Damage Control: Networks Barely Note Biden’s Facebook Walk Back, Stocks Tanking



On Monday evening, the “huge three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC performed the function of PR professionals for the White Home as they assisted them in minimizing President Biden’s about-face that Fb “is killing individuals” with misinformation and the pitiful day on Wall Road amid new liberal fear-mongering about the necessity to deliver again Covid restrictions.

Unsurprisingly, nobody stood up for the First Modification, free speech, or the significance of not criminalizing dissent with a mixed complete of 1 minute and 49 seconds on Biden’s combined messaging (and one minute and 9 seconds on the economic system).



NBC Nightly Information was by far the worst as Biden’s reversal solely garnered 19 seconds and the inventory market tanking seeing solely 5 seconds.

Nationwide correspondent Miguel Almaguer snuck in a Biden nod within the second half of his phase concerning the newest coronavirus information (click on “develop”):

MIGUEL ALMAGUER: The combat to get extra People vaccinated can be a battle towards misinformation. The President now strolling again feedback after pointing the finger at Fb Friday. 

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: My hope is that Fb, as a substitute of taking it personally, that by some means saying that Fb is killing individuals, that they’d do one thing concerning the misinformation.

And on the inventory market, anchor Lester “equity is overrated” Holt teased it on the high, however when it got here to official time, the 5 seconds have been main into Almaguer’s report: “The Dow struggling its worst drop since final October on fears of a resurgence.”

The CBS Night Information wasn’t significantly better with 34 seconds on Biden and 16 seconds on shares (minus teases). Normally a sign {that a} story could be vital sufficient to garner a full phase (or near it), anchor Norah O’Donnell teased each tales, however neither have been.

And O’Donnell’s Biden tease, it got here off as uncritical in a approach that actually wouldn’t have occurred below Donald Trump: “Biden versus Fb. After the President accused the social media large of killing individuals with vaccine misinformation, the walk-back as he calls on Fb to do extra.”

Seconds later in her information rundown, O’Donnell added that Biden gave a “gorgeous reversal” and defended him by claiming that Biden “mentioned he meant accountable a small variety of dangerous actors on the social media platform.”

With the chyron “Biden Clarifies Feedback on Covid Misinformation,” senior White Home correspondent Ed O’Keefe ended his report concerning the administration calling out Chinese language hackers with Biden’s Fb catastrophe:

In the meantime, the President at this time clarified feedback he made Friday about social media corporations like Fb that permit the unfold of misinformation concerning the pandemic. He mentioned the websites are “killing individuals.” Nicely, the corporate pushed again and at this time, the president clarified it is the dangerous actors that unfold misinformation on social media who’re accountable, not anybody firm. 

On the inventory market, the newscast’s solely formal point out got here on the high of the present from O’Donnell:


The inventory market had its worst day in months on fears {that a} midsummer surge pushed by the extremely contagious delta variant might deliver one other international financial slowdown. The Dow dropped with airways, accommodations, banks, and oil corporations all taking losses.

Although it’s removed from a praise, ABC’s World Information Tonight got here out on high within the time division with one minute and 15 seconds on the Fb backtracking and 48 seconds on the economic system.

Anchor David Muir started by saying Biden was “backtracking after what he mentioned about Fb on Friday,” however boasted that he was “clearly annoyed with the quantity of misinformation on the virus and on vaccines throughout social media.”

After enjoying what Biden mentioned on Friday, he tossed to White Home correspondent Rachel Scott (click on “develop”):

MUIR: When requested about Fb, he mentioned they’re killing individuals. So, let’s get proper to ABC’s Rachel Scott on the White Home as a result of, Rachel, we heard a unique tone from the President at this time. Certainly nonetheless upset, annoyed by the misinformation that’s on the market, however not taking goal immediately at Fb anymore.

SCOTT: Sure, and at this time the President’s feedback infuriating Fb and at this time, the President walked it again, saying that it is misinformation on Fb that’s killing People, not the social media firm itself. The President occurring to say that, as a substitute of taking it personally, that Fb ought to crack down on dangerous details about vaccines. However tonight, Fb says they’ve performed simply that. A spokesperson telling us that they’ve taken aggressive steps to take away greater than 18 million items of misinformation on the positioning, even kicking off repeat offenders.

A couple of minutes later, Muir went to the economic system, which had its “worst day of the 12 months…amid the alarming surge in Covid instances[.]”

Chief enterprise and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis reported the drop was attributed to Wall Road “query[ing] among the financial optimism surrounding the reopenings,” however in any other case mentioned to not fear as a result of “that nest egg…ought to nonetheless be larger on the 12 months with the S&P 500 up 13 %, 12 months so far.”

The networks working PR for the Biden administration was made doable due to the help of advertisers similar to ADT (on NBC), Dell (on ABC), and Progressive (on CBS). Comply with the hyperlinks to see their contact info on the MRC’s Conservatives Combat Again web page.

To see the related community transcripts from July 19, click on right here.


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