Major left-leaning U.S. press outlets are largely avoiding mention of President Joe Biden’s repeated stumbles as he boarded Air Force One, while many foreign publications are devoting prominent coverage to the incident.
As of Friday afternoon, the homepages of MSNBC, CBS News, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and New York Times had no mention of Biden’s stumbling incident earlier in the day at Joint Base Andrews.
The news blackout was not strictly partisan, with the homepage of right-leaning One America News Network also omitting any mention of Biden’s repeated tripping.
CNN and ABC News carried brief items on the White House statement that Biden was ‘just fine’ after tripping, and NBC News featured a link to a video of the incident well below the fold.
And New York Times photojournalist Doug Mills did tweet a photo of the incident with a succinct caption explaining ‘@POTUS stumbles as he walks up the steps of Air Force One,’ but was blasted with furious criticism from Biden supporters on Twitter.
‘What the hell?’ fumed media critic Jeff Jarvis in response to Mills’ tweet. ‘The stumble is yours.’
Internationally, a number major foreign outlets featured prominent homepage coverage of the stumbling incident, including the UK’s Mirror, Sun, Telegraph and Times.
Prominent news outlets in Spain and Australia also devoted homepage space to Biden’s repeated tripping on the Air Force One stairs.
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Source: Daily Mail