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Let's not fuss about those Talibans..

“I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban. And there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.” - those were the words President Biden said to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on July 23, 2021. On August 15, Ghani had to flee the presidential palace, and the Taliban entered Kabul.

The quote is from a transcript of a 14 minutes phone call between the two Presidents published by Reuters on August 31, 2021.

It would seem worth reporting, both for the dubious transparency of the President and for his lack of insight into the situation (in the transcript Biden also is reported saying “You clearly have the best military”).

So we looked for mentions of the phone call in the 2 weeks after Reuters reported it in all outlets in our database.

Click on Show data to see the outlets that covered the piece of news across the political spectrum.


Sources include CBS News, Washington Post, USA Today, Breitbart News Network, Fox News, New York Post, Washington Examiner

David Lienemann, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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