Biden Accepts ABC Offer To Debate Trump In The Fall; Candidates Set For CNN Face Off In June

On Tuesday, there were no scheduled debates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Now President Biden says there are two. First was the self-described “breaking news” announcement this morning by CNN boss Mark Thompson at the Warner Bros Discovery upfront of one debate on CNN on June 27. Then, less than 45 minutes after the CNN announcement, Biden said there is a second debate coming Sept.10 on ABC.

Biden Signs TikTok ‘Ban’ Bill Into Law, Starting The Clock For ByteDance To Divest It

President Joe Biden signed a foreign aid package that includes a bill that would ban TikTok if China-based parent company ByteDance fails to divest the app within a year. The divest-or-ban bill is now law, starting the clock for ByteDance to make its move. The company has an initial nine months to sort out a deal, though the president could extend that another three months if he sees progress.

Biden Takes Press To Task Over Coverage Of His Polls

The media coverage of polls that show President Biden lagging behind former President Trump appears to be getting under the president’s skin. While campaigning around the country, Biden has often complained to rooms full of donors about the coverage of polls, including how often the press focuses only on low survey numbers while ignoring more favorable ones.

Biden Goes Local In Effort To Get Around National Media

Biden and his top aides say the road to reelection isn’t only through the national television and print outlets, where many of the viewers and readers are familiar with his record. As they begin the general election, a core part of their media strategy will be done at the local level, especially in an effort to move the ball forward with critical swing voters. Pictured: President Joe Biden visits his Wisconsin election campaign office in Milwaukee on March 13. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Biden Campaign Launches $30 Million Ad Onslaught

It’s part of an aggressive attempt to capitalize on the momentum from the State of the Union address.

Biden To Sit Out Super Bowl Interview For Second Year In A Row

CBS said the president declined its invitation to appear ahead of what may be the highest-rated television broadcast of the year.

Biden Also Cares Too Much About Cable News Coverage

Biden To Meet With Black Entertainment Industry Leaders

Biden Reelection War Chest Swells With Nearly $100M In Donations For Late 2023

The campaign said that it raised more than $97 million for the campaign and the Democratic party during the October to December time frame, helped in part by a huge haul during a Los Angeles fundraising swing in December. That trip raised more than $15 million, according to Jeffrey Katzenberg, who is serving as campaign co-chair.

Major Democratic Group To Spend $140M Targeting Women Voters In 2024

A prominent Democratic super PAC announced Friday that it plans to spend $200 million on the 2024 election cycle, including $140 million on television, digital, streaming, radio and mail advertisements. American Bridge 21st Century intends to focus much of its firepower on winning over women voters in key swing states, a nod to the importance of that voting bloc in the outcome of November’s elections. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Biden Campaign Accuses TV News Outlets Of Unbalanced Coverage

Says there is not enough reporting on GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s “extremism” and age.

‘Golden Bachelor’ And ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Pushed As Broadcasters Delay Thursday Night Programming For Biden’s Presidential Address

Thursday night programming will look a bit different tonight as ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox are all delaying their primetime schedules by 20 minutes to accommodate President Biden’s televised address to the nation explaining the U.S.’s response to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Russian war against Ukraine.

NTIA Urges Broad Definition Of Digital Discrimination

The Biden administration has told the FCC it should adopt a broad definition of digital discrimination, including in pricing, as it comes up with rules for handing out tens of billions of dollars in broadband buildout subsidies intended to achieve unversal deployment by decade’s end.

Biden Cites Negative Media Coverage For Why Americans Don’t See Rosy Economic Picture

President Joe Biden touted the higher-than-expected jobs numbers as a sign that Bidenomics is working, but he had a take on why polls show Americans are still deeply unhappy about the state of the economy despite the rosy stats. It has to do with media coverage. “You all are not the happiest people in the world, what you report, and I mean this sincerely,” Biden told reporters at the White House. “You get more legs when you report something that is negative.”

White House Rips Media For Fixating On Biden’s Age

The White House is lashing out at the media’s fixation on President Biden’s age and his stamina for executing the job, seeking to go on offense on an issue that polls suggest is one of Biden’s biggest vulnerabilities in his reelection campaign. Aides in a series of social media posts took direct aim at news stories and headlines — even those from left-leaning publications — relating to the 80-year-old president’s age, suggesting it was a lazy narrative that ignored Biden’s marathon trip in Asia over the last five days.

NAB: What A Fully Seated FCC Means For Broadcasters

“A fully seated FCC must pursue more ambitious and necessary reforms,” the group wrote. “Specifically, there are three areas where action is necessary to enable vital local news and information our communities need.”

President Biden Talks Climate Change On The Weather Channel

The full interview with Stephanie Abrams will first air on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 6 a.m. ET.

White House Condemns Harassment Of Wall Street Journal Reporter

Biden Administration Doles Out BEAD Broadband Billions to States

Biden Backs Effort To Crack Down On Cable And Satellite ‘Junk Fees’

President Joe Biden voiced support for regulations that would require cable and satellite TV providers to give consumers an all-in price for video service rather than laying on hidden “junk” fees. The proposal from the FCC is part of the Biden administration’s effort to crack down on companies’ hiding true costs from families, the president said Tuesday in a statement.

Biden, GOP Reach Tentative Deal To Raise Debt Ceiling, Avoid Calamitous US Default

President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached an “agreement in principle” to raise the nation’s legal debt ceiling late Saturday as they raced to strike a deal to limit federal spending and avert a potentially disastrous U.S. default. However, the agreement risks angering both Democratic and Republican sides with the concessions made to reach it.

Biden Nominates Anna Gomez To Open FCC Slot

In addition, Geoffrey Starks and Brendan Carr are re-nominated to serve additional five-year terms as FCC commissioners.

Fox News Solos On GOP Oversight Press Conference

Biden Calls For ‘Fair Deal’ For Striking Hollywood Writers

The president made his first public comments on the writers strike, which hits the one-week mark Tuesday, in remarks ahead of a screening of Disney+ series American Born Chinese. He was joined by an overflow crowd of hundreds of community leaders, elected officials and cast members and producers from the show in the East Room and the State Dining Room. “Nights like these are a reminder of stories and the importance of treating storytellers with the dignity, respect and the value they deserve,” Biden said. “I sincerely hope the writers strike in Hollywood gets resolved and the writers are given a fair deal they deserve as soon as possible.” Pictured: Actor Ke Huy Quan hugs President Joe Biden after he introduced Biden to speak before a White House screening of the American Born Chinese. The screening was held in celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Monday. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Known For Laughs, DC Dinner Spotlights Risks To Journalism

The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner — known for its fun albeit ferocious jabs at Washington — took a more solemn tone this year as President Joe Biden acknowledged the several American journalists under siege in authoritarian countries around the world. Pictured: President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, Saturday, April 29. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Joe Biden Welcomes ‘Former President Selina Meyer’ To White House For National Medal Of Arts Ceremony

Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was among “23 extraordinary Americans,” as Biden described them, awarded honors Tuesday in a star-studded East Room gathering. Along with Louis-Dreyfus, Bruce Springsteen, José Feliciano, the “Empress of soul” Gladys Knight, Mindy Kaling, Antonio Martorell-Cardona, Judith Francisca Baca, Fred Eychaner, Joan Shigekawa and Vera Wang, along with organizations the Billie Holiday Theatre and the International Association of Blacks in Dance, received medals.

Super Bowl Snub Is Latest Dust-Up Between White House, Fox News

The White House’s decision not to have President Biden sit down with a Fox News journalist for an interview during the network’s pregame coverage of this year’s Super Bowl signals a potentially frosty road ahead for Biden and the nation’s top cable news company. The two sides have given conflicting versions of what went on behind the scenes in the days before the interview, to be aired on Fox, was called off.

NEWS ANALYSIS

The Story Behind President Joe Biden Not Doing A Super Bowl Interview With Fox

In the end, the White House and Fox News will both claim the high road.

No Super Bowl Interview For Biden, White House Official Says

A White House official said Friday evening that it was “inaccurate” to say the interview had been rescheduled, contradicting a Fox Corp. spokesperson who said earlier in the day that it was happening.

Biden Pre-Super Bowl Interview With Fox Soul Now Will Happen

President Joe Biden will do a sit-down interview tied to the Super Bowl, but it will be done by Fox Soul, not Fox News. “After the White House reached out to Fox Soul Thursday evening, there was some initial confusion. Fox Soul looks forward to interviewing the President for Super Bowl Sunday,” Fox Corp. said in a statement Friday afternoon.

White House Says No Biden Interview Prior To Super Bowl

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Friday that Biden had been “looking forward” to an interview with the little-known streaming service Fox Soul, but that Fox opted out. Fox did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fox News Believes Super Bowl Interview With President Biden Won’t Take Place

With just three days to go before the Kansas City Chiefs square off against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, the White House has yet to commit to the traditional interview between the President of the United States and the news division of the media company broadcasting the gridiron classic, potentially shunning a conversation that would be seen by one of TV’s biggest audiences.

Ad Groups Counter Biden’s Call To Limit Online Targeting

Ad industry groups responded to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, which called for new privacy laws, by reiterating their support for some form of national legislation, but making clear that they will oppose attempts to broadly restrict online ad targeting.

Biden Hammers Big Tech, Tweaks Cable In State Of The Union

President Joe Biden took Big Tech to task, and got in a shot at cable fees, in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, with Big Tech getting the brunt of the criticism. “The idea that cable, internet and cellphone companies can charge you $200 or more if you decide to switch to another provider — give me a break,” he said during the part of his speech when he hammered various industries — “big pharma,” airlines — over what he called “junk fees.”

Biden To Call For ‘Strong Limits’ On Targeted Advertising

President Joe Biden plans to call for stringent curbs on targeted advertising data collection in Tuesday evening’s State of the Union address. “Big Tech companies collect huge amounts of data on the things we buy, the websites we visit, and the places we go,” the White House stated in a fact sheet outlining Biden’s speech. “There should be clear and strict limits on the ability to collect, use, transfer, and maintain our personal data, especially for sensitive data such as geolocation and health information, and the burden must fall on companies — not consumers — to minimize how much information they collect.”

NEWS ANALYSIS

The Biden Documents Scandal Is A Test For The Media — And An Opportunity

After two years of relative quiet, the Washington press corps mounted familiar battle stations this week as a Biden administration scandal took shape. “You’re not going to answer the questions, but we’re going to ask them because that’s our job,” Ed O’Keefe, a correspondent for CBS News, told White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during a press briefing Wednesday in which she repeatedly refused to provide new information about classified documents that had been found improperly stored in the president’s former office space.

Biden Urges Bipartisan Action To Rein In Big Tech

President Biden pushed for sweeping reforms to target tech giants through data privacy, competition and content moderation law updates in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Wednesday. Biden’s op-ed is light on details and falls short of backing specific policy proposals, but throws the president’s weight behind several hot-button issues Big Tech critics on both sides of the aisle have raised.

Biden Re-Submits Gigi Sohn Nomination For FCC Post

President Joe Biden, who at first did not succeed in getting his FCC nominee confirmed, or even voted on the the full Senate, is try, trying again, signaling he is not giving up on Gigi Sohn. Sohn has become a contentious pick, leaving the FCC at a 2-2 political tie for longer than at any other time. The president on Jan. 3 again submitted the nomination of Sohn to be the fifth commissioner, and third Democrat, on the FCC. She has been nominated to a five-year term, but since it is retroactive to the departure of the commissioner she is replacing — Chairman Ajit Pai, whose term expired in July 2021 — it will be, at most, a three-year-plus term.

Biden Gives First Major TV Interview Since Midterms To Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore has scored President Biden’s first TV sitdown since last month’s midterm elections. Barrymore, 47, host of the syndicated Drew Barrymore Show, taped an interview with Biden and his wife, Jill, at the White House last Friday, although the program won’t air until Monday, Dec. 19.

US Moves To Shield Saudi Crown Prince In Journalist Killing

The Biden administration declared Thursday that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince should be considered immune from a lawsuit over his role in the killing of a U.S.-based journalist, a turnaround from Joe Biden’s passionate campaign trail denunciations of Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the brutal slaying.