Let’s be clear about two of the reasons prices — including the price of gas — are so high right now: COVID and Vladimir Putin.
I’m doing everything I can to lower costs for Americans, and it’s time Congress act as well. pic.twitter.com/KJtCnk7KxO
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 25, 2022
You may not agree with his choices, but you can’t say President Biden isn’t out there pitching his proposals…
Oh great CERN is going to split the timeline again??
I'm just kidding, that would be wildly unscientific, generally impossible, and at odds with my role as STEM educator.
But please please choose a sane timeline this time???? https://t.co/ml8XFPxpPA
— Naomi Wu ???? (@RealSexyCyborg) April 25, 2022
While it’s highly unlikely, it could have a placebo effect if we all believe that it’s going to shift the world back to a sane timeline.
I’m desperate for any positivity https://t.co/YYtjnJWu2a
— jackalovski (@jackalovski1) April 25, 2022
President Biden has announced his nomination of Bridget A. Brink for the next Ambassador to Ukraine. As Russia's war against Ukraine continues, an Ambassador with considerable experience and a strong commitment to diplomacy is paramount. https://t.co/GgEdxbOemD
— CEPA (@cepa) April 25, 2022
Perspective | Covering the French election, framing matters. https://t.co/kgbF1EGNXo
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) April 25, 2022
Subtweeting, but at column length:
… [T]he take industry seemed transfixed by the possibility of a Macron loss or a weak Macron victory. I listened to Michael Barbaro’s “The Daily” podcast on the French runoff election on Thursday and suffered from some cognitive dissonance while doing so. The entire tenor of the podcast was why Macron was struggling and why Le Pen was outperforming her 2017 campaign. New York Times Paris bureau chief Roger Cohen detailed all the ways that Macron had alienated the French electorate. He said that Le Pen was touching on pocketbook issues and that her support of Putin would not hurt her all that much.
At the same time, Cohen also confirmed the polling taken after the first round showing that Macron was in the lead. Barbaro also closed the podcast by noting more recent polling indicating that Macron had widened his lead to double digits.
The Atlantic’s Thomas Chatterton Williams also wrote about the French election this past Saturday, and I experienced the same cognitive dissonance while reading. He acknowledged the polls showing a widening Macron lead but nonetheless concluded, “Whatever happens tomorrow, then, the story of this election cycle is the appeal of the extremes against Macron, who just a few years ago burst onto the political scene as an Obama-like golden boy. That’s worrying for Macron, of course, and dangerous for the health of transatlantic liberalism more broadly.”
On Sunday, the second round of the French presidential election was held, and based on the tweets Macron barely eked out a victory…
“Holding off,” “staves off,” — sounds like a near-run thing! Except that Macron defeated Le Pen 58.8 percent to 41.2 percent, a margin of more than 17 points. That is not eking out a victory…
I want to be clear about what I am saying here. It is entirely fair to point out that France’s extreme political wings have gained strength in recent years. Gaming out what a Le Pen presidency would have looked like once she advanced to the second round is a proper journalistic exercise. That said, the framing matters. The tenor of the U.S. press coverage played down the polling and played up the possibility of the most disruptive outcome; I am not the only observer to notice this. In the end, Macron exceeded expectations. But the framing for the past month has been that Le Pen is the real winner. And that seems off…
It’s not that our domestic Media Village Idiots want Democrats to lose; it’s just they find it so much more exciting to fantasize about the GOP Death Cult winning!