President Joe Biden was hammered by his political opponents over the weekend because of his botched troop exit from Afghanistan. A move that allowed the Taliban to seize control over the capital of Kabul.
However something more concerning for the Democratic administration, came by way of outspoken mainstream media.
While corporate media outlets have long earned their reputation of leaning left, often overlooking potential damning headlines aimed at Biden while criticizing conservatives at every turn.
But some of the media industry’s most outspoken liberal pundits and progressive news organizations have taken Biden to task over scenes of chaos and desperation as the Islamist terrorist group takes power.
CNN’s Jake Tapper opened Sunday’s edition of “State of the Union” by calling the situation a “tragic foreign policy disaster” that caught the Biden White House “flat-footed.”
“That is, of course, a sharp turn-around from six weeks ago when President Biden called it highly unlikely that the Taliban would overrun the country, an assessment that even at the time struck many experts in Biden’s own administration as unrealistic,” Tapper said. “Now, as American diplomats rush to shred embassy documents and escape, it seems shocking that President Biden could have been so wrong.”
BODIED: CNN's Jake Tapper comes firing out of the gate at State Sec. Blinken and Pres. Biden, asking: "This is not just about the overall idea of leaving Afghanistan. This is about leaving hastily and ineptly. Secretary Blinken, how did President Biden get this so wrong?" pic.twitter.com/JM5EOHqY31
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) August 15, 2021
The Atlantic published a story headlined, “Biden’s Betrayal of Afghans Will Live in Infamy,” which declared the burden of shame for the debacle falls on Biden.
CNN’s presidential historian Tim Naftali was one of many observers to compare the situation to the infamous fall of Saigon.
“This is the Saigon moment for President Biden and this will be an albatross around his neck for the rest of time,” Naftali said.
The New York Times senior writer David E. Sanger wrote that Biden “came to office with more foreign policy experience than any president in recent memory” but still managed to put a stain on his legacy with poor execution.
“Biden will go down in history, fairly or unfairly, as the president who presided over a long-brewing, humiliating final act in the American experiment in Afghanistan,” Sanger wrote. “Even many of Mr. Biden’s allies who believe he made the right decision to finally exit a war that the United States could not win and that was no longer in its national interest concede he made a series of major mistakes in executing the withdrawal.”
NBC reporter Richard Engel told viewers the Taliban takeover shouldn’t surprise anyone who was paying attention.
“I’m not shocked at all,” Engel said on Sunday from Kabul.
CBS reporter Kathryn Watson tweeted the transcript of a July 8 press conference when Biden told reporters the Afghan government and its leadership “clearly” had the capacity to sustain the government in place.
Longtime CBC News White House correspondent Mark Knoller added to the criticism.
Though Camp David fully equipped as a presidential command center, Biden seems out of touch there in response to Afghanistan. Bad optics.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 16, 2021
“Though Camp David fully equipped as a presidential command center, Biden seems out of touch there in response to Afghanistan,” Knoller tweeted. “Bad optics.”