Sen. Joe Manchin apologizes after trashing 'open press system' on Davos panel
Manchin apologetic for slamming ‘open press system’ at Davos panel
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo that he is ‘totally’ apologetic for saying the ‘open press system’ is a ‘problem’ while speaking on a Davos panel.
After smearing the "open press system" on the Davos World Economic Forum stage, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., has apologized for his comments and not fully explaining his thinking on "Mornings with Maria" Wednesday.
"I totally apologize because I didn't explain it properly, that was the problem," Manchin told host Maria Bartiromo in Davos, Switzerland. "The open press that we have, which is absolutely the bedrock for democracy, okay? But there's so much access."
On Tuesday, Manchin was joined alongside several American politicians at the annual global event in Davos. They were asked by the moderator, who cited the 2022 midterms that did not result in a red wave as expected, whether they believe political attitudes in the U.S. are changing, particularly when it comes to polarization.
"Let me just say real quick – the American people, basically, I think are tired and very, very upset with how the operations are… going whether it could be in extreme states or extreme Congress that we have," Manchin had chimed in. "The problem that we have is the open press system and basically all the platforms. So if you're able to have five platforms, social platforms, you can basically personify the extremes as somebody who is extremely right or extremely left, and it seems like that is the majority speaking. They're not the majority, but they're basically driving everybody to make a decision."
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Manchin clarified that America is home to a "very good, competent press," but social media platforms can become echo chambers that reward "bad behavior."