Joe Biden called on just four pre-approved reporters who were only allowed to ask one question each during a press conference, sparking a backlash among several White House correspondents who said they were “disgusted.”
Biden announced that he’d been “told there will be four questioners.”
“But I’m not gonna do ten questions from each questioner; let’s make that clear from the outset here,” Biden told the pre-approved reporters.
Biden used ten pre-selected White House correspondents from left-leaning outlets – the first briefing he has held since January.
But other journalists expressed frustration, accusing the White House of doing a “disservice” to the press and the American public.
As The Daily Caller noted, Donald Trump held an average of 2.6 press conferences per month, Barack Obama had 1.7, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton each had over two per month, and George H.W. Bush averaged three.
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Last month, Biden was caught on camera mocking reporters at the White House for asking him questions, and as his handlers screamed at the correspondents to get out of the room.
Earlier in the year, the press corps described “historic” efforts to limit their access to Biden, arguing that their presence is being everely restricted.
The Corps pointed out in a joint letter to Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre that this isn’t the first time complaints have been made about the practice.