fact-checking database throughout the Trump presidency.  

“Here’s the Biden database — which we don’t plan to increase past 100 days. I’ve discovered my lesson,” Kessler tweeted on Monday.

CNN EXEC ROASTED FOR DECLARING BIDEN’S INAUGURATION FIREWORKS ‘INSPIRE OUR FRIENDS AND SHAKE OUR FOES’

He defined, “‘Learned my lesson’ implies that who is aware of what the subsequent 4 years will carry. We have fact-checked Biden rigorously and can proceed to take action. Trump at 500 claims/100 days was manageable; 8,000+ was not.” 

Associated Press tout’s Biden’s “public empathy”

The Associated Press raised eyebrows with its report about President Biden’s trip to Texas following the deadly winter weather that impacted the Lone Star State. 

“President Joe Biden’s public empathy is on show on his journey to a serious catastrophe web site since he took workplace a bit of over a month in the past,” the AP began the report. “The president and his spouse, Jill, are in Texas to survey injury brought on by extreme winter climate and to encourage folks to get their coronavirus pictures.”

POLITICO KNOCKED ON TWITTER AFTER PRAISING BIDEN FOR ‘LARGELY GAFFE-FREE’ START TO ADMINISTRATION

Following viral backlash, the AP modified its lead paragraph to learn, “President Joe Biden heard firsthand from Texans clobbered by this month’s brutal winter climate on Friday and pledged to stay with them ‘for the lengthy haul’ as he made his first journey to a serious catastrophe space since he took workplace.”

CNN’s groundbreaking reporting on Biden’s “early bedtime”

The network that prides itself on “information first” published quite the exposé in February about President Biden’s “routine.”

“As Biden settles right into a job he has been looking for on-and-off for 3 a long time, the every day routine of being president – with a phalanx of Secret Service brokers, common updates on the nation’s prime secrets and techniques and an ever-present press corps – has come extra naturally for him than for his newer predecessors,” CNN reported. “Unlike his most up-to-date predecessors – night time owls who spent the darkish hours studying briefing supplies (President Barack Obama) or watching tv (President Donald Trump) – Biden is extra of an early-to-bed kind.”

“More so than any current first couple, Joe and Jill Biden have demonstrated a publicly affectionate relationship, one which extends to personal moments spent collectively in the White House residence,” the piece fawned over the president and First Lady. “Jill Biden not too long ago noticed the President off with a kiss earlier than his first flight aboard Marine One.”

CNN also highlighted Biden’s bonding with his granddaughters in an arcade over “Mario Kart” at Camp David. 

PBS’ Yamiche Alcindor: Biden’s a ”moral, decent man”

PBS NewsHour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor was maybe Biden’s largest cheerleader at his first formal press convention in March. 

“You’ve said over and over again that immigrants shouldn’t come to this country right now … That message is not being received,” Alcindor advised the president. “Instead, the perception of you that got you elected as a moral, decent man is the reason a lot of immigrants are coming to this country and are trusting you with unaccompanied minors.”

Alcindor went on to ask him how he was going to “resolve the tension” at the border and the way his administration will “choose” which migrant households keep and go. 

Alcindor additionally has a historical past of granting anonymity to her White House “sources” as a way to push pro-Biden speaking factors.

The PBS reporter has quoted sources on background to reward Biden Cabinet nominees trash the Trump administration’s vaccine rollout, and provides constructive framing of Biden’s remarks. It’s way more frequent for a reporter’s sources to go on background to talk critically about their place of job, somewhat than push commonplace speaking factors.

Alcindor even pushed the debunked claim on MSNBC that the Biden administration was “starting from scratch” with the vaccine rollout in January. 

“The number-one thing that I hear from my sources when I say how bad is it, is it worse than you thought it was when it comes to former President Trump’s response to the virus, literally 9 out of 10 times they say it’s worse than we could’ve ever imagined,” she mentioned on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House.”

“What you have is a Biden administration that is, as Vice President Harris said, starting from scratch, and that is really, really hard,” Alcindor added. 

WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin scolds reporters for his or her “tough” therapy of Biden at his first press convention

While it is broadly believed {that a} free press is supposed to carry the authorities accountable, Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin took the reverse route with a bit chastising the media over what she steered was their harsh therapy of President Biden at his first press convention. 

“After weeks of whining, the White House press corps got its first official Biden presidential news conference on Thursday,” Rubin started her column, titled “Biden excels at his first news conference. The media embarrass themselves.”

Rubin complained about the reporters who pressed Biden on the border disaster, writing “the repeated questions on the same topic were tiresome and a poor use of precious time.”

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“Try as they might to seem ‘tough,’ the media did not succeed in knocking Biden off message,” Rubin praised the president. “Biden spoke in great detail and length to show not only his mastery of the issues but also to suck tension and conflict out of the room. He simply would not be lured into accepting a false premise devised by Republicans.”

MEDIA FAWNS OVER BIDEN THROUGHOUT INAUGURATION DAY: ‘BOY, DID THEY LAY IT ON THICK’

“The media did not distinguish themselves. By asking about immigration multiple times and echoing the false narrative that Biden had created a ‘surge,’ they showed they were more interested in sound bites than actual news,” the Post columnist continued. “Their failure to ask about the pandemic, the recession, anti-Asian violence, climate change or even infrastructure (Biden had to bring it up himself) was nothing short of irresponsible. They pleaded for a news conference and then showed themselves to be unserious. They never laid a glove on Biden; they did, however, make the case for why these events are an utter waste of the president’s time.”

The New York Times’ ‘straight-up propaganda’ selling Biden’s infrastructure plan

In early April, after President Biden unveiled his $2 trillion infrastructure plan, The New York Times ran what critics referred to as “straight-up propaganda” with front-page reporting that appeared to help the administration somewhat than inform readers. 

“BIDEN PLAN STRESSES JOBS, ROADS AND GROWTH” the prime headline learn. 

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Other headlines revealed on the homepage embody “$2 Trillion for ‘Once in Generation’ Fix on Infrastructure,” “Big Bet: Fighting Climate Change Will Add to Work Force,” and “Tax Pitch Challenges G.O.P. Notions on Lifting Economy.”

CNN hails Biden for making US the “global leader in vaccinations”

CNN was equally accused of publishing “credulous Biden propaganda” for a report that gave the president absolute credit score for the vaccine rollout whereas completely disregarding the COVID response from the Trump administration. 

In the piece titled, “How the US went from having one of the worst Covid responses to being a global leader in vaccinations under Biden,” CNN praised the Biden administration’s “wartime effort” to get tens of millions of Americans vaccinated. 

LIBERAL PBS WHITE HOUSE REPORTER ALLOWS ‘SOURCES’ TO ANONYMOUSLY PUSH PRO-BIDEN TALKING POINTS

“The effort, described to CNN during in-depth interviews with three of the administration’s top Covid advisers and two other White House officials, has allowed the US to go from having one of the worst Covid responses in the world to being a global leader in getting shots in arms,” CNN wrote on Monday. “To turn it around, Biden’s team brought a fresh urgency and a desire to lean on the scientific experts who had been ignored so much in the previous year.

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“Ever since January 20, there was a dispute between present administration officers and ones from the final over precisely what plans for vaccine distribution the Trump administration had left its successor,” CNN continued, alluding to its debunked reporting that the Biden administration was “ranging from scratch” with the vaccine rollout.

As critics noted, the CNN report made no mention of Operation Warp Speed, which successfully produced three vaccines under the Trump administration. 

Biden’s address to Congress

Like at his inauguration, President Biden was inundated with glowing press following his first joint address to Congress. 

As the conservative Media Research Center demonstrated, the liberal networks often described Biden’s speech using the same description as “massive,” “daring,” and “bold,” some even using the term “common.”

“Hearing all of it laid out, it is fairly astonishing how a lot has tangibly modified in Americans’ lives in the first 100 days of this presidency,” Time correspondent Charlotte Alter reacted. “More than one million new jobs. $1400 checks. And most significantly, vaccines now obtainable to each America.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS SLAMMED FOR DECLARING BIDEN’S ‘EMPATHY WILL BE ON FULL DISPLAY’ IN STORY ABOUT TEXAS TRIP

“It’s truthfully genuinely uncommon {that a} President can provide a speech like this 99 days into his time period and level to this scale of feat,” MSNBC host Chris Hayes tweeted. “Some of that’s the good luck of timing, however they’ve made guarantees, after which stored them on the largest stuff they ran on.”

Hayes continued, “Again, a few of that is good timing, however the jobs numbers he is touting now are literally unprecedented. And a lot of the criticism on the proper/enterprise press is that the economic system is rising too quick!”

Hayes’ colleague, MSNBC anchor Brian Williams, praised Biden’s “use of tone” and that his “voice modulation was somewhat extraordinary.”

“The Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell declared “each single sentence had a really clear level to it” and “each line of it had that Biden humility in it.” 

CNN, WASHINGTON POST FACT-CHECKERS EXPLAIN AWAY BIDEN VACCINATIONS ‘GAFFE’ AT TOWN HALL 

ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz insisted Biden “is basically making an attempt to carry the nation collectively. It was a ‘Make America Feel Good’ night time.”

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell called it a “outstanding speech” and praised Biden’s “ardour” for things like human rights. 

CNN commentator Van Jones called Biden’s speech “stunning” and argued he was selling “constructive populism.”

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CNN political analyst Gloria Borger bashed Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who gave the GOP rebuttal to the president’s address for “refusing to present Joe Biden any credit score on COVID-19” while MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace similarly argued “Operation Warp Speed did not do something to get a needle in the arms.”

BONUS: President Biden picks up weed for First Lady, media swoons 

President Biden went viral on Thursday as he picked up a dandelion from the White House garden and gave it to his spouse whereas strolling to Marine One earlier than their journey to Atlanta. 

CBS News correspondent Weijia Jiang shared a video of the gesture whereas Washington Post reporter Matt Viser posted images. 

ABC News, NBC News, CSPAN, and E! News additionally tweeted about it whereas retailers like The Hill and Yahoo wrote experiences about the alternate. 

Fox News’ Brian Flood and David Rutz contributed to this report. 

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