This is absolutely ridiculous.
MSNBC and CNN, and to a lesser extent Forbes and The Washington Post, have spent the last month expressing concern that President Joe Biden hasn’t seen an uptick in his approval ratings despite what they perceive are his wins.
Throughout March, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd tried to display Biden’s handling of the economy in a positive light, often ignoring debilitating gas prices, soaring inflation, and Biden’s dismal approval ratings.
On a March 1 segment of MSNBC, Todd referenced a USA Today/Suffolk University poll where 51 percent believed the country was either in a recession or depression adding a Washington Post/ABC News poll in which 75 percent of polled adults viewed the economy was poor to his example.
After pointing out these polls, Todd stepped up to defend Biden, saying that Americans didn’t take into consideration “job gains or GDP growth” before adding that it has “never been easier to get a job.”
Later in the segment, after he had spoken to a panel of guests, Todd returned to the poll where Americans believed the country had entered a recession or depression. Visibly upset, Todd exclaimed, “It’s just not true,” adding that even though the economy is “frustrating,” and COVID had affected supply, “there’s jobs, there’s good jobs,” he said while slamming his hands on the table.
A few weeks later, Todd appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he flirted with the idea that Biden was being politically hurt because he hadn’t received a “little bit of an afterglow” in polling after he nominated the first Black woman to the Supreme Court.
Stephanie Ruhle, host of MSNBC’s “11th Hour,” was adamant about providing her audience with “context” after expressing concern that Biden wasn’t being credited for his wins.
Jake Tapper, a CNN anchor, also shared Ruhle’s stance, stating that “one of the problems” the President is facing is that he wasn’t receiving credit for “things the public likes.”