Headline RoundupOctober 12th, 2022

Biden Talks Economy, Russia, Oil, and Hunter in CNN Interview

AllSides Summary

Key Facts: President Joe Biden sat down with CNN (Left bias) Tuesday night to discuss Russia, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. economy, his son Hunter Biden, and more.

Key Quotes: Biden said there's "going to be some consequences" for Saudi Arabia over oil prices. He said he doesn't think "there will be a recession" in the U.S., but "if it is, it will be a slight recession." He called Russia's President Vladimir Putin "a rational actor who has miscalculated significantly," and he said he's "proud" of his son Hunter Biden for being "on the straight and narrow" despite legal and drug issues.

For Context: OPEC+, the intergovernmental organization that helps set oil prices, announced significant production cuts last week that are seen as a boon for Russia; Saudi Arabia is the 2nd-largest country in OPEC. Putin's rhetoric around his invasion of Ukraine has grown more extreme, with Biden warning recently that Putin "is not joking" about using nuclear weapons. And last week, numerous sources reported that federal authorities believe they have enough evidence to charge Hunter Biden with tax and gun crimes.

How the Media Covered It: Biden's interview was a top story across the political spectrum Wednesday morning. Right-rated outlets paid much more attention to his remarks about Hunter; left-rated sources focused more on his comments about Saudi Arabia and Russia.

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