Headline RoundupDecember 28th, 2021

Biden Tells Governors “No Federal Solution” to Pandemic, Pledges Support for States

Summary from the AllSides News Team

In a Monday call with the National Governors Association, President Joe Biden stirred headlines by saying, “Look, there is no federal solution” to COVID-19, adding, “This gets solved at a state level. I’m looking at Governor Sununu on the board here. He talks about that a lot.”

Biden’s comments came in response to remarks by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, who thanked Biden for his “comments designed to de-politicize our COVID response.” Biden pledged support to state-level efforts, telling governors, “If you need something, say something — and we — we’re going to have your back in any way we can.”

Coverage was sharply split between the right and the left. Coverage from the right focused on criticism of Biden’s “no federal solution” comment, featuring headlines like “Critics slam 'hypocrite' Biden” and “Liberal media largely give Biden a pass” (Fox News). These criticisms tended to compare the recent comments to Biden’s Oct. 2020 claim that he would “shut down the virus.” Coverage from the left was split between the “no federal solution” comment and Biden’s other remarks, with headlines like “Biden looks to reassure governors amid Omicron surge” (Politico, Lean Left bias).

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