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Biden Criticized For Pre-Selecting Reporters And Using Notes For Questions

Biden consulted notes that helped him with data

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Democrat President Joe Biden received a lot of criticism after his first formal press conference, which occurred a record 64 days after inauguration, for his use of notes and a photo that showed Biden seemingly pre-selected reporters to call on.

Fox News host and registered Democrat Chris Wallace criticized Biden’s use of notes to answer “every foreign policy question.”

“I was also struck by the fact that it seemed on every foreign policy question, not the others, but on foreign policy,” Wallace said. “He went to his briefing book like Jen Psaki does sometimes in the briefings, and was reading obviously White House guidance, White House talking points.”

“Covering Ronald Reagan for six years, I never saw that,” Wallace continued. “Watching a lot of news conferences over the years, I’ve never seen that — a president in a news conference reading talking points. He did that on, it seemed, every foreign policy question.”

 

A photo taken of Biden at the podium showed a notebook with names and pictures of different reporters, with numbers next to different reporters. The numbers corresponded with the order in which Biden called on reporters, beginning with the photo showing “1. Zeke Miller, Associated Press” and Biden calling on Zeke Miller first. Notably, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, who has been the only standout reporter when asking hard questions to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, was not called on throughout Biden’s press conference.

 

The Biden administration has already been criticized for pushing reporters to give them advance notice on which questions they planned on asking during press briefings. According to The Daily Beast, “According to three sources with knowledge of the matter, as well as written communications reviewed by The Daily Beast, the new president’s communications staff have already on occasion probed reporters to see what questions they plan on asking new White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki when called upon during briefings.”

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12 Comments

  1. WILLIAM FLYNN

    March 27, 2021 at 9:59 am

    How much more of this idiocy will the American people actually put up with?? This MORON is the biggest DANGER to the National Security of this country !!

  2. Blue Boomerang

    March 27, 2021 at 10:07 am

    It was more of a ‘mock’ press conference with preselected questions and staff prepared answers that Biden read off a cue card like a mumbling robot with dementia. Even then his lack of focus and inability to stay on point to even the end of the sentence was alarming.

  3. marcia

    March 27, 2021 at 10:26 am

    The minute I heard Plugs would have a press conference I knew the reporters and questions would be hand picked by WH staff. It was a given since Plugs can’t put together a sentence on his own. This administration is a sham and a joke. It’s disgusting that Joe’s family has sold him down the river for fame, power, and money. Their actions & that of the Left is absolutely despicable and just flat out WRONG. They need the country’s prayers as God is the only one who can help them.

  4. Bruce

    March 27, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    A binder full of journalists?

  5. C Knight

    March 27, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Im surprised the lame stream media didn’t ask him his favorite flavor of pudding or if he was getting a pony for the White house? You could tell what direction the briefing was going to go with NPR’s first question! Thought I was going to puke! They never treated Trump like this?????

  6. Ton

    March 27, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. gypsykaye

    March 27, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    He doesn’t care. He isn’t all there in the head. He even said “What am I doing here?” looking bewildered. They keep him sheltered from bad, hurtful words. ???????????? He can’t carry on a coherent conversation even with a teleprompter and crib notes.

  8. Lesley Verlin

    March 27, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    I think letting him get away with this BS is just to much to take. Who is pulling all the strings in DC. Biden is not fit for office . If this is what the cheating wanted well they sure did a good job.
    I want President Trump back. At least he could talk, remember names and make good decisions for our country!

  9. CarmenPadi

    March 27, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    They sure didn’t afford our President Trump the same courtesy. I guess when you’re old and feeble and a tad bit senile you get special treatment? Reporters harassed DJT with the dumbest questions and then everything he said would get twisted around. But this shit-show is acceptable, I take it?

  10. ALBERT C MCGEE

    March 27, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    The biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the American public, Is Joe Biden. He was in cognitive decline way before he was elected to the most important office in the land. The MSM is complicate in this fraud of a Presidency.

    • Jan Rivet

      March 28, 2021 at 6:41 pm

      Sorry to break it to you, but he wasn’t elected.

  11. Ton

    March 28, 2021 at 7:57 am

    He’s got to GO!!!!

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Trump Will Not Return To Twitter Despite Elon Musk Acquisition

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On Monday, former President Donald Trump said that he is not going to return to Twitter, which he was permanently banned from last year, after Twitter’s board of directors unanimously approved the sale of the company to Elon Musk.

Trump told Fox News that he is “not going on Twitter” and that he is instead going to be busy on his new social media platform, Truth Social.

“I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,” Trump told Fox News. “We’re taking in millions of people, and what we’re finding is that the response on TRUTH is much better than being on Twitter. Twitter has bots and fake accounts, and we are doing everything we can.”

“The bottom line is, no, I am not going back to Twitter,” Trump concluded.

As Fox News explained, “Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat following the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot. Twitter deemed a number of his tweets connected to the violent protests as inflammatory and warned of ‘the risk of further incitement of violence.’”

On Monday, Twitter’s board of directors unanimously agreed to be acquired by Elon Musk for $54.20 per share, or approximately $44 billion.

“The two sides worked through the night to hash out a deal that would be valued at $54.20 a share, or $44 billion,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Twitter had been expected to rebuff the offer, which Mr. Musk made April 14 without saying how he would pay for it, and put in place a so-called poison pill to block him from increasing his stake. But after [Musk] disclosed that he has $46.5 billion in financing and the stock market swooned, Twitter changed its posture and opened the door to negotiations.”

In a press release, Musk highlighted the importance of free speech and Twitter’s role as a “digital town square.”

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said. “I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.”

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Chinese-Owned TikTok Censored War against Ukraine for Russians Only, Created ‘Alternate Universe’

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China is publicly siding with Russia politically in its inhumane invasion of Ukraine, but when it comes to technology, things are a bit more convoluted. Last month TikTok seemingly joined other big tech companies siding with Ukraine over Russia in the war by suspending uploads and live streams from Russia.

TikTok said it made the move, along with others, to “protect Russia users from the country’s new laws criminalizing criticism of its military” , reports The Washington Post. However, the Chinese-owned social media app “also walled off Russian users from seeing any posts at all from outside the country, including from Ukraine.”

Thus, a censored, ‘alternate universe’ was created for tens of millions of Russians who were unable to see and learn of the critical posts and atrocities the Kremlin was creating outside the Russian TikTok bubble.

Giulia Giorgi, a researcher at Tracking Exposed shared with The Washington Post that “in just one month, TikTok went from being considered a serious threat to Putin’s national support for the war to becoming another possible conduit for state propaganda.”

Tracking exposed has been studying the platform’s policies and actions in Russia since February when the invasion of Ukraine began. “Our findings show clearly how TikTok’s actions influenced that trajectory” Giorgi said of the escalation of state propaganda.

Giorgi shared information with The Washington Post “that videos bearing pro-war hashtags such as ‘for us’ and ‘Putin top’ continued to proliferate on TikTok in Russia for weeks after the block, while previously popular antiwar hashtags all but vanished from the platform.”

Tracking Exposed’s co-director added “our findings unequivocally show that TikTok is not being transparent about its actions in Russia” said Marc Faddoul.

The Washington Post reports:

Among the new findings is that TikTok appears to have belatedly closed a loophole in late March that Russian propagandists and creators alike had been exploiting to evade its ban on new video uploads from inside the country. Since March 26, according to Tracking Exposed and others, TikTok users who access the app from Russia cannot see any new content at all, with the app’s For You page limited to posts from inside Russia before that date. Yet thousands of pro-Putin posts that went up between March 6 and March 26, circumventing TikTok’s stated policies, remain available on the platform, uncontested by any outside or antiwar narratives.

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