Headline RoundupJanuary 19th, 2022

Biden's First Year Criticized Across the Spectrum

Summary from the AllSides News Team

One year into President Joe Biden's White House stint, news media across the spectrum are highlighting his successes, failures and the road ahead.

Biden was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2021 and quickly signed a series of executive orders. Since then, many of his administration's major initiatives have stalled due in part to dissent from moderate Democrats and a failure to win over Republicans. Biden's signature Build Back Better economic plan is held up in Congress, and his push for voting reform is hung up on the Senate's hesitance to get rid of the filibuster and opposition from key moderates. Meanwhile, new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the U.S. remain high despite Biden's focus on encouraging vaccinations and public safety. Several major polls reported this week that Biden's approval rating is at its lowest point of his presidency.

Left-rated and right-rated voices both addressed Biden's failure to advance major agenda items such as Build Back Better and new voting legislation. Right-rated voices often highlighted the violent Afghanistan withdrawal and chaotic fallout, the southern border crisis, high inflation and falling approval ratings as marks against Biden. Tucker Carlson (Right bias) argued that the mainstream media is starting to turn on Biden over his policy shortcomings. Charles Lane (Center) said one of the year's biggest takeaways was the Republican party's growing strength. Leana Wen (Lean Left) called on Biden to articulate a better COVID-19 strategy in his second year. An analysis from Politico (Lean Left) highlighted how voters graded Biden's first year poorly.

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