Why Biden can't catch a break, in one ridiculous headline
Yes, he's old. This is not news.
As the 2024 presidential election looms ever closer — with its hugely important stakes for democracy — the mainstream press, far too often, doesn’t seem to get the significance of the moment. Or what their responsibility is.
Journalists’ continual fixation on President Biden’s age plays right into the hands of the Fox News crowd and Donald Trump’s campaign.
Exhibit A: One recent headline in the New York Times during Biden’s recent trip in which he accomplished plenty. In the Times’s own words (in a different story), “In three days of diplomacy in Asia, President Biden rallied world leaders to help finance poor nations, fortified the coalition backing Ukraine and struck a deal with Vietnam to counter Chinese aggression.”
That’s fine; it’s factual and descriptive. But here was the offending headline on an earlier story: