Are Biden's political struggles actually the media's fault?
And how can we establish this objectively?
Americans are irritated with Joe Biden about the economy — even though the economy, according to Administration officials and certain economic indicators like employment and inflation, is doing well. How can we explain this? One way would be to say that the Administration is just deluding itself and that if you look at other indicators, like disposable income, Americans are now much worse off than they were in 2020. But if you really want to defend the Biden economy there is always another way out: say that the voters are deluded and blame it on the media.
Jeff Stein and Taylor Lorentz, writing for the Washington Post, argue that this has become “the center of this debate” over Bidenomics: whether or not “social media and perceptions — rather than real conditions in the economy — are fueling the voters’ angst.” But what has struck me about this whole debate, as I’ve watched it play out over the past few months, is just how absolutely superficial the whole thing has become.