Biden should step up and lead the country.
President Joe Biden is growing frustrated by his negative press coverage as he struggles to break through the onslaught of bad press ahead of the November midterms.
But pundits are adamant: Biden’s complaining won’t turn the tide for Biden or congressional Democrats before the midterms as the President’s approval ratings take a nosedive.
Part of Biden’s campaign promises was to normalize press relations after four years where his predecessor, Trump, described the press as “the enemy of the people.”
Despite Biden’s promises to be friendly with the press, the President has begun resenting the negative coverage, something Claremont McKenna College politics professor John Pitney says is common when they encounter “political turbulence.”
Pitney, a former Republican staffer, relayed that “In most cases, the bad coverage is a symptom of their woes, not the cause.”
David Greenberg, a history, journalism, and media studies professor at Rutgers University, echoed Pitney’s statements assigning the negative coverage to be a signal “that something else is not going right.”
Greenberg continued, stating, “When an administration — or anyone — says it has a ‘communication problem,’ it usually means it’s not looking hard enough at the real problems.”
Biden is especially frustrated that news outlets aren’t focusing on promising economic data like low unemployment, but Pitney noted that the public was reacting to the blatantly “bad economic news.”