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Biden's approval rating slump following the Afghan withdrawal proves how dependent on the graces of the media his presidency is

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26.08.2021

The presidency of Joe Biden, perhaps more than any other president, is shaped by the media. This has to do with the fact that Biden rode into power on a flurry of positive media coverage during the primary elections in 2020 – but has now seen his approval rating sink to an average low of 47% thanks to wall-to-wall criticism in the media following the country’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, in addition to a resurgence of Covid-19 infections fueled by the Delta variant.

There’s little doubt that the US-led alliance’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has been a disaster, but this is indicative of systemic issues within the US security state and the global security structure it relies on. Biden is the president and ultimately the buck stops with him on such matters, this is true, but there have been multiple administrations from both major political parties involved in Afghanistan.

Of course, US media’s criticism of the withdrawal never points to the war itself as a moral crisis, especially the war crimes committed by the US-led alliance. They also lie by omission by, first of all, having........

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