Headline RoundupMay 27th, 2024

Biden Honors Fallen Service Members During Arlington Cemetery Address

Summary from the AllSides News Team

President Joe Biden marked Memorial Day by honoring the nation’s fallen service members during an address at Arlington National Cemetery.

Key Quotes: “We gather at this sacred place at this solemn moment to remember and to honor the sacrifice of the hundreds of thousands of women and men have given their lives to this nation. Each one, literally, a link in the chain of honor stretching back to our founding days, each one bound by common commitment not to a place, not to a person, not to a president, but to an idea unlike any idea in human history: the idea of the United States of America.” Biden added, “On this day, we came together again to reflect, to remember, and above all, to recommit to the future they fought for, a future grounded in freedom, democracy, opportunity and equality. Not just for some, but for all.” Biden also reflected on the death of his son, Beau Biden, who died of cancer believed to be connected to exposure to chemicals during his military service.

How the Media Covered It: The Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) determined Biden’s comments about defending democracy were in reference to his 2024 opponent, former President Donald Trump. Reporting from The Hill (Center bias) and the Associated Press (Lean Left bias) did not make this connection. The Hill did reference Trump in its coverage, stating that Biden’s speech was in “stark contrast” to Trump, who recently labeled “those who don’t support him as ‘human scum.’”

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