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.
The Optics of Walking Away https://t.co/REdXm4QlXa— RedState (@RedState) August 17, 2021
This is absolutely shocking. There is no explanation for this that isn’t deeply troubling. https://t.co/kgPekyLmYG— David Marcus (@BlueBoxDave) August 17, 2021
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.”
CNN turns on Biden in a *devastating* takedown of his presidency.🔻https://t.co/dulhJmhwrP— Becker News (@NewsBecker) August 17, 2021
Afghanistan Catastrophe Exposes Democrats' Elitism and Incompetence https://t.co/LneeELehaJ— PJ Media (@PJMedia_com) August 17, 2021
My liberal acquaintances ain’t saying shit. They are just watching, mouths agape, like the zombie mouth breathers they are, because CNN MSNBC can’t even formulate propaganda talking points for them.— Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 17, 2021