NBC News’ Mike Memoli seemed to acknowledge in a blog post on Tuesday that the White House has recently grown more concerned about media coverage.
Memoli wrote of how the president and his administration grew increasingly frustrated with reporters and their coverage, citing the time President Biden complained publicly when questions were shouted at him.
“You’re among the only press in the world doing this. Seriously, seriously,” Biden chided reporters as they were escorted out of an abortion task force meeting at the White House.
Memoli wrote, “President Joe Biden’s press team has made no secret of their frustration with the way their boss is being covered up. And lately the president has been voicing that frustration himself.”
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The NBC reporter also pointed to a quote from White House communications director Kate Bedingfield, who also expressed frustration with the press for pushing negative coverage of the president.
“There’s been fundamental disbelief, especially among the DC, east coast press corps, in Biden’s vision, in his strategy, in his tactics, in his ability to do the things he said he would do. ‘he would,’ Bedingfield said. “There are tons and tons of headlines and tweets from reporters saying his agenda is dead, outdated, out of touch with the situation in the country. “is that we have put in place a set of historically successful pieces of legislation that have defied those expectations.”
Memoli added, “Day by day, Biden has come to share the view of some of his closest advisers that the press just doesn’t understand him and won’t give him a fair jolt. But Biden didn’t exactly weaponize the mainstream press, Bedingfield noted, he just engages with them in a very different way than his predecessors.
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Although Memoli acknowledged that Biden conducted far fewer interviews than President Obama in two years in office, he claimed that Biden still held “326 informal Q&A sessions with reporters” while having a less traditional relationship. with the press.
“This White House’s view is that there are diminishing returns to engaging in more traditional press interactions with members of the Washington press corps who, in their view, remain ‘fundamentally skeptical’ of Biden’s performance.Beyond some of the more non-traditional formats for putting Biden out there, the White House has prioritized the use of members of his cabinet and senior executives to do interviews with the local and regional press,” Memoli wrote.
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Biden has frequently slammed the press for promoting a “negative” view of his administration and has avoided sit-down interviews. Some of his critics point out that the president often has a predetermined list of reporters at press conferences and often leaves press briefings without answering questions.