Tuesday, August 17, 2021

This Is All Your Fault, Joe

When the president did finally speak, he read from a teleprompter for 20 minutes, took no questions, and barely acknowledged that he had assured Americans, at the beginning of July, that no part of this disaster would unfold this way. The lone admission was a vague, passive-voice, “this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated,” a strong nominee for the Disingenuous Public Relations Spin Hall of Fame.

Biden instead relitigated the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan. He made no defense of how that withdrawal is proceeding, because in large part, it is indefensible.

Observing the various headlines making the rounds about the collapse of the Afghan government and the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, Ferullo grows despondent, referring to the “Beltway reporting” on this story as “a disservice to Americans.” And that, the author explains, is the primary problem with the aforementioned Beltway reporting. Reporters quickly make every story about Washington politics rather than the underlying substance of the story.

So what’s wrong with the reporting we’ve been seeing in the past three days? According to the author, everyone covering the story is framing the collapse of the government of Afghanistan in terms of how it will impact Joe Biden. He assembles a rather lengthy list of headlines and cable news chyrons as evidence. These include descriptions of how Joe Biden now faces “political peril,” as well as how this will all result in a “grim reckoning” for the President. He notes a cable news chyron blaring, “Afghanistan’s Rapid Unravelling Threatens Biden’s Legacy.”