The White House cut off a live feed of President Joe Biden immediately after he offered to take questions from reporters during a discussion with House Democrats.
The move was clearly an attempt to shelter Biden who has been kept in hiding from the press his entire presidency, and the clip of Biden’s words forcing the feed to be cut has gone viral.
Joe Biden has yet to host a solo press-conference as president, a move which makes the obvious attempt to stop him from having to take questions even more apparent.
Newsweek reported on the video:
“During the session from the White House briefing room on Wednesday, Biden had urged fellow Democrats to make the case for the COVID relief package to their constituents.
At the end of the speech, Biden said: “I’m happy to take questions, if that’s what I’m supposed to do Nance,” referring to the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had introduced him at the start of his address.
“Whatever you want me to do,” he added, looking ready to field questions. But then the feed abruptly ended and a graphic of the White House appeared on screen.”
Even members of the liberal media like Brian Stelter of CNN have highlighted Biden’s lack of press conferences and encouraged reporters to continue their push for increased access to the president.
“There are many ways to measure an American president’s accessibility. One way is by counting press conferences. Right now, by that count, President Biden looks invisible,” he wrote in his newsletter.
“In my view, reporters are right to be pushing for more Q&A access, and they shouldn’t let up the pressure,” added Stelter. “Biden should use the press conference setting to tell the public about what he’s doing…”
Stelter also highlighted criticism of Biden from CNN White House reporter Kevin Liptak.
“As we await word on when President Biden will hold his first solo press conference, an analysis of the past 100 years shows he is behind his 15 most recent predecessors, who all held a solo press conference within 33 days of taking office,” Liptak said.
“While he has taken questions from reporters on a few occasions, including during sprays and a more formal Q&A session following an event in January, he has not held a formal press conference,” noted the White House reporter. “That includes both a solo press conference or a 2+2 news conference during his two virtual ‘bilateral’ meetings with the leaders of Canada and Mexico.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to an inquiry about the lack of access from Stelter:
“We look forward to holding a full formal press conference, but in the meantime the President takes questions from the reporters covering the White House regularly, including this morning.”
“And his focus day in and day out is on getting the pandemic under control and putting people back to work. That’s what people elected him to do.”
The move by Biden – or whoever controls him – to hide in the shadows is a stark contrast from his predecessor’s frequent and rather memorable interactions with the media.
During his tenure President Trump offered himself to the media very regularly, despite the massive amounts of liberal bias that they showed when attacking and criticizing him at every turn.
In fact, while Trump was president, the Washington Post even wrote a piece titled, “President Trump is extremely accessible,” highlighting Trump’s accessibility to the press – pointing out that in his first two years alone, Trump racked up 4.5 times more short question and answer sessions (338) than Barrack Obama did in his first two years (75).”