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With just a few hours until President Biden delivered his first address to Congress on Wednesday, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News couldn’t hold back their excitement as they trumpeted Biden’s call for an additional $4 trillion in federal spending on mostly liberal pet projects. CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell kicked off the newscast by celebrating the return of big government, while NBC’s Lester Holt parroted Biden’s on-the-record comments attacking Republicans.
O’Donnell was arguably the most excited by the prospects of Biden’s massive spending spree, soon to be $6 trillion total. “25 years after Bill Clinton declared that the era of big government is over, President Biden will argue the opposite,” she cheered, “saying that ‘Government still works’ and can deliver for the people, as he attempts to sell trillions of dollars in new federal spending on everything from universal pre-K and free community college to elder care and infrastructure.”
As for Holt, he started his program with a tacit admission that he was working as a puppet of the administration as they fought against the congressional Republicans:
I met with the president for over an hour today as part of a small group of TV journalists. While mostly off-the-record, the President did share on-the-record his concerns about whether he can find bipartisan consensus on any of this, telling us he has to figure out if there's a Republican Party to deal, and not one splintered and fearful of one another. So how big will he, can he go? Peter Alexander previews tonight's address.
Their meeting was off-the-record, but he eagerly wanted to share the part Biden wanted them to share with their viewers. Hacks.