Psaki Lectures The Media Over Biden Decline Coverage

MRC Latino | February 11, 2024
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JEN PSAKI: If you're sitting in the White House and on the campaign right now you are absolutely banging your head against the wall at the way that the Thursday report has been covered, given all of the things that have happened this week- including, and I know you asked Chris Christie about this, the fact that Donald Trump yesterday suggested that Vladimir Putin should have free reign in attacking NATO allies and what do we see is wall to wall coverage of whether a guy who is four years older than his opponent is too old to be president.

KRISTEN WELKER: And we are going to get to NATO…go ahead.

BRENDAN BUCK: Part of that job, to bring it to the front is, it’s the president's job to bring that out and attack his opponent. I mean, the president is not taking the opportunity on Super Bowl Sunday. He's not taking, really, any opportunities. And we hear, time and again…

PSAKI: Oh, that's not true. It's not being covered. He has traveled just as much as Donald Trump, as Barack Obama. It is hard to break through the cloud of Donald Trump in this media environment. That is true.

BUCK: You know as well as anyone he’s done fewer interviews, fewer press conferences than his predecessors, and we hear this- we heard from his spokespeople earlier. We’re led to believe that there’s two Joe Bidens. There’s one behind closed doors who is super sharp, who’s not showed his age at all. And then when he steps out, we see him every time. It’s just not there, And we have to imagine there are people making decisions because they are behind closed doors with Joe Biden and they are also seeing some slippage. 

KRISTEN WELKER: And, Amna, the challenge for the Biden campaign and for the president is changing voters' minds, because when you look at the polls- 76 percent. We’re not talking about 50 percent. 76 percent say they have these concerns.