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The plummeting public approval of President Joe Biden, along with the resilience of his predecessor Donald J. Trump, has the Beltway establishment on edge and gripped with dread over the blowback against the administration’s policies in next year’s midterm elections and beyond.
Rather than admit that Biden was falsely sold to voters as a “moderate” and that his growing unpopularity is a logical reaction to his zeal to radically transform America through the “Build Back Better” agenda along with his raging authoritarianism, the Washington Post is engaging in the brazen gaslighting that the once-venerable paper has practiced since the dawn of the Trump era.
According to longtime writer Dana Milbank, the media has been unfair to Biden, who he ridiculously claims is being treated worse than Trump, an outlandish claim given the sustained attacks by the press on the duly elected 45th president of the United States.
After citing a series of cherry-picked headlines that were mildly critical of Democrats and the White House, Milbank asserts that the media is to blame for the nation’s growing distaste for Biden.
To make his case, Milbank goes high tech, “Artificial intelligence can now measure the negativity with precision. At my request, Forge.ai, a data analytics unit of the information company FiscalNote, combed through more than 200,000 articles — tens of millions of words — from 65 news websites (newspapers, network and cable news, political publications, news wires and more) to do a “sentiment analysis” of coverage. Using algorithms that give weight to certain adjectives based on their placement in the story, it rated the coverage Biden received in the first 11 months of 2021 and the coverage President Donald Trump got in the first 11 months of 2020,” he wrote.
Then in a statement so sensational that it could only come from an employee of a paper that changed its motto to “Democracy Dies in Darkness” after Trump was inaugurated, Milbank writes, “The findings, painstakingly assembled by FiscalNote vice president Bill Frischling, confirmed my fear: My colleagues in the media are serving as accessories to the murder of democracy.”
Milbank adds, “After a honeymoon of slightly positive coverage in the first three months of the year, Biden’s press for the past four months has been as bad as — and for a time worse than — the coverage Trump received for the same four months of 2020.”
Never before in the nation’s history has a duly elected president been trashed by the media as Trump was and the Washington Post led the way with sinister allegations, stories based on sneaky unnamed sources with an obvious agenda and outright smears by its columnists, Milbank included.
WaPo media columnist Margaret Sullivan joined in on the gaslighting.
It’s not just @Milbank’s *opinion* … He’s got the numbers https://t.co/z3K7e6v7HV pic.twitter.com/XAUcSnUy8J
— 💫 Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) December 4, 2021
One who was extremely impressed with Milbank’s fantasy was White House Chief Of Staff Ron Klain, a rabidly partisan party operative who before being tabbed by Biden, served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations.
Klain tweeted a link to the column, writing “Submitted for your consideration.” An observation that suggests Democrat loyalists should completely detach themselves from the reality of an America that has entered a period of rapid decline with the flailing Biden at the helm.
Submitted for your consideration:https://t.co/h5lHm0sZAp
— Ronald Klain (@WHCOS) December 4, 2021
But others disagreed and took to Twitter to offer their opinions.
Dana Milbank is so full of BS you can't fit him in the cargo hold of a jet. Biden gets tougher press than Trump? https://t.co/xgS1G9pSCw
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) December 5, 2021
What if we didn’t gaslight people who lived through the media’s coverage of the Trump era — it’s nonstop hysteria and mendacity — and who lived through the gentle coddling of the Biden presidency? This is a joke, and *any* honest person knows how disgusting and offensive it is.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) December 4, 2021
Dana Milbank has lost his mind. I mean, it’s not much of a loss, but still. https://t.co/IEl2U7HBIE
— A Smatt by any other name… (@mdrache) December 4, 2021
Lol. You lost anyone with a functioning brain at "Dana Milbank."
— Jeff Carlson (@themarketswork) December 4, 2021
Insanity at its finest! Dana Milbank from the Washington Post, had the audacity to claim that the media is harder on Brandon than they were on Trump! Now c’mon! What’s wrong with these people?? Can this person be for real, or is she just playing mind games? 😡
— Domenica D'Elia (@domenicadelia22) December 5, 2021
Its one thing for Dana Milbank to offer this nonsense, he is a just another opinion columnist whose entire shtick is partisan gaslighting. But a "media columnist" should be a referee rather than another voice in that partisan echo chamber.
— Brian Riedl 🧀 (@Brian_Riedl) December 4, 2021
Is this a stolen @TheBabylonBee headline?
— Dr. Scot (@slraider) December 4, 2021
While many in the press will likely interpret Klain’s tweeting of Milbank’s column as a signal to tone down critical coverage of the disastrous Biden regime, others who already view the media with suspicion if not outright contempt will have one more reason to distrust an institution that has miserably failed America and dragged democracy down with it.
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