Former White House press secretary and Fox News personality Dana Perino pointed out a revealing irony in how the media is treating President Joe Biden compared to former President Donald Trump.
Although portrayed as “boring” and moderate, Biden is pushing “extreme” policies that warrant close scrutiny, The Five panelist said, according to Fox News.
Controversial policies get a pass
In his first week in office, Biden has made a number of consequential — and radical — decisions, such as canceling the Keystone XL pipeline and promoting the inclusion of men who identify as female in women’s sports.
Instead of talking about these and other controversies, a sycophantic press is giving Biden glamorous coverage that focuses on trivialities like Biden’s favorite flavor of ice cream, Fox co-host Greg Gutfeld said.
The host called out the talking point that Biden is making news “boring,” an impression he said is being manufactured by the media by ignoring bad news that might hurt the Democratic president’s image.
Gutfeld called Perino a “genius” after she noted that Biden is being portrayed as a benign moderate, but his policies are genuinely radical, while Trump’s “extreme” personality belied a largely conventional presidency.
“Joe Biden sounds boring, but his policies are actually kind of extreme if you go through the executive orders. President Trump’s personality was extreme, but his policies were actually, in some cases, pretty leaning right, conventional,” she said.
Stories get buried
Perino, who served as a press secretary for former President George W. Bush, said the White House is “not boring” but reporters are far too focused on their echo chamber at the expense of government policies that will have profound consequences for Americans.
She pointed to Biden’s move on transgender people in sports and his decision to end a price freeze on insulin that Trump enacted.
“Well, reporters, I do think that, one, it’s not boring,” she said. “Being at the White House is not boring, but they also focus way too much on the White House itself and not enough on the entire federal government. That is where a lot of big stories are and they get buried.”
The Keystone XL decision cost thousands of jobs and brought backlash from unions.
Biden continued to squeeze the fossil fuel industry Wednesday with more executive orders on climate change, including an order barring new leases on federal lands.