Politico is facing backlash after they published an article praising President Biden for a “largely gaffe-free White House debut after a lifetime of verbal stumbles,” despite Biden’s extremely limited availability to the press.
Politico drew online mockery with an article that praised President Joe Biden for being “gaffe-free” since the start of his administration. Monday evening’s edition of “Politico’s transition playbook,” which is self-proclaimed as a guide to the first 100 days with the Biden administration, questioned whether the new president, who has a reputation as a “gaffe machine,” has become a “disciplined messenger.” Politico stated that, “Two and a half months in, that’s undoubtedly the case.” They continue, saying, “The president so far has surprised some of his former colleagues and allies with a largely gaffe-free White House debut after a lifetime of verbal stumbles.”
The article noted that Biden hasn’t held a formal press conference since he took office and Wednesday’s sitdown on ABC’s “Good Morning America” will only be his second television interview as president. More than two months have passed and he still hasn’t formally addressed Congress or held an official solo news conference with reporters. He also broke the “modern record” for most days in office without a formal press conference. On Twitter, Politico attempted to summarize its latest playbook entry, writing “Two and a half months in, President Biden has surprised some of his former colleagues and allies with a largely gaffe-free White House debut after a lifetime of verbal stumbles.”
However, critics blasted Politico’s reporting on social media. “He’s had numerous gaffes!” National Review contributor Pradheep J. Shanker reacted. “Not to mention…thousands of kids thrown into cages. Though, to be fair…I guess that isn’t so much a gaffe as a debacle.” Ari Fleischer, an American media consultant and political aide who served as the 21st White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush, tweeted: “I’m sure what’s his name, the secretary of defense – you know the thing – would agree.” “Not very hard to do if you don’t talk to the press,” Reagan Battalion tweeted. In addition, there have been growing calls, including from members of the mainstream media, for Biden to hold a formal press conference. White House press secretary Jen Psaki recently told reporters that the president will hold his first presser by the end of this month.
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