From the left: Team Biden Controls the Narrative
President Donald Trump “called the media the enemy of the people, but all politicians hate the media who cover them,” quips New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi. President Biden’s press staffers “still resent the harsh coverage” he received amid the Democratic primaries, and the “spirit of joylessness and bitterness that defined the campaign didn’t go away once they won.” Now the Trump “dynamic” the place “the president said one thing while the White House said another . . . persists into the Biden era”: Staff walked the prez’s feedback again after Biden broke “with months of linguistic contortions from his administration” by calling the migrant surge a “crisis.” This exhibits “the unusual degree to which his staff seeks to control the narrative (and often succeeds) by controlling the press and the president himself.” And the “dumb tactics” work: AP advised reporters to “avoid” the phrase “crisis.”
Conservative: Joe’s Border Desperation
The Biden administration has now “twice extended the deadline for federal employees to volunteer for months-long deployments at the US-Mexico border, undermining the White House’s attempts to downplay the recent severity of the migrant crisis,” Amber Athey reports at Spectator USA. Last Friday, phrase went out that staff have two extra weeks, till May 21, to use “to assist with the influx of unaccompanied migrant children” after the first extension from the preliminary April 26 deadline.
Libertarian: Unions vs. School Reopenings
The “foot-dragging response to school closings” exhibits that “students are not the priority but serve as a prop by which district officials and teachers’ unions arm-twist taxpayers for money,” laments Steven Greenhut at Reason. California charters and non-public faculties “have worked tirelessly to get students and teachers back to school,” however public-school lecturers delay reopening to “only after officials agree to a laundry list of demands that have little to do with ‘the children.’ ” With taxpayers funding “government monopolies regardless of how well they perform,” faculty districts settled for a “plodding and incompetent” transition to digital studying, then “essentially blamed the students” for distant failure. “The public-school system is a travesty that does not — and cannot — put students first. The only answer is competition, so that parents and students can take their business elsewhere.”
Progressive: Dems, Beware Labour’s Woes
“Democrats would be wise to look across the Atlantic at what happened to the Labour Party,” John Judis warns at Talking Points Memo. In its 2019 shellacking and extra woes in final week’s native elections, the occasion has hemorrhaged working-class voters. Why? Labour underneath Tony Blair “cast its lot with the growth of London’s financial sector,” embraced the European Union and “extolled the promise of globalization.” Then new “young and college-educated” activists joined underneath Jeremy Corbyn, pushing “support for a cultural politics that broke with Labour’s historical commitments to family, community and nation,” even denouncing feminists “that restricted membership in their rape shelters to biological women.” Some hope to repeat Joe Biden’s success, however Biden, 78, “reflects an older labor-oriented Democratic party that is being replaced by a party preoccupied with culture and identity.” Dems’ response to Labour’s collapse must be: “It can happen here.”
From the proper: The Prez’s Short Leash
At The Hill, Joe Concha finds it “amazing, almost disturbing,” that President Biden, “the leader of the free world,” will get suggested to not “speak to reporters” exterior managed settings, as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted final week. This explains why he solely calls on reporters, from “a predetermined list,” who received’t problem him. And when Biden does take questions, “his answers are often misleading or outright wrong.” US adversaries “are taking note” that Biden’s workforce has “no confidence in his ability to speak” exterior scripted remarks. Yet “if there was ever a time when a president” wanted “to be scrutinized, this is certainly it,” given the “trillions upon trillions” in new spending he desires.
— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board