Even the mainstream media can’t seem to spin recent world events in President Joe Biden’s favor.
Breitbart reported Saturday that establishment media outlets including CNN and The Washington Post have been forced to admit that last week was nothing short of disastrous for the White House.
Breitbart’s report cited a recent edition of Politico’s Playbook, which conceded that the last week “was supposed to be a victory lap of sorts” for the president as he celebrated his 200th day in office. But it was anything but.
A “month of crises”
According to Politico’s Eugene Daniels, among the issues the Biden White House is currently contending with is a collapsing situation in Afghanistan. As Daniels noted, the president had said just last month that it was “highly unlikely” that “there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country” once U.S. troops left the nation.
But as Americans saw over the weekend, the Taliban has come out swinging. And news outlets took note.
Daniels cited a series of mainstream headlines that paint the Biden administration’s handling of the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan as botched, at best. From The Washington Post: “Biden has wanted the U.S. to pull the plug on Afghanistan for years. Doing it has consequences.”
Meanwhile, the Associated Press is reporting on the fears of Afghan women in children as the Taliban grabs the reins, Daniels writes. Worse still, reports Bloomberg, “U.S. Embassy in Kabul Told to Destroy Files in Case Taliban Wins.”
Even CNN got in on the action, Breitbart reported, calling August a “month of crises” for Biden that includes an ongoing surge in migration at the U.S.–Mexico border.
“The burden of shame”
Still, it’s more than just questions of diplomacy and border security for Biden. As the U.S. struggles to recover economically in the wake of COVID-19, Barron’s reports that new Democratic spending proposals could contribute to rising inflation, as Breitbart notes.
Politico’s Daniels also pointed to failures by the White House to secure legislative deals on issues like infrastructure and climate change, at least to this point.
It all adds up to a series of PR nightmares for Biden — and it’s not over yet. As Taliban forces continue inching closer to Afghanistan’s capital, pundits are just getting started with their critiques.
“There’s plenty of blame to go around for the 20-year debacle in Afghanistan,” writes The Atlantic‘s George Packer in a Sunday op-ed. “But our abandonment of the Afghans who helped us, counted on us, staked their lives on us, is a final, gratuitous shame that we could have avoided. […] This betrayal will live in infamy. The burden of shame falls on President Joe Biden.”