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Who's afraid of Steven Nelson?
Hint: He hasn't held a real press conference this year
It’s not every day that you see the New York Post and Washington Post so closely aligned. But here we are.
As the New York Post’s intrepid Steven Nelson reports on remarks President Joe Biden delivered Monday, “As possible Hunter indictment looms, Biden bans Post from event, leaves press seats empty - and takes no questions.”
Be it noted: Nelson is the White House reporter most likely to ask questions about Hunter Biden, and his family’s dubious business ties to China.
·Today, the Washington Post editorialized that Biden’s failure to hold a real press conference in 2023 is “not acceptable.”
So far in 2023, Mr. Biden has done zero solo news conferences. He did conduct two “joint news conferences” in which the president and a visiting foreign leader faced the media together. It should not take a visit from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol for the American public to hear the president answering urgent questions from a free press. Presidents also typically interact informally with the media, answering a few questions on the way to an event. Mr. Biden doesn’t do many of those exchanges either, according to the American Presidency Project tracker.
Finally, a WaPo nod to “Democracy Dies in Darkness” — including darkness on the left.
People often ask me why the White House Press Corps seems so accepting of the Biden Administration’s Silent Treatment. If you watch press briefings in their entirety, you see pushback. Was it more aggressive when Donald Trump was in the Oval? Yes. Of course. But there’s a limit and Biden has exceeded it.
Last month, Biden announced he is running for re-election. I’m not sure how he does that while running away from the press corps.
Debra J. Saunders is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership.