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‘Almost Comical’: Biden Summons News Agencies to Say What to Report

‘Because 99% favorable coverage is just not good enough’
Joe Biden participates in an episode of Anderson Cooper's podcast 'All There Is,' Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, in the White House Library. (Official White House photo by Adam Schultz)
Joe Biden participates in an episode of Anderson Cooper’s podcast ‘All There Is,’ Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, in the White House Library. (Official White House photo by Adam Schultz)

Joe Biden's campaign has begun summoning officials from various news organizations to secret meetings where officials explain how political reporters should better report on his agenda, according to a new report at Semafor, an international publication with global reach.

Biden already is the known beneficiary of literally 100% support from many of the legacy news organizations in the U.S., as shown by softball questions like his favorite flavor of ice cream and their avoidance of significant questions about the Biden family's alleged multi-million dollar influence peddling schemes.

That's apparently not enough, the report explained.

So his re-election team has started holding "off-the-record" meetings in Wilmington, Delaware, with "top political reporters" and campaign officials. The focus is "background briefings on campaign strategy."

"They're also using it as an opportunity to tell them what they’re getting wrong. Two people with knowledge of the situation told Semafor that during meetings with reporters from outlets like The New York Times, the Washington Post, and others, campaign officials have invoked a coverage spreadsheet laying out areas where the team believes their reporting has fallen short," the report charged.

"In particular, campaign officials have chafed at some of the coverage of former President Donald Trump, feeling that outlets are too focused on his legal troubles and haven’t paid enough attention to some of his incendiary recent statements on the campaign trail. A source familiar told Semafor that with the exception of its recent meeting with the Times, the campaign meetings had been 'substantive' and 'productive,' and that Biden staffers were scheduled to meet in the coming days with political reporting teams from ABC, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, Fox, NPR, Reuters, Bloomberg, and others in Wilmington."

BizPacReview commented, "As seamlessly as former press secretary Jen Psaki had moved from the White House to MSNBC, the press has taken each stumble from President Joe Biden in stride, making a meme of themselves as fires burn all around. Evidently, the rhythm of their lockstep wasn’t in sync enough for the campaign team, according to a report from Semafor, as outlets like the Washington Post and The New York Times were being told how they’ve 'fallen short.'"

Mollie Hemingway, editor of The Federalist, pointed out, "Democrat privilege includes having corporate media 1000% in your pocket and being able to demand they turn up the propaganda even more. This is almost comical."

The report noted, "Nowhere to be found were the invocations of 'our democracy' and 'election integrity' when, in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election, the story about Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop was swept under the rug through suppression and censorship."

Fox News reported, "President Biden and his team are increasingly frustrated with the media’s coverage of his predecessor, and trying to do something about it."

Biden advisers T.J. Ducklo said, in the report, "We're grateful so many folks have reached out expressing interest in visiting our headquarters, and excited to welcome a number of reporters, producers and editors who are covering the 2024 election to Wilmington for what have been and will continue to be thoughtful and informative discussions about the campaign's strategy and how we view this election."

The Fox commentary explained, "Margaret Sullivan, who now writes for the Guardian after stints as a New York Times and Washington Post media writer, is a liberal activist who despises Trump and long ago endorsed one-sided coverage. She now says journalists shouldn’t worry about being seen as in the tank for Biden and focus less on his poll numbers and presentation and more on how Trump’s threats are authoritarian: 'In a constant show of performative neutrality, journalists tend to equalize the unequal, taking coverage down the middle even though that’s not where true fairness lies.'"

It continued, "On 'Fox & Friends' yesterday, Brian Kilmeade said it was Biden in his Friday speech who 'went full Hitler' by saying 'that Trump is the worst thing ever, will destroy the country.'"

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