Joe Biden: Why Are Reporters Asking Me Questions?

Former Vice President Joe Biden isn’t used to getting real questions. On Friday, Biden appeared dumbfounded as to why a reporter was asking the projected Democratic presidential-elect a question as the press pool was being scurried away by staff.

“Mr. Biden, the COVID task force said it’s safe for students to be in class. Are you going to encourage unions to cooperate more to bring kids back to classrooms, sir?” asked CBS reporter Bo Erickson.

“Why are you the only guy that always shouts out questions?” Biden said.

It was a bizarre episode for the 78-year-old Democrat, who enjoyed the least amount of media scrutiny on the campaign trail of any modern candidate running for president. While serious revelations were emerging, revealing Biden’s role in his son’s potentially criminal overseas business dealings, reporters asked hard-hitting questions such as what kind of ice cream Biden purchased at a pit stop.

Erickson was also one of the few reporters to ask Biden about the scandals plaguing his campaign, bombshells suppressed by Big Tech and either ignored or dubiously delegitimized by other mainstream outlets. When pressed on the issue, Biden lashed out at the media.

Erickson’s treatment of the former vice president Friday was the same treatment the media offered to President Donald Trump and his staff throughout the entire last four years, which was on full display again in the White House briefing room on the same day.

Meanwhile, one would be hard-pressed to find California Sen. Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate, at any point throughout the entire general election campaign taking a single question from a reporter during a press conference.

The media gave a preview of how it would treat a Biden administration on Monday, when Biden began speaking with reporters, who lobbed him softball questions. Joe Concha, a media reporter for The Hill, dubbed the incoming presidential press corps “The new marshmallow media in the Biden era,” in a column published Thursday.

“Any press conference Biden has held since capturing the Democratic nomination has consisted mostly of questions about President Trump and very few questions about Biden’s own worldview, record, policy stances or perspective on important issues such as trade, foreign affairs, gun control, immigration, education, or taxation as it relates to repealing the Trump tax cuts,” Concha wrote. “Of the 12 questions Biden received Monday, there were zero follow-ups. Zero interruptions during answers. Zero questions about any of the issues above, which rank as among the top concerns on voters’ minds, along with the coronavirus.”

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Media Twists Trump’s Answer To Woodward’s Question About White Privilege As ‘Isolating’

Corporate media erupted Thursday after excerpts from journalist Bob Woodward’s new book “Rage” surfaced, in which the author asked President Donald Trump whether he felt as though white privilege “has isolated and put you in a cave.”

“Do you have any sense that that privilege has isolated and put you in a cave, to a certain extent, as it put me and I think lots of white, privileged people in a cave? And that we have to work our way out of it to understand the anger and the pain particularly Black people feel in this country?” Woodward asked.

“No. You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn’t you? Just listen to you. Wow. No, I don’t feel that at all,” Trump said.

Despite the layered, two-pronged question, many media outlets took Trump’s response to Woodward out of context, asserting that Trump ignores white privilege. Headlines from The Hill, NBC News, and Business Insider all falsely claimed that Trump “feels no responsibility” to “understand the pain of Black Americans.”

Some stories merely published Trump’s response without even including the original question, while others capitalized on Trump’s response as a demonstration of what they label as an “apparent disconnect to the racial reckoning in the country and the Black Lives Matter protests.”

The attack comes as a new wave of media outrage over Trump spiked when parts of Woodward’s book were published on Wednesday. According to these excerpts, Trump “downplayed” COVID-19.

“I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic,” Trump told Woodward.

Trump clarified his statements to Sean Hannity of Fox News on Wednesday night, calling Woodward’s book a “hit job.”

“I’m the leader of the country, I can’t be jumping up and down and scaring people. I don’t want to scare people. I want people not to panic, and that’s exactly what I did,” Trump said.

In the interview, Trump also justified his COVID-19 response saying that his travel ban was the most significant decision in slowing the spread of the virus.

“Nobody wanted me to do the ban on China, and as you know, shortly thereafter, I [instituted] a ban on [travel from] Europe, and that was even more controversial, and it was good, because I saw what was going on in Italy and in Spain and in France, and we did a ban there. And if we didn’t do those bans, we would have had numbers that were much, much [worse],” he said.

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