by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden finally held what was billed as a press conference with journalists the other day — something of rarity in a campaign that has relied predominately on staged question-and-answer sessions. It was a truly embarrassing display of hackery from the media.
Here’s a quick sampling of some of the queries Biden faced from supposedly dispassionate journalists:
An Atlantic reporter asked Biden about anonymously sourced claims (published last week in The Atlantic) that Trump had made belittled remarks about veterans: “When you hear these remarks . . . what does it tell you about Trump’s soul and the life he leads?” …
… One assumes that firefighting journos have more important inquiries to ask a candidate whose agenda goes beyond a distaste for his political rival. They could, for example, ask him:
After 45 years, you recently dropped your support for the Hyde amendment, which barred taxpayer funding of abortions. Does your current position comport with that of the rest of the Democratic Party establishment, which supports abortion funded by the government until the ninth month of pregnancy? If not, can you point to a single restriction that a Biden administration would support? …
… You once promised to put Beto O’Rourke — the man who said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your guns” — in charge of gun-control efforts in a Biden administration. Will you keep that promise? Your running mate Kamala Harris also supports confiscation of “assault weapons.” You back a ban on AR-15s and other semi-automatic rifles, but it’s unclear whether you back a retroactive ban. Where do you stand now?
During the campaign you publicly supported the “defund the police” movement — using the definition that has been laid out by advocates of that cause — despite the rioting and spikes in crimes we were seeing at the time. Now you say you no longer back redirecting funds from police departments. What changed your mind?