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Biden believes press coverage of him is ‘sensationalized’ for clicks

Biden’s anger at unfavorable PRESS coverage: President believes focus is too much on terrible polls and it’s ‘sensational’ for clicks – after telling media he joked about thinking ‘there’s a fire ‘ when people get up when he walks into a room

  • President Joe Biden recently expressed his dismay at reporters traveling with him about what he sees as the “quality and tenor of press coverage.”
  • On Wednesday, Politico reported on an off-the-record chat Biden had with journalists aboard Air Force One
  • He said reporters were too focused on his low polls and not on the country’s economic recovery
  • Biden’s frustrations were evident in comments he made during his trip to Los Angeles for this week’s Summit of the Americas
  • ‘Press that was a joke. That was a joke,” Biden said after telling CEOS: “I’ve only been president for a year and a half, but every time I walk into a room and everyone gets up, I think maybe there’s a fire or something.”
  • He told Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday that ‘even the really good reporters’ are trying to get ‘clicks’ – so everything gets ‘sensational’

President Joe Biden recently expressed his dismay at reporters traveling with him over what he sees as the “quality and tenseness of press coverage,” which he said was too focused on his low poll numbers and not on the economic recovery. of the country.

On Wednesday, Politico reported on an off-the-record chat Biden had with journalists aboard Air Force One as he traveled west, where he expressed these frustrations.

But they were also evident in comments he made during his trip to Los Angeles for this week’s Summit of the Americas.

On Thursday, he called out the press for taking him too literally and seriously — after speaking about how “sensational” the coverage has become to late-night host Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday.

“I’ve only been president for a year and a half, but every time I walk into a room and everyone gets up, I think there’s a fire or something,” he told a roomful. CEOs to kick off its second day at the conference of North, Central and South American leaders.

“Press, that was a joke,” he said. “That was a joke.”

President Joe Biden (left) has complained about his press coverage.  During an interview Wednesday with Jimmy Kimmel (right), he told the host,

President Joe Biden (left) has complained about his press coverage. During an interview Wednesday with Jimmy Kimmel (right), he told the host, “Even the really good reporters” try to get “clicks” so that everything becomes “sensational.”

'Press that was a joke.  That was a joke,

‘Press that was a joke. That was a joke,” President Joe Biden told reporters on Thursday after telling a CEOS audience: “I’ve only been president for a year and a half, but every time I walk into a room and everyone gets up, I think there’s a fire. or something’

During his Wednesday night appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which he recorded earlier Wednesday when he arrived in Los Angeles, Biden also spoke about the way the media is treating him.

“Look how the press has changed,” Biden told Kimmel.

“With notable exceptions, even the really good reporters need to get some clicks on nightly news. So instead of asking a question, everything is just sensationalized,” the president added. “But I’m confident we’ll get through this.”

Kimmel expressed his own frustrations at the turn of events and asked Biden why it was so difficult to make progress on gun control, climate change and abortion rights.

“What a terrible job you have,” the late night show host told the president. ‘I’m glad you’re doing it. But, boy oh boy, does this seem like a bad performance.’

Kimmel begged Biden to “start yelling at people.”

Biden’s performance with Kimmel wrapped up two weeks in which he used pop culture figures to round out his message.

On May 31, K-pop band BTS held court in the press room and then spent time with the president, denouncing the wave of anti-Asian hate crimes surfacing during the coronavirus pandemic.

And on Tuesday, actor Matthew McConaughey delivered a message from the White House stage to lawmakers to tighten gun laws after spending days with the families of the victims of the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school mass shooting.

McConaughey grew up in the city of Texas.

At the same time, Biden has avoided the more typical encounters with the press.

There will be no press conference this week to close the Summit of the Americas.

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan pushed back when a reporter aboard Air Force One asked on Wednesday what it said about democracy and the White House’s commitment to press freedom by not scheduling a formal Q&A with the president.

“I think it’s going to be hard to argue that he hasn’t answered many, many questions from the press,” Sullivan said. “Obviously, he will be standing in front of the press and addressing him in various ways over the next three days.”

“And I think at the end of it all you can be pretty sure he’ll be showing America’s raw democracy and all its beautiful and attractive forms—fully displaying it,” Sullivan continued. “I don’t see the kind of formal press conference issue as a litmus test.”

By Thursday afternoon, Biden had answered just one question from reporters, to which he answered “no” when asked if he was concerned that some leaders had boycotted the US-hosted summit over his refusal to invite three authoritarian leaders from the Western Hemisphere.

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