United States President Joe Biden’s continued avoidance of press interviews is disproving the old axiom, “You can run but you can’t hide.”
He has conducted fewer news conferences than the five presidents before him — at the same point in their presidencies — and has participated in fewer media interviews than any recent resident of the Oval Office.
White House officials are being asked if Biden is ducking his campaign promise to make his administration the most transparent in United States history, according to an Associated Press report. Even mainstream media and liberal press outlets are grumbling aloud, if for no other reason than noting missed opportunities to sell his agenda to the American people.
Politico dubbed the recalcitrant president, “Hidin’ Biden,” saying: “If you feel like you haven’t seen many sit-down interviews with Biden in his first year as president, it’s probably because you haven’t.”
Biden has only given 22 press interviews through December 31, 2021, according to a report in The Daily Wire. The conservative publication contrasted Biden’s press access unfavorably with former recent presidents. His reported number of interviews seriously lags Donald Trump (92), Barack Obama (156), George W. Bush (49), Bill Clinton (54), and George H.W. Bush (46).
The only recent president to provide fewer press interviews during their first year was Ronald Reagan, who was shot during an assassination attempt two months after Inauguration Day.
The Delaware Democrat does answer some questions after scheduled speeches but they are few in number and follow-ups are rarely answered.
“The historical record of a presidency requires more than fleeting Q&A,” said White House Correspondents Association President Steven Portnoy, who also reports for CBS News Radio.
Biden administration officials claim COVID-19 has resulted in less press access in 2021. “I think that we have been very transparent,” Karine Jean-Pierre, White House principal deputy press secretary, told the Associated Press. “I don’t think you can just piecemeal and I think you have to look at it as a whole.”
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