No sooner than Politico reported how Joe Biden is “expected to unveil a long-awaited package of executive actions to curb gun violence Thursday at the White House”—citing tips from four unidentified sources—did pro-gun Internet sites erupt with speculation about what the president will say.
All said pretty much the same thing, that Biden might make an announcement on so-called “ghost guns” to require background checks, and about plugging the so-called “Charleston loophole.”
However, none of the stories provided many details, and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the president would provide details Thursday.
Whether the public accepts the reports is another issue. A new Rasmussen survey released Wednesday says only 33 percent of likely U.S. voters “trust the political news they are getting.” Fifty-three percent don’t trust the political news, and 54 percent of likely voters “voters now believe most reporters when they write or talk about Biden are trying to help the president pass his agenda.”
Right now, Biden’s agenda apparently includes gun control. And with only 10 percent of the media “trying to block Biden from passing his agenda,” according to the Rasmussen poll, the Delaware Democrat may have fairly smooth sailing, at least from the establishment media.
How it all gets reported may also be a matter of speculation. Rasmussen said only 27 percent of survey respondents “think most reporters are simply interested in reporting the news in an unbiased manner.”
In 2019, Rasmussen recalled, “51% of voters believed most reporters were trying block President Trump from passing his agenda,” suggesting there is a perception of liberal media bias.
Politico also suggested Biden may announce his nominee for director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “who will play a key role in any executive branch action on guns.” With a 50-50 split in the Senate, any nominee for the director’s job could face a tough confirmation process.
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