If there’s one thing we know about Joe Biden, it’s that he doesn’t like answering hard questions from the press. During his campaign, hard questions, and even some soft questions, led to many now infamous gaffes. And luckily for him, the press hasn’t really been interested in asking him any hard questions. Even Politico admitted that “The media’s biggest favor to Biden was to ignore him.”
After the election, Biden’s campaign press secretary TJ Ducklo told Brian Stelter,
“President-elect Biden believes that the media is a critical piece of our democracy; that transparency is incredibly important. He also believes, though, that it’s the media’s job to hold him accountable. He’s there to do the people’s work and he welcomes that relationship. He welcomes their role.”
But last week brought reports that journalists were becoming “frustrated” with Joe Biden and his team for avoiding questions on the Hunter Biden investigation, which they’ve finally decided is worth journalistic investigation. Fox News reported,
“Biden officials called on five reporters in Friday’s Zoom briefing, from the New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, PBS and Politico, and ignored questions from Fox News and others. Toward the end of the brief questioning, other reporters grew frustrated and started using Zoom’s “chat” function to pressure Biden officials to provide more access.”
Sam Stein from The Daily Beast wrote,
“Hey guys, there tons of folks looking to ask questions and since this is being done once a week, could we PLEASE go longer or at least hold more frequent briefings.”
Zeke Miller from The Associated Press said,
“Any chance you can take a few more questions? There are a lot of folks here with questions.”
And White House reporter Andrew Feinberg asked,
“Is there a point in saying we want to ask questions if you only call on the same small group every week?”
After some reporters began to publicly complain about the situation, the Biden White House transition team decided to avoid the questions completely by simply disabling the chat function on the virtual press conferences.
The Biden transition team appears to have disabled the public chat function on its transition zoom calls, a place where I and others had been routinely complaining to them to take more questions.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) December 30, 2020
And as the leftist mainstream media fully believes that presumptive president-elect Biden will be inaugurated in January, members of the press openly admit that they will change the way they cover a Biden Administration. The Atlantic ran a story specifically about how the liberal media plans to report differently if Biden is the President. Here is an excerpt from the article in which CNN’s Jim Acosta is quoted:
“Acosta said he doesn’t expect to bring the same crusading style to his coverage of the next administration. ‘I don’t think the press should be trying to whip up the Biden presidency and turn it into must-see TV in a contrived way,’ he said. If that sounds like a double standard, Acosta told me it’s not partisan—it’s a matter of professional solidarity. In his view, Trump’s campaign to discredit the press has constituted a ‘nonstop national emergency,’ one that required a defiant response.”
After four years of the media vilifying almost every word coming from the Trump Administration, the double standard is glaringly obvious.