It is a strange phenomenon as of late to be praising mainstream media. But we, and anybody else, would be dishonest if we let past issues completely cloud our appraisal of their current actions.
For a variety of reasons they are going after Joe Biden with a meat cleaver. One, it’s a great story and nobody wants to be scooped by the other media outlet. Two, this could be a convenient way to throw Biden under the bus and make way for Harris. Whatever it is the word has gone out on Afghanistan: Get Joe Biden. The latest picador? ABC reporter Martha Raddatz who absolutely hit Biden on his public relations trick, conflating withdrawal with evacuation. That’s been his shtick and she called him out on it. Bravo.
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FNC: “ABC News’ chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz tore into President Biden’s speech marking the completion of the military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Following the president’s remarks to the nation on Tuesday, Raddatz began by commending the ‘very successful evacuation’ of over 120,000 people, but stressed, ‘he was conflating the withdrawal with the evacuation.’ “
“The evacuation occurred because the withdrawal was – they did not realize the Taliban would take over so quickly, they did not realize that the [Afghan government] would fall in 11 days and that’s why you ended up with this chaos,” Raddatz explained to ABC anchor David Muir.
“Just on July 8, the president was saying there was going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the United States from Afghanistan. They were clinging to airplanes in those early days,” Raddatz said. “He was touting the Afghan forces, saying ‘I trust the capacity of the Afghan military.’ The president said they were ready, they were prepared for this, but no one was prepared for 11 days for the Taliban to take over. The president also promising on July 8 that we can guarantee the safety of the interpreters. There are thousands of interpreters in Afghanistan right now who are desperate and frightened,” Raddatz said. She is absolutely right. Let’s see how long this new found honesty continues from the mainstream media.