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The Lack of Formal Press Conferences Under the Biden Administration Raises Transparency Concerns

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has defended President Biden's lack of formal news conferences by claiming that he takes an “unprecedented” amount of shouted questions from reporters.[0] While Biden has not held nearly as many formal press conferences as his predecessors at this point in their administrations, the current commander-in-chief has participated in many more informal Q&A sessions than those before him. However, there are concerns that the president's inaccessibility is frustrating even mainstream reporters. It is unclear why President Biden prefers not to hold formal press conferences with reporters, but sources suggest it is due to the leader's penchant for verbal blunders and slipups when answering questions.

Sky News host James Macpherson has criticized the White House press briefings under the Biden administration, stating that they have “literally become a joke”.[1] This comes as reporters lashed out at Jean-Pierre after she confirmed that President Biden would not hold a press conference during his four-day trip to Ireland.[2] The lack of interaction in a formal setting has raised concerns among reporters, with some questioning whether the administration is trying to protect the president from their questions.[3]

Despite this, Jean-Pierre has denied that the administration is trying to protect Biden from the media by preventing him from answering its questions.[4] She stated that the president has stood in front of reporters and taken questions on his own because he wanted to see what was on their minds and answer them directly.[4] However, she did not provide any information on when the president would hold a formal press conference.

The lack of formal press conferences and the president's inaccessibility have raised concerns about transparency in the current administration. With Biden's predecessors holding regular press conferences and being more accessible to the media, some are questioning whether the current administration is intentionally avoiding difficult questions or trying to hide something from the public. As such, it is important for the administration to address these concerns and provide more opportunities for the media to ask questions and hold the president accountable.

0. “‘No!': Reporters Fact-Check Jean-Pierre As She Insists Biden Takes ‘Unprecedented' Number of Questions” Washington Free Beacon, 10 Apr. 2023, https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/reporters-shout-no-as-jean-pierre-insists-biden-takes-unprecedented-number-of-questions

1. “‘Literally become a joke': Reporters left wanting answers from President Biden” msnNOW, 13 Apr. 2023, https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/other/literally-become-a-joke-reporters-left-wanting-answers-from-president-biden/ar-AA19NcRT?ocid=Peregrine

2. “Biden will NOT hold a formal press conference on his ‘personal' and ‘professional' trip to Ireland” Daily Mail, 11 Apr. 2023, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11962083/Biden-NOT-hold-formal-press-conference-personal-professional-trip-Ireland.html

3. “‘Donald Trump Took Questions Practically Every Day!’ Press Revolts At Briefing Over No Biden Presser On Ireland Trip” Mediaite, 12 Apr. 2023, https://www.mediaite.com/news/donald-trump-took-questions-practically-every-day-press-revolts-at-briefing-over-no-biden-presser-on-ireland-trip

4. “Karine Jean-Pierre Reveals Why Joe Biden Has No Conferences In Ireland” OK!, 11 Apr. 2023, https://okmagazine.com/p/white-house-press-secretary-karine-jean-pierre-denies-protect-joe-biden-answering-questions/