20 December, 2021

“Reshape Coverage”, in Other Words, ”Lie”

White House Working With Reporters ‘To Reshape Coverage’ Of Economic Woes Under Biden As Approval Sinks: Report | The Daily Wire

CNN’s media newsletter reported:

The White House, not happy with the news media’s coverage of the supply chain and economy, has been working behind the scenes trying to reshape coverage in its favor. Senior White House and admin officials — including NEC Deputy Directors David Kamin and Bharat Ramamurti, along with Ports Envoy John Porcari — have been briefing major newsrooms over the past week, a source tells me.

Some of this is typical. White House administrations always want to shape the message their way, and work with the press to make sure that their message is heard.

This is typically met with a healthy degree of skepticism by the press. Everyone knows the way the game is played, including the press.

But in this case, the press appears more willing than is typical to go along with the White House.

The officials have been discussing with newsrooms trends pertaining to job creation, economic growth, supply chains, and more. The basic argument that has been made: That the country’s economy is in much better shape than it was last year. I’m told the conversations have been productive, with anchors and reporters and producers getting to talk with the officials…

This is different. This isn’t “Hey, you guys are printing the wrong thing. Here’s the truth.” It’s, “Hey, we need you guys to print things this way, so everyone will believe that we’re doing a good job.”

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