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Biden Follows His Press Coverage, Too

Everyone knows about Donald Trump's near-obsessive tracking of how he's covered in the media. The former president was particularly interested in how he was portrayed on right-wing networks and websites, but he also kept a close eye on certainly non-right-wing outlets, most obviously The New York Times.

Politico has a very interesting piece about Joe Biden's consumption of news, which is almost as extensive as Trump's was. The current president does not remain in the executive residence watching Fox until 11:00 a.m., but he most certainly invests considerable time in tracking what's being said about him.

Among the main takeaways from the article:

We really don't have much to add here, other than to note that it's part of the modern presidency to keep tabs on what the media's saying. Either the president does the work himself, or his staff does it, or both. And while it's an unavoidable part of the modern presidency, it's also not exclusive to the modern presidency. Though the number of media and number of outlets has expanded, presidents like Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt also paid very close attention to what the Fourth Estate was saying. Indeed, when he was assassinated, Lincoln's pockets contained no fewer than eight different newspaper clippings featuring coverage favorable to his administration. (Z)

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