Only ABC Notes Unwanted, Unpopular Biden in Pennsylvania

By Rich Noyes 

Alone among the three broadcast morning shows, only ABC’s Good Morning America covered President Biden’s campaign appearance with Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman in Pennsylvania on Thursday, and correspondent Rachel Scott admitted the President is unpopular with voters and unwanted by most Democratic candidates.

“Many Democratic candidates have been hesitant to campaign with President Biden, given his low approval ratings,” Scott acknowledged, contrasting Democrats’ decision to hide Biden with former President Trump’s many rallies four years ago: “Donald Trump held 26 rallies in October 2018. Barack Obama, 16. But Biden has been largely absent from the campaign trail, trading public campaign rallies for big dollar fundraisers behind closed doors.

This ongoing embarrassment for Democrats went unstated on CBS and NBC Friday morning. In their supposedly “hard news” first half hour, CBS Mornings instead carved out time for a long-range winter weather forecast (cold), while NBC’s Today chose to regale viewers with the highlights of Thursday night’s football game.

Still, while ABC at least talked about the President’s problems, Scott neglected to mention Fetterman’s ongoing health problems which have put the race in peril for Democrats, and showed no clips of Fetterman speaking. Nor was a word said about Fetterman’s extreme left-wing views on issues like abortion, where he opposes any restrictions.

Citing polls compiled by FiveThirtyEight, Scott said Fetterman was “running about 4 points ahead of his Republican opponent, TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz.” But she failed to say that this lead has eroded significantly from a month ago (an 8.9% lead for Fetterman back on September 21, vs. just 4.4% now), even while polls in the governor’s race remain stable.

If the Pennsylvania Senate race does wind up in the Republican column, Scott warned viewers: “Their odds of flipping the Senate go from 41% to 75%.”

Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.