Conservatives have long complained that mainstream journalists take a soft approach to covering President Joe Biden. However, a new report from CNN suggests that even some of his media allies are beginning to turn.
New economic number is “disastrous”
That’s evident from a piece the network published on Wednesday titled, “This is a disastrous economic number for Joe Biden and Democrats.”
Written by editor-at-large Chris Cillizza, the article painted a scathing picture of what is in store for the president’s party by pointing to Gallup’s most recent Economic Confidence Index number.
That figure “summarizes Americans’ ratings of current economic conditions and whether the economy is getting better or worse.”
The number ranges from +100, which would signify high economic confidence, to -100, a sign of extreme pessimism. As of last month, it stood at a stark -45, the lowest Gallup has seen in over a decade.
Cillizza noted how according to Gallup some 46% of Americans regard the economy as being “poor,” more than three times that number who describe it as being “excellent” or “good.” Meanwhile, another 39% ranked it as being “only fair.”
“That’s even worse than where Gallup found things in April, when 1 in 5 Americans said that the state of the economy was either ‘excellent’ or ‘good,’ while 42% said they were ‘poor,'” Cillizza acknowledged.
“It is going to be a brutal November for his party”
What’s more, he also highlighted a recent interview that Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen had with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in which she admitted to not predicting the problems that Americans now face.
“I think I was wrong then about the path that inflation would take,” Yellen told Blitzer, adding that she “didn’t fully understand” what was taking place.
All of this led Cillizza to conclude, “Unless Biden can turn around perceptions on the condition of the economy — and fast — it is going to be a brutal November for his party.”
Interestingly, it appears Cillizza is not the only mainstream media personality who has lost the will to cover for Biden.
In an article published last weekend, The Hill contributor observed how some Democrats may be looking to launch a primary challenge against the president in 2024.