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Biden's camp claims the press 'hates him' because 'they want someone cooler' in the White House

Joe Biden's camp is all in on the media bias narrative.

Throughout the summer, the former vice president's press coverage was marked by his neverending gaffes and the occasional sexist comment. Yet his polling numbers against other 2020 Democrats have hovered around 30 percent all the while, prompting high-profile supporters to claim the reporters covering Biden are just too young to understand his appeal, Politico's Ryan Lizza reports.

Biden's rallies and polling numbers are dominated by older, white, and more conservative voters — adjectives that just don't describe Biden's press corps, one "well-known Democrat backing Biden" told Politico. "They are products, increasingly, of fairly elite schools," "were in college when Barack Obama ran for president," and are often "shocked to learn they have relatives who voted for Donald Trump," the Democrat said. This leads them to falsely believe "this party as dominated by woke millennials," the Democrat continued. To sum it all up, the Biden press corps is "younger and they want someone cooler" to win the presidency, the Democrat said.

One top adviser spun the negative coverage as an additional point for Biden, saying "I don't know of anybody who has taken as sustained and vitriolic a negative pounding as Biden and who has come through it with the strength he has."

As examples of Biden's negative coverage, Lizza cites the former vice president's "cringe-inducing comments" to a 13-year-old girl's brothers, telling them to "keep the guys away from your sister." Lizza was fired by The New Yorker in late 2017 over a claim of sexual misconduct, which he denied. Read more at Politico.