At long last, Joe Biden finally held his first solo press conference as president this week. But some reporters say they were largely left out of it.
According to The Hill, Biden refused to take a single question Thursday from Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy.
“A binder full of questions”
Doocy appeared on Fox at the conclusion of the presser, where he described his experience.
“I mentioned last night…that I had a binder full of questions,” Doocy said, as The Hill reported. “I think some people were kidding, I was not.”
Doocy went on to say that a number of topics he planned to broach with Biden weren’t even brought up at the press conference.
“We had a lot, and most of this stuff, [the president] did not get to,” Doocy said, according to The Hill.
“There really were not a lot of questions about COVID, particularly the investigation into the origins of it. We did not get on the board with that, nobody else asked about that,” he added.
Not on the list?
Of course, Fox wasn’t the only outlet to get snubbed by the president on Thursday. Reporters for The New York Times also weren’t offered any questions, according to The Hill.
In fact, Breitbart reports that Biden only took questions from 10 reporters during his hour-long presser — and they allege he may have picked out which journalists to call on ahead of time.
In a report published Friday, Breitbart said Biden relied during the press conference on “a large sheet of paper showing him which reporters to call on.” This “cheat sheet,” as the outlet referred to it, was captured in photos showing the headshots of several journalists, some of whose names were circled.
Biden’s press conference cheat sheet with headshots of reporters — Why are some of the squares crossed out? pic.twitter.com/H1Pru1GACu
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 26, 2021
Biden’s Thursday press conference came a full 64 days after he was inaugurated, making for the longest amount of time it’s taken any U.S. president to hold their first presser in nearly a century, as Breitbart reported separately. It also came as the Biden administration has been facing heavy criticism for its lack of transparency — and by the looks of things, this event certainly didn’t help matters.