Main US media ignore Biden’s stumbles on AF1 steps
Major left-wing American news outlets largely avoid mentioning President Joe Biden’s repeated stumbles as he boarded Air Force One, while numerous foreign publications devote significant coverage to the incident.
As of Friday afternoon, the homepages of MSNBC, CBS News, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and New York Times had no mention of the Biden tripping incident earlier today at Joint Base Andrews.
The news blackout was not strictly partisan, with the homepage of the right-wing One America News Network also omitting any mention of Biden’s repeated outbreak.
Several US publications devoted significant homepage space to Biden’s stumbling block, including TMZ, Fox News, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, and Politico. The Drudge Report led with an image of the stumble headline and banner reading âBIDEN FALLS AGAIN MONTHS AFTER FOOT INJURYâ.
Biden tripped three times in a row as he climbed the steps of Air Force One on Friday, but many major US news outlets have remained silent about the incident.
The New York Times and several other major US media outlets had no mention of Biden’s stumble on their homepages on Friday afternoon
Even the right-wing OAN didn’t dedicate home page space to Biden’s stumbling block
CNN and ABC News ran brief articles on the White House statement that Biden was “very well” after he tripped, and NBC News linked to a video of the incident well below the fold.
And New York Times photojournalist Doug Mills tweeted a photo of the incident with a succinct caption explaining “@POTUS stumbles as he climbs the steps of Air Force One,” but was lambasted by furious criticism from supporters. by Biden on Twitter.
‘What the hell?’ stormed media critic Jeff Jarvis in response to Mills’ tweet. âThe stumble is yours. ”
Internationally, a number of major foreign media have featured significant coverage of the stumbling incident on their homepages, including Mirror, Sun, Telegraph and Times in the UK.
Leading news outlets in Spain and Australia have also dedicated home page space to Biden’s repeated trips down the stairs of Air Force One.
New York Times photojournalist Doug Mills has been heavily criticized by liberal critics for tweeting a photo of Biden’s stumbles
The Drudge report was among a number of media outlets that devoted significant homepage coverage to the incident, noting that it comes months after Biden injured his foot.
Contrary to the lack of interest in Biden’s stumbles, mainstream US media covered extensively an incident last year, in which Trump slowly descended a ramp at West Point, which he later explained as ” very slippery “.
While Trump did not stumble during the incident, it sparked widespread speculation about his health and criticism of his abilities, including from Biden himself.
âWatch how he walks and watch how I walk,â Biden said in September 2020, in a clip aired on CNN. âWatch how I go up the ramps and he stumbles on the ramps. OKAY? Go on.’
“Trump’s walk to West Point sparks questions about his health,” read a CNN headline.
“Trump is trying to explain his slow, unsteady walk on a ramp at West Point,” a headline from the Washington Post read.
Internationally, the foreign media have expressed far more interest in Biden’s misstep than the American press. British red tops including the Mirror and the Sun covered the incident
“Unstable appearance prompts further examination of Trump’s health,” read the headline of an MSNBC article, which also highlighted Trump’s use of both hands to sip a cup of water during of the West Point event.
The contrast drew double standard accusations from some conservatives and Trump supporters, who accused the US press of covering up the embarrassing incident.
âI remember the press denigrating Trump for hitting the rail once. Biden repeatedly falls but I’m sure he’s the picture of health. No wonder all of our enemies are leaping simultaneously and laughing at him publicly, âDon Trump Jr. wrote in a tweet.
Comedian Tim Young mocked the coverage of the incident, tweeting: ‘Media stories today: Far-right conspiracy theorists allege Joe Biden appears to stumble briefly on the strongest march and the most powerful that a modern president has borrowed from Air Force One. ‘
âFact checkers: mostly false – potentially manipulated media,â he added.
Donald Trump Jr. says it’s “no wonder” the United States is under attack from Russian and Chinese “enemies” when Biden’s health is at stake
Biden, 78, was boarding the plane at Joint Base Andrews just before noon for a flight to Atlanta when he tripped. He grabbed the railing, stabilized and continued but lost his footing a second time and then a third.
On the third trip he fell to his knees. He got up and then continued up the stairs before saluting upstairs and then disappearing into the plane.
After Biden boarded Air Force One, reporters bombarded White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre with questions about the trip during an in-flight rally.
“We saw the president fall down the stairs, is he okay?” asked a reporter.
“Well, it’s very windy outside, it’s very windy, I almost fell on the stairs myself. He is doing 100%, “replied Jean-Pierre.
A White House pool report was released by reporters traveling with Biden seconds after the fall, but it was not widely covered by major news networks for about 30 minutes after it happened. and it is absent from many major media websites.
Last year, outlets such as CNN, MSNBC and the Washington Post were quick to report Trump’s ginger rolling down a ramp raising questions about his health.
Once he landed in Atlanta, President Biden stayed on AF1 for a short time until Vice President Kamala Harris – who had flown separately on AF2 – joined him on board. The White House said it was to discuss their agenda for the day.
She then disembarked with him, walking behind him as he slowly descended the stairs.
The fall does nothing to reduce concerns and speculation about Biden’s cognitive health, which has grown in recent months through a series of confusions on his behalf.
The White House and Biden’s camp routinely downplay concerns about his health and insist he is fit to lead.
Biden is the oldest president in history; Ronald Reagan was 77 when he stepped down and was 69 when he was elected.
Trump was 70 when he was elected and 74 when he left office earlier this year.