President Biden’s frustration at the White House press corps shouting questions at him during public appearances is unfounded, and the dynamic is not at all new, former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen told Fox News on Wednesday.
As Biden concluded recent remarks, he appeared to subtly snipe at the assembled press as they shouted questions at him.
“[You’re] among the only press in the world that does this,” Biden was heard saying quietly.
Thiessen pointed out on “America Reports” Wednesday that a raucous press corps is nothing new at the White House, citing how longtime ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson became noted for shouting pointed questions at President Reagan.
Unlike Biden, Reagan never rebuked Donaldson, Thiessen said, adding he would however at times cup his ear and “pretend he couldn’t hear” what the reporter was asking.
“I never heard Ronald Reagan saying that ‘Woe is me, that Sam Donaldson keeps asking me, shouting questions at me’… this has been a feature of the presidency since the television era began,” Thiessen said.
During the Trump administration, CNN reporter Jim Acosta regularly became confrontational with the president, who in turn often labeled him “fake news.”
Thiessen later added that Biden’s complaints are even further unfounded, given his remark that the U.S. press corps is largely alone in shouting questions at their head of state.
The former Bush official pointed out that Chinese President Xi Jinping, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, and Russian President Vladimir Putin do not have the same dynamic with their media because they are all strongmen leaders of largely undemocratic nations.
“The American press corps shouts press questions of the president because we’re a free country, and we’re allowed to do that,” he said.
“For the president, the United States to expect to have the kind of deference that despots get around the world is pretty galling.”
Thiessen remarked that Biden would never be able to handle the British media.
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