Washington Post has been mocked for an overly enthusiastic headline that called the coronavirus relief bill a “defining move” of Joe Biden’s presidency, poised to “sharply” cut poverty by “showering money” on Americans.
After the Senate narrowly passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill on Saturday, and President Joe Biden promised that eligible Americans will start receiving their $1,400 stimulus checks from this month onwards, the Washington Post tried to explain that the massive rescue package is more than just about this modest handout.
However, titled ‘Biden stimulus showers money on Americans, sharply cutting poverty in defining move of presidency,’ the story was criticized for the poor choice of wording that some called “creepy” and “worthy of North Korea.”
Creepy headline worthy of North Korea. Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post letting us know all is well— keep taking your Soma, watching Netflix, and ordering from Amazon, because Biden is “showering” us with money! https://t.co/24HJasXw0e
— Kelley Paul (@KelleyAshbyPaul) March 7, 2021
“Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post letting us know all is well— keep taking your Soma, watching Netflix, and ordering from Amazon, because Biden is ‘showering’ us with money!” quipped Senator Rand Paul’s wife Kelley.
— Tara Dublin Is Still Waiting For Her Big Break (@taradublinrocks) March 7, 2021
While the majority of Americans have for months been awaiting any direct cash aid, WaPo praised the new relief bill as one of the “most generous expansions of aid to the poor in recent history,” and cited estimates by economists that the bill will boost growth this year “to the highest level in decades” and “reduce the number of Americans living in poverty by a third.”
Huge Turkmenbashi and Brezhnev vibes here. “Showers” money on Americans? Could WashPo exaggerate Biden’s achievements in a more grotesque way? Probably not. Shameful. 🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/ineEjPshIu
— FrauLevenberg (@FrauLevenberg) March 7, 2021
Some sensed a strong ‘Dear Leader’ vibe, while others jokingly warned each other not to spend the check, which for many can hardly cover a month’s rent, in one place.
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