Throughout the election cycle and the first nine months of his term, President Joe Biden has largely eschewed lengthy press conferences. When he actually does accept questions from reporters, it is generally only a few at a time from apparently preselected reporters.
A number of journalists have quietly grumbled about the lack of access in the past — but now one member of the White House press corps seems to have called on the Biden team directly with a request that the president field more questions from reporters in the future.
“Some of us have not had a chance”
As Fox News reported, Playboy correspondent Brian Karem, who attracted attention for hounding former President Donald Trump during press briefings, is focusing his attention on the current president.
“I’ll add my voice to, I’m sure there have been dozens, who would humbly request that the president of the United States not only do a town hall but show up either in this room or in the East Room to appear before the full press for a robust round of questions that will, no doubt, benefit the American public,” he said during Thursday’s press briefing.
In response, White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dismissed the premise of his complaint, declaring that Biden “takes questions all the time.”
A journalist expresses interest in seeing Biden take “a robust round of questions” from the press.
Deputy Press Sec. Jean-Pierre says “He takes questions all the time!” pic.twitter.com/uHuAMCKJPR
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) October 21, 2021
Karem replied that he was merely adding his request to the growing number of similar concerns expressed by his colleagues, pointing out that “some of us have not had a chance” to directly ask the president questions.
“But he does take questions”
“I get it,” Jean-Pierre said. “I get it. But this is a large White House press corps. But he does take questions.”
While Fox News and other outlets acknowledged that Biden does occasionally take questions before or after events, he often seems intent on sidestepping or simply ignoring tough queries shouted out by frustrated members of the press.
In fact, he has developed an apparent tactic of turning his back on reporters and abruptly walking away after delivering speeches.
Thus far in his term, the president has sat down for a scant 11 media interviews, the last of which occurred in mid-August.
That number is already far behind his modern-day predecessors at this point in their respective administrations and the increasingly unpopular president shows no signs of increased accessibility to White House reporters or the media in general.
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