The Biden administration is facing some uncharacteristic criticism from the mainstream media.
As the COVID-19 infection rate ticks back up amid the spread of the Delta variant, some journalists and outlets are openly questioning the White House’s policy on the pandemic.
Biden’s “biggest mistake”
In particular, some pundits — including a few prominent progressives — are complaining that President Joe Biden took a victory lap too soon in all but declaring an end to the virus in the U.S.
The administration has subsequently backtracked, echoing the advice of health officials for even vaccinated individuals to wear masks in many indoor situations and signaling that new restrictions and lockdowns could be on the horizon.
Just a month ago, Biden had hailed a return to normal as the nation supposedly celebrated its independence from COVID-19 on July 4th.
A number of Americans have grown angry and confused, insisting that Biden was wrong in May when he told vaccinated Americans that they could forego masks in public. Many of these individuals nevertheless continued to cover their faces in certain situations.
Former Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen asserted that Biden’s “biggest mistake” so far was issuing that policy without implementing vaccine passport mandates that would provide an incentive for more Americans to receive their shots.
White House hits back
As a result of the president’s declaration, unvaccinated Americans began “behaving like they were vaccinated” and led to the further spread of COVID-19, Wen insisted.
Of course, she seems to be sharing at least part of Biden’s playbook by blaming unvaccinated individuals for the current wave of infections. For his part, the president seems to be moving toward a more coercive approach in line with Wen’s recommendation that life should be made “hard” for those who are not yet inoculated.
The White House has apparently sustained a self-inflicted wound by introducing fresh doubts about the efficacy of the vaccine even as Biden attempts to convince hesitant Americans to sign up for the shot.
Ben Wakana, a COVID-19 spokesperson for the Biden administration, lamented the “irresponsible” reporting of newspapers including The New York Times and Washington Post regarding recent reports and recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Meanwhile, one recent poll shows that Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the future impact of the pandemic.