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CNN Reporter Complains Biden Is Protected From Answering Certain Questions By His Aides

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OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author's opinion


Arguably, other than MSNBC, no network has done more to protect and promote the image of Joe Biden as a strong leader more than CNN.

Through all of his gaffes, bumbling his words, tripping on Air Force One steps and other nonsense they have been at the forefront of pretending he is not a weak and feeble old man.

Which is why it was a stunner on Wednesday when CNN’s Chief National Affairs Correspondent Jeff Zeleny called Biden out for being overprotected by his aides.

WATCH:

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“What we’ve not seen him do is answer questions like that without his aides screaming at him to stop. I have never seen a president, covering the last four of them, who is so protected by his aides in terms of often not wanting him to answer some questions.”

Zeleny is correct, but it is stunning to see someone from CNN say what we have all been able to see. On the same day as Zeleny said this, Biden admitted that he is provided a list of reporters to take questions from.

“I’ll take your questions, and as usual, folks, they gave me a list of the people I’m going to call on,” Biden said after his meeting with Putin.

“They won’t let him take questions from anyone other than Democrat activists in the media,” one Twitter user said.

“How is this acceptable?” Rep. Greg Steube of Florida said.

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“Embarrassing,” Steve Guest, special advisor for communications for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, said in a tweet.

“Putin presser approaching one hour with no signs of stopping. This is what Putin sees as show of confidence and endurance in what appears to be an effort to make Biden look weak/small when he ends up taking relatively few questions from handpicked reporters before exiting,” Fox News contributor Joe Concha said.


And how many times has Biden said he was going to be in trouble with his staff for answering certain questions? This is supposed to be the leader of the free world and he is concerned about getting in trouble with staffers.

On Sunday during the G7 summit he “joked” that he was going to get in trouble with his staff if he did not do things “the right way.”

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“I’m sorry, I’m going to get in trouble with staff if I don’t do this the right way,” he  said before calling on Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs.

“Do this the right way” as he looked at a piece of paper, could be him noting to himself that he has a pre-approved list of reporters, as the RNC claimed.

But he took one last question before he left the event, noting that he would be in trouble for it.

“I’m going to get in trouble with my staff,” he said, laughing, to the reporter. “Yeah, go ahead, but pretend I didn’t answer you.”

And in April, during a rare back and forth with reporters, Biden noted that he would be in trouble with his staff if he kept taking questions from them.

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“I’m sorry,” he said, after taking questions about his own mask-wearing and, what was then a potential, summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “This is the last question I’ll take, and I’m really gonna be in trouble.”

As Fox News noted after the April incident:

While White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has held daily press briefings, reporters have expressed frustration at times for a lack of transparency on border issues and the lack of access overall to Biden.

The Washington Post’s Fact-Checker, breaking down the 67 falsehoods it had recorded from him during his first 100 days, noted the number was partly a function of how Biden “rarely faces reporters or speaks off the cuff.”

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