HIDEN’ BIDEN: ‘Handlers Petrified Of Him Sitting Down For Anything’

  • As a presidential candidate, President Biden campaigned on being “transparent” with the press, hoping to restore civility between the White House and the media following years of hostility during the Trump era. But in the second year of his presidency, his availability to the press has only further dissipated.
  • In 2022, President Biden has granted only seven one-on-one interviews to journalists. His first was the pre-Super Bowl sit-down with NBC’s Lester Holt in early February. He waited until June, over four months, to do an off-camera interview with the Associated Press.
  • He has not sat down with an actual journalist since Oct. 27. His most recent TV interview aired Monday with actress-turned-daytime talk show host Drew Barrymore, when he, alongside first lady Jill Biden, discussed being the brunt of his wife’s teasing and played a version of “The Newlywed Game.”
  • “We’ve never seen a more packaged, homogenized, protected president than Joe Biden,” Fox News contributor and media analyst Joe Concha said. “His handlers are petrified of him sitting down for anything resembling a challenging interview.”
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