Networks Ignore Biden/Harris Staffers Fleeing Crumbling White House

One other day, one other Biden/Harris staffer is fleeing an more and more unpopular White Home. In accordance with the Actual Clear Politics common, Joe Biden is within the 30s in seven of the final 9 approval polls, together with a file low 36 p.c from Reuters. Simply final week, White Home Communications Director Kate Bedingfield introduced she is leaving. However you wouldn’t have identified it because the networks ignored the most recent departure. 

However that’s a sample as they’ve repeatedly ignored quite a few excessive and not-so-high profile staffers leaving the unpopular Democrat. Right here’s only a few Biden staffers that acquired not a single point out upon their departure. 

  • Kate Bedingfield, White Home Communications Director 
  • TJ Ducko, Deputy Press Secretary to the President 
  • Jessica Hurtz, White Home Workers Secretary and Deputy Assistant to Joe Biden 
  • Cathy Russell, Director of the White Home workplace of Presidential Personnel
  • Cedric Richmond, Director of the White Home Workplace of Public Engagement 
  • Phil Tobar, Deputy Director of Communications and Particular Assistant to Biden 
  • David Kamin, Deputy Assistant to Joe Biden 

In accordance with Fox Information, no less than 25 key staffers have left since 2021. Right here’s a dozen staffers for Vice President Kamala Harris who’ve left with no community discover: 

  • Rajun Kaur: Director of digital methods
  • Karly Satkowiak: Director of Advance
  • Gabrielle DeFrancesch: Deputy Director of Advance
  • Ashley Etienne: Communications Director
  • Symone Sanders: Chief Spokesperson 
  • Peter Velz: Director of Press Operations
  • Vince Evans: Deputy Director of Public Engagement
  • Kate Childs Graham: Speechwriting Director
  • Sarah Gouda: Deputy Director of Speechwriting 
  • Sabrina Singh: Deputy Press Secretary
  • Nancy McEldowney: Nationwide Safety Adviser 
  • Michael Fuchs: Deputy Chief of Workers 

A uncommon exception is the departure of White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki. On Might 5, when it was introduced that she was leaving, ABC’s World Information Tonight, the CBS Night Information and the NBC Nightly Information all seen — though briefly. ABC managed 17 seconds, NBC 14 and CBS 13 seconds. 

And most of that was to not the historic nature of her alternative. Right here’s Ed O’Keefe on the Might 5 CBS Night Information: “In the meantime, right here on the White Home, plans for a brand new press secretary. Karine Jean-Pierre is about to turn into the primary black particular person, first overtly homosexual particular person to serve within the position. She’s set to succeed Jen Psaki, who’s stepping down subsequent Friday.” 

As The Washington Examiner defined on July 7, Biden staffers in 2021 left the White Home at the next charge than Donald Trump and Barack Obama. Contemplating how unpopular the present president is, that may’t be too stunning. Nevertheless it’s not one thing journalists need to examine.

An exception got here when Fox Information reporter Peter Doocy grilled White Home Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre this previous Thursday. 

 

 

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PETER DOOCY: So, for those who suppose… your plan is standard with the American individuals, is it simply that the plans usually are not being communicated correctly and is that why the communications director is leaving?

JEAN-PIERRE: Oh, that is the place you had been going with this query! That is very slick there of you, Peter.

DOOCY: Nicely, why — why is she actually leaving?….At a time {that a} historic variety of individuals suppose the nation is on the fallacious monitor Someone who has been part of Bidenworld for so long as nearly…anyone right here says that she is leaving.

JEAN-PIERRE: — properly, first, let me say, I defined that we perceive what the American public is feeling. The President is doing all the pieces in his energy to decrease prices, to blunt fuel costs as he has been doing and we’ve got —

DOOCY: And also you’re making a change.

JEAN-PIERRE: — we’ve got accomplished that. So, I wished to talk about Kate for a second as a result of I believe that is actually necessary. I’ve identified Kate since 2007. She is a buddy and she or he is a colleague. She is exceptionally gifted and she or he might be tremendously missed. Her good abilities and exhausting work helped get the President elected and has helped us accomplish a lot since we’ve been right here.

As I famous in an April NewsBusters examine on White Home departures, even CNN is gossiping concerning the mass exodus. Final December, CNN.com defined the dysfunction on the White Home with sad employees: 

Worn out by what they see as entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus, key West Wing aides have largely thrown up their fingers at Vice President Kamala Harris and her employees — deciding there merely is not time to cope with them proper now, particularly at a second when President Joe Biden faces rapidly multiplying legislative and political issues.

Why is the unpopular Biden administration failing? Why are so many staffers leaving? Who will abandon ship subsequent? These are questions that community journalists aren’t asking. However they need to be. Individuals should know if they’ve a functioning, wholesome White Home. The press definitely requested these questions in the course of the Trump years. 

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