For the most part, Republicans and right-wing citizens believe the media treats President Joe Biden very well. Too well, in fact.
They claim reporters treat Biden with kid gloves and let him get away with things they would’ve slammed Donald Trump for. And in some cases, that’s a very strong point to make.
But not all reporters are happy with Biden — in truth, some are upset and frustrated.
Though some claim the mainstream press has been easy on Biden in 2021, there has been evidence of dissent. From the start, journalists were annoyed that Biden refused to answer questions.
And as time has gone on, the President seems even less willing to address reporters.
This has finally resulted in retaliation from the White House press team, which is tired of Biden dodging and evading their questions. They believe POTUS simply isn’t accessible enough.
That has led to an official complaint, which Biden won’t be able to ignore.
Via The Daily Wire:
The White House press pool filed a formal complaint against Democrat President Joe Biden for refusing to answer questions from American media about the multiple crises that have erupted under his regime.
Some argue that Biden’s aides keep questions to a minimum in order to save the President from blundering on live TV.
When faced with surprise questions, it’s clear that the President is often flustered and doesn’t always respond coherently. This could be a big reason why he doesn’t call on many reporters.
During a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, for example, it seemed clear Biden’s team was in control. As CBS News reporter Ed O’Keefe tweeted:
IN THE OVAL OFFICE… @POTUS Biden and British PM @BorisJohnson meet to discuss pandemic, trade and other issues. Johnson took 3 questions. White House aides shouted down U.S. attempts to ask questions. I asked Biden about southern border and we couldn’t decipher what he said. pic.twitter.com/A86kgdfsuc
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) September 21, 2021
Afterward, White House Correspondents’ Association President Steven Portnoy filed a complaint with with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
In the complaint, they say “no American reporters were recognized for questions” and O’Keefe’s question about the border went unanswered because nobody could hear Biden.
Portnoy has asked that Biden hold a press conference to make up for the mess, though Biden’s staff hasn’t responded just yet.
This is hardly the first example of Biden shutting out journalists during meetings and conferences, as The Daily Wire noted. As for this incident, other reporters sounded off.
Said Stephen Miller of The Spectator:
Joe Biden has not taken or answered a single question regarding the border, FDA boosters getting shot down and the drone strike that killed 7 kids.
His aides shout down reporters and herds them out of rooms, and the press complies with them.
Ashley Parker of The Washington Post added that despite Biden always pushing for democracy, it was the British leader who exhibited a democratic principle in taking questions from the press.
Darren Grimes of GB News noted that if former President Donald Trump had done the same thing, it wouldn’t have gone well.
He says the media would’ve slammed him as a “fascist dictator” who was “evading scrutiny.” And given the difference in how the media treats these two leaders, that’s probably accurate.
But clearly, Biden’s refusal to answer questions during this latest meeting has sparked widespread outrage among reporters.
It might’ve been the straw that broke the camel’s back — after many months of similar occurrences, journalists covering the White House just aren’t going to take it anymore.
- The White House press team filed a formal complaint against President Joe Biden.
- During a recent meeting with British leader Boris Johnson, Biden apparently refused to take any questions from the American media.
- This isn’t the first time Biden has been accused of ignoring reporters and evading questions. Many reporters have complained about this for months.
Source: The Daily Wire