Reporters Receive Deserved Criticism for Softball Questions in Biden's Press Conference
These were some of the hard hitting questions(sarcasm) by reporters in a rare Joe Biden press conference:
The first question, posed by Atlantic staff writer Edward-Isaac Dovere, was about the magazine's bombshell report.
"When you hear these remarks -- 'suckers,' 'losers,' recoiling from amputees, what does it tell you about President Trump's soul and the life he leads?" Dovere asked
The Atlantic corresponded was followed by CNN's MJ Lee, who focused on remarks made by Trump made at a Thursday campaign rally that mocked Biden for his constant mask-wearing.
"I wonder if you worry that this kind of language that comes from the president of the United States can deter some Americans who are tuning into him to not wear masks," Lee told the former VP.
Nice statement MJ. Where is the question?
Conservative commentator Stephen Miller reacted to Lee's "just reply to this bias statement Joe" He tweeted "Watch this question and how it's framed. She essentially gives Biden the answer in her question. She's making a statement and asking Biden to basically just reply to her."
CBS News correspondent Ed O'Keefe tossed two softballs for Biden to catch.The first of which asked what the former vice president thought of Trump's supposed suggestion to voters that they should vote both by mail and in-person. The second question asked why Biden wasn't "angrier" at Trump's reported comments about the fallen soldiers. Nice and simple for Joe.
ABC News correspondent Mary Bruce also questioned Biden about Trump's attempts to discourage mail-in voting but invoked Russia's efforts to "sow doubt" in the electoral process and whether Biden was "concerned" that such messaging may be working to disenfranchise his own supporters.
Nothing about Joe's policies. Just respond to Trump, because we hate him statements.
They did, righty receive fair criticism from a number of journalists.
RealClearInvestigations senior writer Mark Hemingway wrote, "A text from a friend watching the press conference: 'Who are asking Biden these questions?? It's like watching someone make sure a 3 year old wins CandyLand.'"
"4 years of 'but her emails' taunts worked. Reporters are worried that if they ask Biden a challenging question they'll be heckled as 'complicit' by the people whose opinions they care about," Washington Examiner executive editor Philip Klein concluded.
Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt also questioned the reporters for what he called their "shamefully embarrassing" behavior.
"So seldom do reporters get to ask Joe Biden questions, so seldom do reporters -- this is the second time really in quite a while ... and that was shamefully embarrassing," Stirewalt told "Outnumbered Overtime". "I mean, there were two questions in there that maybe could have been considered adversarial but that was as bad as when Trump calls on some niche pro-Trump publication to ask him how magnificent his magnificence is."
Stirewalt singled out O'Keefe for the question about why Biden wasn't "angrier" about Trump's reported comments, sarcastically calling it his "favorite."
"I'm just sitting here listening thinking, 'Don't you want to know about his plans? Don't you want to know about the controversy surrounding his plans? Don't you want to know anything?'" Stirewalt exclaimed. "The closest we got to adversarial questioning was when they were asking him about whether he got his coronavirus test up his nose or whatever."