Biden snaps at CBS reporter: ‘Why are you the only guy that always shouts out questions?’
Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden simply lost it with a CBS News reporter who asked a civil and pertinent question from the press pool as they were being herded out of the room. Biden tersely asked the journalist, “Why are you the only guy that always shouts out questions?” That was said as if the reporter had no right to question him on that particular issue.
On Friday, Biden and Kamala Harris met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in Wilmington, Delaware to discuss their legislative agenda that they would pursue after Biden is sworn in. With a razor-thin majority in the House and the Senate hinging on two races in Georgia, the Democrats face a lame-duck president from the very beginning of his presidency.
“In my Oval Office, mi casa, you casa,” Biden, who turned 78-years-old on Friday, is heard telling the senior Democratic Party leaders. It was at that point that reporters were asked to leave.
CBS News correspondent Bo Erickson was actually functioning as a real journalist when he asked Biden to go on the record concerning the ongoing battle over schools being open during the coronavirus pandemic amid resistance from teachers’ unions.
“Mr. Biden, the COVID task force said it’s safe for students to be in class. Are you going to be encouraging unions to cooperate more to bring kids back to classrooms, sir?” Erickson asked.
“Why are you the only guy that always shouts out questions?” Biden shot back. Biden refused to answer the question.
Erickson, along with all the other reporters in attendance was eventually unceremoniously escorted out by Biden’s staff.
Critics nailed Biden over his rude reaction to the reporter and praised Erickson for just trying to do his job.
Asked Biden if he will encourage teacher unions to cooperate to get kids back in school because the COVID task force said it is safe to be in the classroom. He didn't answer.
“Why are you the only guy that always shouts out questions?” he said. pic.twitter.com/x2DsG5Fmgo
— Bo Erickson CBS (@BoKnowsNews) November 20, 2020
“President-Elect Biden asks a good question – why is @BoKnowsNews the only one in the Biden pool tossing questions? Schools, vaccines, stimulus – so many important q’s for both @SpeakerPelosi & @JoeBiden,” CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid stated.
President-Elect Biden asks a good question – why is @BoKnowsNews the only one in the Biden pool tossing questions? Schools, vaccines, stimulus – so many important q’s for both @SpeakerPelosi & @JoeBiden. https://t.co/RfrS1FaNPJ
— Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCBS) November 20, 2020
“Shouting questions will again be deemed a bad, disrespectful thing,” The Hill media columnist Joe Concha concisely predicted.
Shouting questions will again be deemed a bad, disrespectful thing. https://t.co/RqfREqWyaX
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) November 21, 2020
“A completely valid and important question asked in a civil tone…deflected by Biden, who may not have understood it because it wasn’t screened by staff first,” radio host Derek Hunter snarked.
A completely valid and important question asked in a civil tone…deflected by Biden, who may not have understood it because it wasn't screened by staff first. https://t.co/3FvmdaP9IO
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) November 21, 2020
“Because Bo is trying to do journalism and much of the rest of Biden’s press corps are stenographers,” journalist Zaid Jilani tweeted.
Others also chimed in.
“As we see many other reporters throw softballs at Biden, reporters that ask tough questions of both sides (like Bo) are going to be far more important over the next 4 years,” conservative writer A.G. Hamilton put forth.
“Good for Bo, also the idea that this was a ‘shouted’ question is hilarious,” ABC News correspondent Will Steakin correctly pointed out and defended his colleague.
“It’s a great question that deserves an answer from Biden,” Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy posited.
Erickson and Biden have locked horns previously. Last month, Biden snapped at the CBS reporter for asking him to react to the explosive New York Post report about son Hunter Biden.
“I know you’d ask it,” Biden snarled. “I have no response, it’s another smear campaign, right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask.”
Erickson was one of the very few members of the mainstream media to ask Biden about his son’s foreign business ties while he was vice president.
Other reporters covering Biden have long been criticized for asking softball questions at his rare press conferences that usually involve knocking President Trump instead of questioning Biden on pressing subjects. It appears they will continue in this method of journalistic protection for Joe Biden over the next four years.