As President Joe Biden prepared to attend the seventh funeral since becoming president, The Washington Post backtracked on a message that “inaccurately” reported on his activity.
Headlined “Biden, funerals and a bygone era,” the Post promoted its story Saturday on Twitter, just ahead of Biden’s planned appearance at a funeral service for former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The Democrat congressman died on Dec. 28 at age 82.
“Biden, who heads to Sen. Harry M. Reid’s memorial Saturday – his seventh as president – uses funerals to honor his friendships and make a point about bipartisanship,” the Post tweeted.
“Not everyone thinks it’s the best use of his time,” it read.
In no time, the left-leaning publication was under fire for its take.
Hot (garbage) take from the @washingtonpost:
The President goes to too many friend’s funerals.
I bet he agrees.
They literally “accuse” (BTW President) Biden of using funerals “to honor friends”. How dare he???
What a ghoulish point of view. pic.twitter.com/1zMmHvpqq1
— Rabbi S Litvin (@BluegrassRabbi) January 8, 2022
Writing that tweet certainly wasn’t the best use of your time. If democracy dies in darkness, you’re unscrewing the light bulbs one at a time.
— Mark O’Connell (@moconnell11) January 8, 2022
The Washington Post attacked Joe Biden for attending “too many” funerals this year. They say it’s “not the best use of his time.” Wow! Do you know what’s not the best use of your time? Reading WaPo. Would you please do me a favor? Cancel your subscription to the Washington Post.
— Uncovering The Truth (@UncvrngTheTruth) January 8, 2022
But the piece itself, written by Post reporter Annie Linskey, seemed to be aimed at making Biden look like the great unifier.
“For Biden, eulogizing colleagues, especially Republicans, is also a resonant way to reiterate his core message that the country must return to a less-polarized time when political adversaries did not have to be personal enemies,” she wrote.
“Not everyone believes that era can be revived, however. And in a sense, Biden’s attendance at these events highlights the extent to which practitioners of that kind of politics are increasingly passing from the scene,” the article continued.
But it was the Post’s Twitter message that ignited backlash, including a scolding from White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
I will wait here for the apparent growing chorus referenced here who are opposed (that is right opposed according to this tweet) to a @POTUS who honors the lives of those lost, with empathy and grace. https://t.co/MrhLyIAAHa
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) January 8, 2022
And just like that, the obedient newspaper walked back its message, deleting the tweet and explaining that it had “inaccurately represented the scope of the story.”
We’ve deleted a tweet that inaccurately represented the scope of the story.
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 8, 2022
The renewed tweet may have pleased the Biden White House and the left, but many saw the move as even worse than the original crime.
— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) January 8, 2022
Democracy dies without subservience.
— Josh Henry (@j_henry2) January 8, 2022
2 hours and 13 minutes later, wow, pretty fast.
— EOT (@onthevergetime) January 8, 2022
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