May 08, 2020
‘A Colossal Technological Trainwreck’: Biden’s Virtual Rally Disaster
Biden’s virtual Florida rally was nothing short of an absolute disaster – and that’s being generous. Joe Biden’s “glitch-filled example of how not to do a web event” is his campaign’s latest failed attempt to generate excitement for his listless, sleepy campaign. One reporter noted, the "Trump campaign went on and on all day on press calls about how Biden isn’t up to snuff with their tech operation and then they go and reinforce the Trump narrative of their own campaign. Unbelievable."
In contrast, Team Trump has seamlessly transitioned to virtual campaigning. With glitch-free broadcasts airing 7 days a week to millions of viewers, over a million volunteers making millions of phone calls, and an app that is beating all network and cable news apps, it’s obvious that Sleepy Joe just can’t keep up.
Don’t take our word for it:
- The Floridian: Biden’s virtual rally in Tampa implodes
Things have gone from really bad to as worse as they can get for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign as his highly publicized virtual rally turns out to be a disaster.
Forget about the series of gaffes he makes on a regular basis, or the allegation of sexual assault, Biden’s virtual rally in Tampa Florida with U.S. Reps. Charlie Crist and Kathy Castor, and Sen. Janet Cruz, was nothing less than a colossal technological trainwreck.
- Deadline: Joe Biden’s Virtual Campaign Rally Plagued By Glitches; Vice President Asks, ‘Am I On?”
Then a seemingly confused Biden asks an aide, “They introduce me?” To the same off-camera staffer: “Am I on?”
Biden’s subsequent speech is plagued by streaming issues. What was billed as a virtual campaign rally in Tampa turned into a glitch-filled example of how not to do a Web event.
- Vice News: ‘Am I On?’ Joe Biden Just Did a Virtual Town Hall From ‘Tampa’ and It Didn’t Go So Well
So plagued by technical problems it looked like it was being run by local seniors attempting Zoom for the first time.
- Fox 13 News: Biden's virtual rally for Tampa falters, plagued by technical issues
A 45-minute rally targeted at a Tampa audience did not go as planned, as it was rife with poor audio quality, choppy video, and a candidate who wasn't even sure when he was on camera.
- Tampa Bay Times: Joe Biden hosted a virtual campaign rally in Tampa. It didn’t go great.
The 5:15 p.m. “virtual rally” ostensibly set in Tampa streamed live on YouTube. Sort of…
Finally, 40 minutes into the rally, Biden was introduced. And what an entrance. A full-seven seconds after his introduction, Biden appeared, not moving. As he leaned against a wall, Biden sported his trademark aviators.
He then walked up the camera, still wearing the shades. It sounded like he said “Just me?” as he looked off camera. Next, he walked up closer. “Now?”
- Florida Politics: Technical troubles waylay Joe Biden ‘virtual rally’
Technical glitches overwhelmed the broadcast as the production went on, with the stream cutting out completely 25 minutes into the late-starting event on both Facebook and YouTube. Though the broadcast came back, inconsistent sound and the occasional air horn suffused the telecast.
- The Washington Post: Biden virtual Tampa rally runs into glitches, awkwardness and blank screens
“They introduce me?” a blurry Joe Biden asked five seconds after he appeared on-screen. “Am I on?” he added, as he walked toward the camera on choppy video and removed his aviator sunglasses.
What was supposed to be a crisp and cool introduction instead stoked confusion.
- WFLA: Technical Troubles plague Joe Biden’s virtual campaign rally in Tampa
It wasn’t long before technical difficulties hit the candidate’s stream. Appearances from guests like Florida Sen. Janet Cruz (D-Tampa), Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) were plagued by glitches and lagging audio that made it hard to hear what was being said.
At one point, the feed completely dropped out and left viewers staring at a black screen for several minutes.
- RealClearPolitics: Joe Biden’s Virtual Rally In Tampa, Florida Marred By Technical Difficulties: “Am I On?”
Evan Axelbank at FOX 13 News in Tampa tweeted presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden played right into Trump's hands with a virtual rally held on YouTube that was hampered with technical glitches. Biden, who was inside a Florida home, fell victim to image and audio glitches, screens going dark, participants appearing and disappearing, and viewers leaving in droves.
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