AP: Biden’s Record of Failures Should be Off-Limits

2022 May 16
by bc3b

We’re seeing Joe Biden and his administration refuse to take responsibility for anything – inflation, open borders, crime, supply chain issues, the formula shortage, etc. On Face the Nation yesterday Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg said, “The government does not make formula.” While that is true, the government does regulate the manufacture and distribution of baby formula. The FDA has banned the import of formula and has dragged its feet since the Abbot Nutrition plant in Sturgis, MI was shut down in February.

Now the Associated Press believes that Republicans should not attack Biden and the Democrats for their record since Joe Biden was inaugurated and the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress in January of 2021.

The Associated Press is well known — and rightfully so — for writing long, detailed articles on “what it all means.” They’re called “thumbsuckers” in the news business, and the AP has perfected them.

A thumbsucker article presupposes that the reader is an ignorant rube and needs to be guided from Point A to Point B of a topic in order to have it explained to them. The problem for the reader is that the AP reporter writing the story — or most other mainstream reporters writing the story — almost always allows his or her own bias to permeate the story, making a “what it all means” story into a “what it should mean to you, you ignorant wretch.”

But the AP’s latest thumbsucker — “GOP’s new midterm attack: Blaming Biden for formula shortage” — makes a silly attempt to guide the reader to the conclusion that the Republican attack lines are politically motivated.

OMG! Really?

Republicans aiming to retake control of Congress have already sharpened a message centering around blaming Democrats for high inflation, expensive gas, migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and violent crime in some cities.

But GOP leaders landed on an issue this week that it hopes could prove even more potent: tying President Joe Biden to a shortage in baby formula.

The uproarious response says a lot about how much respect the AP has lost in recent years.

(snip)

The AP tried to assure America that Biden was on top of the problem. They didn’t say, however, whether or not he was awake.

The administration has sometimes been slow in responding to sudden political threats, perhaps most notably when signs of inflation began to surface last year. The White House appears determined not to repeat that mistake, announcing on Friday that formula maker Abbott Laboratories committed to give rebates through August for a food stamp-like program that helps women, infants and children called WIC.

Biden insisted there’s “nothing more urgent we’re working on” than addressing the shortage.

Asked if his administration had responded as quickly as it should have, Biden said, ”If we’d been better mind readers, I guess we could’ve. But we moved as quickly as the problem became apparent.”

The “problem became apparent” in February when Abbot was forced to close its plant in Sturgis, Mich., which supplied 40% of infant formula made in the U.S. and almost all the specialty formulas manufactured in America. In fact, this was an issue only for parents with infants needing specialty formula until the news media awoke from their slumber and discovered that parents were panicking about finding food for their babies.

Then and only then did Biden ramp up some kind of government response. And it wasn’t until last week that the government began to attack the problem as a crisis.

Perhaps the AP should do its job and ask Biden what he has been doing since February to replace the specialty formula market and the 40% market share held by Abbott? But that might embarrass the old man, and the AP just can’t have that.

And that would be guiding the reader in the wrong direction. Best to keep the article on track and protect Biden from the political fallout of his incompetent leadership.

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Hat tip: PJ Media

 

22 Responses leave one →
  1. 2022 May 16 8:17 am
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    justrand permalink

    from the article: “Perhaps the AP should do its job…

    the A/P is doing its job. They are the Praetorian Guard, and thus their “job” is to protect and defend DEMOCRATS!! Especially senile ones…like Biden.

    As Kamel-Toe pointed out yesterday:
    When we work together on working together, then our work together helps us work together on togetherness…together.

    Take THAT, Daniel Webster!!!

  2. 2022 May 16 8:26 am
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    bc3b permalink

    I don’t know why, but this thread is cutting off prematurely. Perhaps one of you techies can solve the problem.

  3. 2022 May 16 8:58 am
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    mpt permalink

    bc3b, I had problems with the previous thread being truncated much of the weekend. Sorry, I’m not a web techie and don’t have a clue as to what causes it. This happens on my Brave browser which is a Chrome-based browser. I believe someone once said that the issue is not seen on non-Chrome-based browsers such as Firefox, but I’m not sure.

  4. 2022 May 16 9:23 am
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    bc3b permalink

    ATTN: JimNorCal – 33 Shot, 5 fatally in Chicago this past weekend.

    https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-shooting-weekend-violence-crime-police/11855997/

    As the Jamies used to sing: “It’s sumertime, summertime, sum, sum summertime.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wrgdr3ROzTc

    Or nearly summertime – close enough for shooting people.

    Can you tell the Jamies were from Jersey?

  5. 2022 May 16 9:27 am
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    bc3b permalink

    MPT #3 –

    You are correct. It didn’t truncate with Foxfire. Thanks.

  6. 2022 May 16 12:11 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    BC, 2,

    Did I come close enough to a correction? What happened is for some reason the remaining text was below the ‘DIV’ class of the ‘Edit This’ link. That of course does not show up for a normal reader.

    Let me know if I need to make additional edits….

  7. 2022 May 16 12:26 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Back to the OP if I got it right. The ‘nut’ of our issues, baby formula, social media, banks, even politicians, is the ascendancy of TBTF. To Big To Fail is at the core of all of it. The politicians facing a TBTF are loathe to do anything lest it, or the customer base gets screwed. But aaah the free money for NOT trifling with a particular industry is manana from heaven.

    We need serious Anti-Trust action to split up a lot of these industries. Food is a critical product and should not have any intermediary with a 40% hold on the supply. Period.

  8. 2022 May 16 2:58 pm
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    mpt permalink

    7 – Agree 100% Both about the concept of TBTF and the use of anti-trust for the good and health of society. Unfortunately, we seemed to have formed in this country a corporate oligarchy where the government can be bent to their own benefit over that of the citizens.

  9. 2022 May 16 4:17 pm
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    7/8 – Don’t disagree. We’re definitely are not Citizens United. Spending is speech has it’s consequences, though to be a little fair to SCOTUS the corporate oligarchy was already there at the time of the ruling.

  10. 2022 May 16 4:47 pm
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    fight on permalink

    An interesting video from the babalon bee on the MOT.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FhCfRdISeU

  11. 2022 May 16 5:02 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

  12. 2022 May 16 7:10 pm
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    mpt permalink

    Is anyone else mildly offended that apparently BJG isn’t seen as important enough to send ‘bots to? How come Twitter gets all the ‘bot attention?

  13. 2022 May 16 9:40 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    bc, thanks for the Chi-town update, the accuracy of the shooters does not seem to be improving.
    Perhaps the sharp shooters are being gunned down more quickly than skills develop? Just because you are more accurate than average doesn’t mean you are immune to being hit …

    mpt, LOL.

    SalesForce: If you live in a locale that doesn’t have the “correct” attitude towards abortion we will pay to relocate you to another locale.
    Also SalesForce: Workers should begin to report back to the office. Unless you are unvaxxed, in which case you’re fired.

  14. 2022 May 16 10:17 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

  15. 2022 May 16 10:42 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Curious that the biggest outbreak occurs in the most highly vaxxed subpopulation …

    https://voiceforscienceandsolidarity.substack.com/p/vss-scientific-updates-during-pandemic-17a
    4. California COVID Numbers Hit Highest Point Since February; Highly Vaxxed and Boosted Bay Area Sees Worst Rates
    “Some of the state’s highest transmission rates are now being recorded int he San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco now has the highest daily case rate at 32 per 100,000, a 66% increase compared to two weeks earlier.”

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/california-covid-numbers-hit-highest-point-since-february-bay-area-sees-worst-rates/ar-AAX00Cs

  16. 2022 May 16 11:06 pm
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    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    80% of highschool identifies as LGBT+

    ….

    ht tps://twitter.com/realchrisrufo/status/1526321366521237504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1526321366521237504%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fbrettt-3136%2F2022%2F05%2F16%2Fseattle-high-school-claims-that-80-percent-of-its-students-identify-as-lgbtq-non-binary-or-transgender%2F

  17. 2022 May 17 3:21 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Twitter deal in jeopardy?

  18. 2022 May 17 3:30 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    17,

    At the rate things are going Musk might get TW for $1 just like the Times of yore. If I was the CEO I would be Sleepless in Seattle right about now. The major advertisers are going to be coming for clawback on their media spend and without Musk’s offer they are toast as a going concern. A lawyer I know says “Discovery is a b*@#ch.” and I might add in the corporate sphere very expensive.

  19. 2022 May 17 3:36 am
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    drdog09 permalink

  20. 2022 May 17 3:46 am
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    drdog09 permalink

  21. 2022 May 17 3:46 am
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    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    The only 100% honest Fed officials are the ones who leave the institution. The rest speak in code.

    Bill Dudley says we need 6% short end rates.

    https://www.thestreet.com/markets/rates-bonds/former-official-dudley-fed-policy-6pct-interest-rate

  22. 2022 May 17 8:18 am
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    justrand permalink

    comment seen elsewhere:

    To be fair, Kamala is more famous for what went into her mouth than what comes out of it.

    I guess in response to Kamel-Toe saying this:
    “When we work together on working together, then our work together helps us work together on togetherness…together.”

    Take THAT, Daniel Webster!!!

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