Headline RoundupJuly 27th, 2023

McConnell's Health Questioned After Freeze-up at News Conference

Summary from AllSides News Team

On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) raised concerns when he froze mid-sentence at a press conference for about 20 seconds.

Key Details: Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) led McConnell away from the lectern after the episode. McConnell returned about 10 minutes later, saying he was fine but had felt lightheaded.

Key Quote: "The president called to check on me. I told him I got sandbagged," McConnell said, making reference to Biden's fall last month during the commencement ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The White House said at the time that Biden tripped and fell over a sandbag and that he was not injured. 

For Context: The 81-year-old Republican leader was hospitalized in March with a concussion after taking a serious fall at a fundraising dinner in Washington, and reportedly had another fall earlier this month that was previously unreported. McConnell is a polio survivor who has long struggled with climbing stairs and navigating other obstacles.

How the Media Covered it: Some right-rated sources focused more on McConnell's joke about Biden. Left-rated sources focused more on other new reports of McConnell's recent falls and framed the situation as more dire.

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