Joe Biden has not even been sworn in yet as president and it appears the honeymoon may be over for some journalists.
Members of the press were reportedly triggered by the Biden team’s handling of questions at a weekly briefing on Friday as they were unable to pose any questions about the controversy surrounding Hunter Biden. In addition, the Democrat’s transition team reportedly limited the number of reporters posing questions, deliberately ignoring those who could be critical, according to Fox News.
In a Zoom briefing held on Friday, Biden officials were off the hook in responding to any questions about the former vice president’s son and his foreign business dealings. The call came just days after Hunter Biden had revealed in a statement released by the transition team that he was being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware over his “tax affairs.”
But during the briefing, the controversy was not even discussed as questions about the issue were not addressed. During the entire Zoom session, Biden’s team only called on five reporters, and they were from the New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, PBS and Politico.
(Source: Fox News)
Questions from correspondents representing Fox News and other outlets were reportedly “ignored,” according to the Fox News report.
Frustrated journalists began to inundate Zoom’s “chat” function near the end of the briefing in an effort to get the Biden officials to acknowledge and respond to their questions.
“Hey guys, there 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,” The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein reportedly wrote in the chat.
“Is there a point in saying we want to ask questions if you only call on the same small group every week?” White House reporter Andrew Feinberg asked.
“Any chance you can take a few more questions? There are a lot of folks here with questions,” Zeke Miller from The Associated Press questioned the team.
It was not clear from the Fox News report if any of the chat inquiries were addressed by Biden’s team. But what was obvious was that there seemed to be a blackout on the topic of Hunter Biden.
The younger Biden acknowledged the ongoing grand jury investigation that began in 2018 in a statement that raised eyebrows and plenty of questions.
“I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” he said. “I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.”
His father slammed attempts to ask him about the probe or his son’s questionable business affairs overseas, calling out the “foul play.”
“I have, we have, great confidence in our son,” Biden told television host Stephen Colbert in an interview that aired Thursday.
“I am not concerned about any accusations being made against him,” he told the CBS “The Late Show” host. “It used to get to me. I think it’s kind of foul play but look, it is what it is and he’s a grown man, he is the smartest man I know. I mean, from a pure intellectual capacity – and as long as he’s good, we’re good.”
Fox News’ Peter Doocy did not get his questions answered either in a virtual meeting with Biden last week.
“Did Hunter Biden commit a crime?” Doocy asked, following up by asking Biden, “Have you spoken to your son, Mr. President-elect?”
“I’m proud of my son,” was Biden’s response.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 11, 2020
Republicans demanded this week that incoming acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen appoint a special counsel in order to continue investigating the younger Biden, even as the mainstream media continues to downplay the story.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton slammed the media this week as well, calling out the hypocrisy in the about-face after they came under fire once Biden acknowledged that he is under federal investigation.
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