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Media Now Realize It’s Hard to Be President in a Pandemic

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the John Locke Foundation. The author of this post is Mitch Kokai.

    Ed Morrissey writes at about major media outlets' newfound discovery that a pandemic creates special challenges for a president. If only reporters could have acknowledged that fact one year ago.

  • Neither CNN nor Politico are incorrect in that approach, but the timing of their epiphanies is certainly ... curious. For instance, after a full year of assigning personal responsibility for every COVID-19 development to Donald Trump, Politico suddenly discovered that presidents don't have total control of pandemic management three weeks into Joe Biden's term. ...
  • ... The irony of their headline about Biden's voyage of discovery no doubt eluded Politico's social-media editors. Biden's not the only one discovering federalism and the limits of executive power, it seems. ...
  • ... Just a few weeks ago, all of those issues got painted by the national media as reflecting entirely on the president. Funny how well federalism is being understood just a month into the new administration.
  • CNN's coverage also reflects a newfound wisdom on limits. In an analysis of the Biden team's pandemic handling this morning headlined "Biden team finds promises hard to make — let alone keep," CNN does correctly point out that this team has a better grasp on expectation setting than Biden's predecessor. However, even while pointing out that Biden set expectations at or lower than Trump's actual performance, they largely give Biden a pass over the crisis that defies the easy solutions that Biden was promising right up until he took office. ...
  • ... Ahem. Biden repeatedly promised to have schools fully open by April, claimed that the Trump administration had no logistical plan (and no vaccine), and then set a target vaccination rate that the Trump team was already meeting. Remember when Biden insisted he had a plan to defeat COVID-19? To date, we still have not seen any comprehensive policies in place that didn't originate in the Trump White House.

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( February 24th, 2021 @ 8:08 am )
I can't believe how stupid these well people are.

CNN has no journalists working there ... not even the Little Vanderbilt Boy.
( February 24th, 2021 @ 8:01 am )
I used to occasionally watch CNN and other mainstream networks for a good laugh at the ridiculous comedy of their partisanship. It's not funny anymore so I just don't watch at all.
( February 24th, 2021 @ 12:46 am )
CNN and Politico are inconsequential as measurable voices of reason or intellect.

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