Scandal Questions Get Short Shrift in White House Briefing Room

White Home briefings within the Biden years are sometimes sleepy conferences in contrast with the Jim Acosta shriek-fests we bear in mind underneath then-President Donald Trump.

President Joe Biden pledged he can be a lot nicer to the press corps. He promised to “convey transparency and reality again to the federal government.” However the press is far nicer to him than the opposite manner round.

Biden offers far much less entry than Trump did. He avoids press conferences and one-on-one interviews just like the plague. He solely surfaces for softball interviews with Nicolle Wallace or Drew Barrymore — and you would be forgiven in the event you’re unsure which interviewer was more durable, the cable “information” host or the film star from “50 First Dates.”

Many People who’re deeply skeptical of the White Home press corps have been briefly happy when the story broke that Hunter Biden threatened his Chinese language purchasers in a textual content chat by saying his father was within the room with him. On the June 23 press briefing, CNN’s Jeremy Diamond, CBS’s Weijia Jiang, and Peter Baker of The New York Instances all questioned White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about Hunter Biden, and all of them have been stiffed.

Nationwide Safety Council spokesman John Kirby truly walked out of the briefing when James Rosen of Newsmax posed the primary Hunter query.

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This sample of scandal stiff-arming is relentless. Invoice D’Agostino of the Media Analysis Middle checked out each White Home briefing between Jan. 1 and June 30, and located 252 questions on Joe Biden’s scandals, largely about his mishandling of categorized paperwork, however a number of about Hunter Biden’s lobbying operations. Solely six of the 252 questions have been concretely answered and never dodged.

The development continues. On July 5, Catherine Lucey of The Wall Road Journal acknowledged: “There was a narrative in The New York Instances over the weekend about Hunter Biden’s daughter in Arkansas. Does the president acknowledge this little woman as his granddaughter?”

Jean-Pierre dismissed it: “I don’t have something to share from right here.”

These “I-know-nothing” (or “I-share-nothing”) solutions don’t routinely draw Acosta-style outrage within the briefing room or on the night newscasts. On the Jan. 23 “PBS NewsHour,” co-host Geoff Bennett raised Biden’s classified-documents scandal and performed this Jean-Pierre clip: “The American individuals heard from the president immediately on this when he was requested by your colleagues not less than twice now about how he sees this course of. And he was very clear with the response of what we’re at present seeing. And he says: ‘I take this very severely.’ He stated: ‘I didn’t know that the paperwork have been there.’”

Bennett then adopted up: “The president has stated that he did nothing unsuitable and that, in his phrases, there is no such thing as a ‘there’ there.”

Against this, one exception got here on June 13. Fox Information reporter Jacqui Heinrich requested concerning the prospects of a Ukrainian enterprise govt having audio recordings of his chats with Hunter and Joe Biden. Jean-Pierre tried to kill the story: “So, the President spoke to this. I feel he was shouted a query about this on the Thursday press convention. I’m simply going to cite him and say, ‘It’s malarkey.’”

No recordings have surfaced, to the delight of Biden and the pro-Biden reporters.

It’s frequent for press secretaries to defer robust inquiries to different departments or companies, however Jean-Pierre is carrying out some form of Olympic-level file of blowing off questions. Whereas many query her competence on the podium, her denials are clearly doing precisely what Crew Biden needs — to bluster previous the scandal questions with out answering them.

They’d wish to faux there’s no such factor as a Biden scandal.


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