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The article discusses the debate over which news story, Biden's mental capacity or Trump's comments about NATO, should receive more attention from the media. The special counsel's report describing Biden as an elderly man with a poor memory led to renewed media interest in Biden's mental capacity for a second term. Meanwhile, former president Donald Trump's rally where he criticized a NATO ally for not paying enough towards NATO's budget also garnered attention. Media critics on the left criticized the extensive coverage of Biden's age, questioning if it was a bigger problem than Trump's controversies.
On Thursday afternoon, a special counsel's report on a documents investigation went out of its way to describe President Joe Biden as a 'well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory' who forgets key dates.
These were two newsworthy events that sparked a debate. Media coverage heavily focused on Biden's mental capacity, with critics on the left questioning if it was a bigger problem than Trump's controversies. The article highlights the criticism of cable news chyrons and headlines that emphasized Biden's age over Trump's indictments. Overall, the article discusses the differing opinions on which news story should receive more attention from the media.
The debate over which should be considered the bigger news story and thus get more attention from the nation's press.