Joe Biden has long faced accusations that he lacks transparency and refuses to accept questions from certain reporters.
Most recently, reporters are criticizing the former vice president’s White House transition team for apparently disabling the chat function during a virtual news conference.
“We want to ask questions”
As the Daily Wire previously reported, Biden and his team have seemingly been willing to field questions from a small group of journalists from outlets including The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, and Politico.
Other reporters have reportedly been excluded, which led to frustration and persistent questions — largely within the aforementioned chat feature — for Biden to take questions from a wider range of sources.
As one Daily Beast reporter complained: “Hey guys, there are tons of folks looking to ask questions and since this is being done once a week, could we PLEASE go longer or at least hold more frequent briefings.”
Another journalist wondered if there was “a point in saying we want to ask questions” if the Biden team calls “on the same small group every week.”
Following a recent Zoom conference, however, excluded reporters said they did not even get the chance to complain about not being able to ask questions because the video platform’s chat function had been disabled.
Politico’s Sam Stein addressed the issue in a pointed tweet.
“The Biden transition team appears to have disabled the public chat function on its transition zoom calls, a place where I and others had been routinely complaining to them to take more questions,” he wrote, according to Fox News.
Critics are speculating that the reason Biden refuses to take a wide range of questions is an aversion to addressing tough topics — notably the ongoing federal investigation into his son, Hunter.
In general, the former vice president has sought to skirt the issue and avoid questions about the situation in all but a few special circumstances. He did address the scandal during a friendly interview with late-night host Stephen Colbert, providing a non-answer by declaring that he was proud of his son.
Meanwhile, other reporters feel as though they need to air their grievances in a public forum to achieve redress. Stein, who recently started a new position at Politico, followed up his original tweet by calling out the Biden team directly, telling them that if they were “on Twitter while doing the Zoom” that they should be “sure to take a lot of questions.”