(FiveNation.com)- President Joe Biden gave the first press conference of his presidency on Thursday, almost two months after he entered the White House. And, in what appeared to be an exercise in damage limitation, the only mainstream news reporter willing to ask extremely tough questions was not invited to attend the event.
Peter Doocy of Fox News, who has asked some of the hardest-hitting questions over the first 65 days of the Biden administration, was banned from the press conference.
Doocy spoke to Fox News immediately after the press conference took place and offered us an insight into the questions he was planning on asking the president had he been allowed in to do his job.
“And I mentioned last night on Special Report that I had a binder full of questions,” Doocy said. “I was not kidding.”
“We had a lot, and most of this did not get to, for example nobody ever asked him [Biden] about this big plan that he’s got to completely transform the economy, to make it all Green,” he said.
Doocy also said that there were not many questions about COVID or the investigations into the origins of the virus.
The Fox reporter also explained that in the room where the press conference took place were various White House aides, including Kate Bedingfield and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who were monitoring what the president was saying in real-time.
“While he was up there, he was pretty much on his own,” he added. “Usually, at the last few of these, at the last one that I can think of like this would have been in Wilmington, they had an aide off to the side with the list of reporters to call on. Today, it was Biden with the list, and once they got through about an hour and twenty minutes, he was done.”
The president took questions from ten reporters during his first-ever post-presidency press conference, and perhaps unsurprisingly, they came from friendly outlets like PBS and NBC.
Biden’s performance was widely mocked by conservatives and non-leftist media, not just for the various instances of stumbling and getting confused, but for the fact that he walked away before the press conference was even over.
Fox News anchor Sean Hannity called him “dazed and confused” while the New York Post’s Emily Jacobs noted that Biden could barely finish a sentence.
“I have never been particularly poor at calculating how to get things done in the United States Senate. So the best way to get something done, if you, if you hold near and dear to you that you like to be able to, anyway,” the commander-in-chief said.
Imagine how that would have went if Peter Doocy was allowed to ask a questio