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Politico is calling out President Biden for his lack of availability to conduct face-to-face interviews with the press.

On Tuesday’s installment of their “West Wing Playbook” newsletter, Politico journalists Alex Thompson and Tina Sfondels highlighted that Biden has attended only “just 10” interviews in the first nine months of his presidency, Labor Not one since day one.


According to “Presidential Watchmen” and former CBS reporter Mark Knowler, Donald Trump had 131 interviews with Barack Obama at the same point in his presidency, compared with 57 interviews. He also noted that Biden had “at least doubled” the interview at this point as vice president in the Obama era.

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Politico wrote, “Biden’s team notes that he frequently questions reporters after committing events. Aides to the president are even quicker to note that no one outside the Washington Press Corps is actually Press Access doesn’t care.” “But the lack of interviews reflects the bunker mentality the White House has taken with the media — especially the broader back-and-forth where journalists can follow-up, push and product.”

“Biden has been particularly wary of speaking to print publications; he has not yet conducted an interview with reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, or Reuters,” the newspaper said. he said.

Politico reported that she has only done three print interviews so far as part of a joint interview with New York Times columnist David Brooks, The Atlantic columnist Edward-Isaac Dover and People Magazine with First Lady Jill Biden . Biden has appeared on television twice with CBS’s Nora O’Donnell, Univision’s Illia Calderone (another joint interview with First Lady), ESPN’s Sage Steele, NBC’s Craig Melvin, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. But interviewed. Additionally, he has attended two CNN town halls, with the third broadcast on Thursday.

An unnamed White House official told Politico that the “preference” for the TV interviews was “reaching more people” and the DC press “is too focused on the process, which is not the message Biden wants to get to voters.” “

“This, combined with Biden’s well-documented blooper reel, doesn’t give the White House much enthusiasm for a wider sitdown,” Politico wrote.

Politico challenges the White House’s claim that it wants Biden to have “access” with the CNN town hall, “while the first one scored large audiences in the early weeks of Biden’s presidency, his July town hall Underperformed both MSNBC and Granthshala News’ regular programming, with 1.46 million viewers.