The chief of staff — known to insiders as the “Prime Minister” for his outsize influence inside the West Wing — shared an opinion essay from the Washington Post claiming that Biden was getting worse coverage than former President Trump.
The piece from Post opinion columnist Dana Milbank stated that “My colleagues in the media are serving as accessories to the murder of democracy.”
Milbank announced he came to that resolution after an analysis of over 200,000 articles from 65 news organizations by the information company FiscalNote.
“We need a skeptical, independent press. But how about being partisans for democracy? The country is in an existential struggle between self-governance and an authoritarian alternative,” Milbank carped. Klain agreed. “Submitted for your consideration,” he announced, linking to the piece.
Throughout his four years in office, Trump was subjected to the withering and constant press coverage which involved a years-long inquiry into unsubstantiated accusations of collusion with Russia.
Throughout the 2020 presidential campaign, unflattering news regarding Biden — specifically relating to his business dealings with son Hunter — was actively repressed by journalists and social media platforms and falsely labeled by Biden aides and supporters as Russian disinformation.
“Only an idiot or a journalist would find this persuasive,” GOP strategist Luke Thompson told The Post.
Meanwhile, journalists, authors, and ex-White House aides took to Twitter Thursday, denouncing the New York Times for an explainer that downplayed the impact of the since-discredited Steele dossier on the Russia investigation into former President Donald Trump.
The story, headlined “Why the Discredited Dossier Does Not Undercut the Russia Investigation” and written by Washington correspondent Charlie Savage, tries to distance the dossier from the Russia investigation, stating the two are “tangential.”
“Mr. Trump and his allies have insinuated that the F.B.I. based the Russia investigation on the dossier. But when counterintelligence agents launched the effort on July 30, 2016, they did not yet know about the dossier. An inspector general report established that Mr. Steele’s reports reached that counterintelligence team on Sept. 19, 2016,” Savage announced.
He later insisted that the dossier “did not create” an “atmosphere of suspicion” around Trump, pointing to previous reports of Trump’s connections with Russia that emerged before the dossier’s release.