White House Upset with New York Times Over Biden Coverage

By Jerry McConway, updated on February 20, 2024

The media has slowly but surely been seeing the light in regard to Joe Biden.

Instead of covering for Biden, we are seeing more and more "truthful" stories about Biden, and that is not sitting well with the White House.

Talking Points…
- Special Counsel report outrage
- Media responds
- Analysis

Special Counsel Report Outrages White House

When Special Counsel Robert Hur released his report, he more or less declared Joe Biden unfit for trial. He did not admonish Biden of wrongdoing in the classified documents investigation but decided not to charge him for two reasons. He is the sitting president as well as how Biden would be perceived by the jury.

The White House was livid with the report, claiming that it was biased as well as being upset with the media for the narratives it saw reported. White House spokesperson Ian Sams, in part, responded:

"Instead, many outlets have reported striking inaccuracies that misrepresent the report's conclusion about the President, and reporters in the White House Briefing Room have asked questions that include false content or are based on false premises."

The White House also had allies that were responding to the report. For instance, Andrew Weissmann, a former assistant US attorney who worked on Robert Mueller's special counsel probe into Donald Trump, and Ryan Goodman, co-editor-in-chief of Just Security and a professor of law at New York University, wrote, "The Special Counsel Robert Hur report has been grossly mischaracterized by the press."

They continued on to say that the media incorrectly blasted out that "Biden willfully retained classified documents, in other words, that Biden committed a felony." That is exactly what the report inferred, and it was clear that Hur believed Biden mishandled the documents and if he was not currently in the White House or so old, he probably would have been charged.

Media Responds

The New York Times has actually been leading the charge as of late in the mainstream media, reporting on Biden's age and the concerns of the voters on this topic. The White House reportedly reached out to New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger to let him know they were "extremely upset" about the coverage that Biden was receiving. Sulzberger did not hold back in his response, stating:

"We are going to continue to report fully and fairly, not just on Donald Trump but also on President Joe Biden.

"He is a historically unpopular incumbent and the oldest man to ever hold this office. We've reported on both of those realities extensively, and the White House has been extremely upset about it."

He further stated:

"They are different. But they are both true, and the public needs to know both those things. And if you are hyping up one side or downplaying the other, no side has a reason to trust you in the long run."

Analysis

In addition to covering the special counsel report, New York Times columnist Ezra Klein openly called for Joe Biden to step down to allow someone else to take over for the Democrat Party, which was another column the White House was livid about.

The fact of the matter is that Joe Biden was treated with kid gloves during the primary and for most of the first three years of his presidency. We can go back to the Afghanistan withdrawal to ask, would any other president have been given the free pass Biden was given when 13 soldiers were unnecessarily killed and Americans were left behind enemy lines to fend for themselves? The answer to that is "no," and it was despicable that the media gave Biden a pass on that, among others.

Biden should be thankful the media helped him along for the last three-plus years. Now, by openly calling out the media like this, he will make an enemy of them, and this coverage will not stop anytime soon. And this is not biased reporting we are seeing, just reporting that is addressing a major concern of voters. Biden and his staff are way out of line calling out the media like this, and I have a feeling he will regret trying to whip them into line.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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