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Thumbs Down: News Stations’ Videos Of Biden Address Fare Poorly Online
U.S. President Joe Biden pauses while speaking during a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
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President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night fared relatively poorly online.

Aside from generally low views, left-leaning news stations and outlets that streamed the speech, like USAToday, NBC News, CBS News, CNBC News, and CNN all had “thumbs down” reactions outnumbering “thumbs up” reactions.

One of the only major news stations to have approving reacts outnumbering disapproving reacts was ABC News.

USAToday’s stream of the speech as of Thursday morning amassed 36,872 views, only 584 approving reactions and 2,600 disapproving reactions.

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NBC News’ video had 27,789 views by Thursday morning. The video also totaled more negative reactions than positive, 695 to 1,500, respectively.

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CBS News fared better in views, totally 187,657 views by Thursday morning. But the station still amassed more negative reactions, 3,200, than positive reactions, 2,900.

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The CNBC News video totaled 76,079 views by Thursday morning, with more than three times as many negative reactions than positive, 5,500 to 1,800.

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CNN neared almost 200,000 views, but, again, was bested with negative reactions, 7,500 to 5,100.

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The White House has two videos of the speech on their YouTube account. Both videos have the comment sections disabled, which is the norm for the Biden White House. The negative reactions on both videos, too, have more negative reactions than positive.

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Fox News’ video of the address, which notably included “Sen. Tim Scott’s GOP response” in the title, totaled 241,150 views by Thursday morning. There were 3,200 negative reactions and 2,800 positive reactions.

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ABC News’ video of the address fared relatively well for Biden. The video amassed 365,515 views by Thursday morning and have more positive reactions, 7,100, than negative, 3,600.

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Critics of the Biden speech hit the president for being divisive and spewing false and misleading claims. The Daily Wire reported:

Democrat President Joe Biden faced intense backlash over the speech he delivered to Congress on Wednesday night with many critics calling it extreme, full of false statements, and divisive.

Biden spent the night pushing for big government spending, mocking gun owners, and saying that he did not want conflict with America’s enemies. Biden failed to give the Trump administration any credit for Operation Warp Speed, which did the heavy lifting when it came to getting vaccines developed in historic time.

Notably, even before the speech was delivered, Biden was hit with backlash for his bleak and divisive prepared remarks, The Daily Wire reported:

“100 days since I took the oath of office—lifted my hand off our family Bible—and inherited a nation in crisis,” Biden claimed in prepared remarks. “The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”

“Now—after just 100 days—I can report to the nation: America is on the move again,” Biden claimed. “Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength.”

Related: Biden Slammed For ‘Divisive And Radical’ Speech That May Cause ‘Bloodbath For Democrats’ In 2022

Related: ‘Uncle Tim’ Trends On Twitter After Tim Scott’s Rebuttal To Biden’s SOTU Address

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