‘Seriously?’ NYT slammed for shameless ‘Republicans pounce’ spin on troubling Biden report

President Joe Biden’s disastrous presser on the heels of the release of a report on his mishandling of classified material sent the left into a meltdown as obedient media outlets began their spin.

The president’s angry outburst at reporters asking about his mental fitness for the job added to the bad optics of another gaffe as he confused political leaders during his remarks Thursday, an irony not lost on those who heard him insist that his memory was just “fine.”

With all the fodder that his regrettable presser provided, and with the damaging report from special counsel Robert Hur, many on the left sought to turn the focus elsewhere.

Behold the hot take from The New York Times:

The liberal newspaper made it known that Republicans pouncing on Hur’s report was the actual news, sticking to the tired use of the word to describe GOP actions. And within the article itself, The Times declared that Republicans also “seized” on the report that “absolved” Biden of the crimes.

According to the New York Times report:

As President Biden laid out the stakes of the 2024 election after a meeting with House Democrats on Thursday, his would-be Republican opponents seized on a special counsel report that absolved him of charges for mishandling classified documents but described him as a “sympathetic, well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory” who had willfully retained and disclosed sensitive information.

The special counsel, Robert K. Hur, opted not to pursue charges in part because he said it would be difficult to convince a jury after Mr. Biden left office that “a former president well into his 80s” was guilty of a felony that “requires a mental state of willfulness.”

 

This take came on the heels of The New Republic’s Greg Sargent’s contention that “the Trump campaign’s glee over” the special counsel’s report should be the actual headline of the day and not Biden’s behavior.

And while one would expect the media’s fawning over Biden, and defending him despite the awful optics of the presser, flipping the narrative to be all about the Republican reaction was another low for the press. The New York Times sticking with the “pounce” take only earned more mockery on social media.

Frieda Powers

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