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The mainstream media won't ask Joe Biden these questions

David Harsanyi on

Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden finally held what was billed as a press conference with journalists recently -- something of a rarity in a campaign that's relied 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:

A 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?"

Follow-up: What would Biden "say to supporters of QAnon" and to Trump for "not rejecting that conspiracy?"

"We also know that Russia has been trying to sow doubt about the system. Are you concerned at all that this messaging may be working, that your supporters may give up on voting by mail because they're concerned that it may be rigged?"

"You said today is the angriest you've been as a presidential candidate, but you said you're trying to restrain yourself. Aren't there a lot of people out there who are supporting you or inclined to not vote for the president, who would say, 'Why isn't Joe Biden, angrier about all of this?'"

 

And so on.

The questions largely gauged Biden's disappointment regarding the presidency of Donald Trump, a completely legitimate topic for the candidate to bring up, but not one that allegedly independent media should be prompting him on. Surely, there are important queries. They could, for example, ask Biden:

After 45 years, you recently dropped your support for the Hyde Amendment, which barred taxpayer funding of abortions. Does your position now comport with the Democratic Party establishment, which backs abortion on demanded funded by the state until the ninth month of pregnancy? If not, can you point to a single restriction that a Biden administration would support?

You recently talked about how your Catholic faith had inspired your run for the presidency. You've also recently promised to reinstate Obama-era policies rolling back conscience protections for religious groups. Will a Biden administration renew efforts to sue charitable orders like the Little Sisters of the Poor in an effort to force them to pay for birth control in violation of their religious beliefs?

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