Biden's director of broadcasting Mariel Saez leaves the White House

Biden’s director of broadcasting Mariel Saez leaves the White House

Mariel Saez, director of broadcast media at the White House, is about to step down after a year on the job as President Biden ramps up travel and tries to change his media interaction amid low approval ratings.

Saez, who also worked on Biden’s presidential campaign and inaugural committee, will leave in the coming weeks, CNN reported.

Her departure comes from a largely stable White House public relations team after managing officials on TV hits, and follows a series of departures from Vice President Kamala Harris’s office.

The White House took steps to prevent a similar narrative from spreading in its own store, providing recorded quotes from Saez and communications director Kate Bedingfield praising her “dedication” and “strategic advice.”

“I have been honored to serve the President as Director of Broadcast Media, and I am grateful to my talented and dedicated colleagues in the White House and Administration who have worked hand in hand with me to communicate the President’s broadcast priorities. media,” Saez said in a statement.

Mariel Saez, director of broadcasting for the White House, is stepping down.  Her departure is due to Biden's approval rating hovering around the 40 mark.

Mariel Saez, director of broadcasting for the White House, is stepping down. Her departure is due to Biden’s approval rating hovering around the 40 mark.

News of her departure comes just weeks before Biden is set to deliver his State of the Union address, an event that also includes a traditional luncheon with top television hosts.

Biden attended a sit-in interview with NBC’s Lester Holt that aired during the Super Bowl, with parts leaked by the network amid the Ukraine crisis and Biden’s search for a Supreme Court nominee.

One media critic in key Arizona wrote an op-ed titled, “Joe Biden’s Super Bowl Interview with Lester Holt Went So Fast You Might Have Missed It,” with many of the key stories already distributed ahead of time.

The President has also tried his hand at sit-down interviews on local television despite low approval ratings and his inability to get his message across due to regular speeches from the White House and brief skirmishes with the media.

Biden’s on-air interactions are designed to bypass the media “filter” in Washington, DC.

News of her departure came after Biden's sit-in interview with NBC, which showed a clip during the Super Bowl.

News of her departure came after Biden’s sit-in interview with NBC, which showed a clip during the Super Bowl.

Biden also tried to get around the DC filter with interviews on local television.

Biden also tried to get around the DC filter with interviews on local television.

Vice President Kamala Harris witnessed the departure of a number of aides, including Chief Press Secretary Simon Sanders.

Vice President Kamala Harris witnessed the departure of a number of aides, including Chief Press Secretary Simon Sanders.

Biden's meeting with NBC's Lester Holt followed a rare January press conference in which he promised to travel to the country more often to

Biden’s meeting with NBC’s Lester Holt followed a rare January press conference in which he promised to travel to the country more often to “go out and talk to the public.”

Biden held a rare press conference last month, speaking for almost two hours. At the event, he signaled a change in communications strategy: his approval numbers were consistently below 40, and the midterm elections were less than a year away.

‘Number one: I get out of this place more often. I’m going to go out and talk to the public,” Biden said. However, due to international issues and the ongoing pandemic, Biden has been unable to get out of the city beyond short day trips about once a week.

Saez helped organize 2,700 interviews to help the Biden administration get its case across. Her tweets list some of them, such as Small Business Administration chief Gina Raimondo reacting to a 7.5% year-on-year inflation jump last week.

Raimondo said almost a third of the January jump was driven by used car prices, which were affected by supply chain issues.

Biden’s approval averaged just 41 percent across RealClearPolitics after receiving a net negative rating last summer.

The on-air position has a long working day, which allows her to take interviews that start as early as 5:30 am or may be on local news at 11:00 pm. Prior to joining the White House, she was an aide to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for ten years.

Saez’s departure follows a series of layoffs from Vice President Kamala Harris’s staff, including Harris’ top spokeswoman Simone Sanders, communications director Eshely Etienne, and several others.

Harris’ chief speechwriter Keith Childs Graham is stepping down and is expected to leave at the end of the month.

White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield praised Saez in a statement to CNN.

“Mariel has been an invaluable member of our team and her strategic advice and advice, close relationships with the networks, hard work and dedication have served the president, the vice president and the entire Biden-Harris administration so well,” Bedingfield said. “She is an amazing talent and an incomparable teammate and we will miss her greatly.”

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