Biden conducts a press conference without screwing up.

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Biden conducts a press conference without screwing up.

Post by neverfail » Fri Mar 26, 2021 2:52 pm

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/25/us/p ... T7DD6-YCaU

As he took questions for over an hour, the president also did little to fuel the narrative being crafted by conservative news media that he is lacking in his mental facilities. He appeared well prepared and sure of his facts, although he did refer to the “North China Sea,” which does not exist.
When you consider the sheer volume of facts that any US president who is serious about the responsibilities of his high office would normally have to process, I think that Mr Biden could be excused for the occasional, harmless slip-up like this one.
During the news conference, a limited number of journalists were allowed in the room. Those who attended wore masks and sat six feet apart to comply with social-distancing rules. Mr. Biden called on reporters by their first names, from a list drawn up beforehand by his staff.

In that sense, it was another return to normalcy, after four years of Mr. Trump’s free-for-all, fact-challenged news conferences. At one, Mr. Trump mocked a reporter for wearing what he called “the largest mask I think I’ve ever seen” and at another claimed that injecting disinfectants into the human body could help combat the coronavirus. Reporters shouted to be heard, and Mr. Trump appeared to relish the chaos.
Did someone accuse Biden of going senile? What about this outrageous bit of advice?

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Re: Biden conducts a press conference without screwing up.

Post by Milo » Fri Mar 26, 2021 3:21 pm

neverfail wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 2:52 pm
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/25/us/p ... T7DD6-YCaU

As he took questions for over an hour, the president also did little to fuel the narrative being crafted by conservative news media that he is lacking in his mental facilities. He appeared well prepared and sure of his facts, although he did refer to the “North China Sea,” which does not exist.
When you consider the sheer volume of facts that any US president who is serious about the responsibilities of his high office would normally have to process, I think that Mr Biden could be excused for the occasional, harmless slip-up like this one.
During the news conference, a limited number of journalists were allowed in the room. Those who attended wore masks and sat six feet apart to comply with social-distancing rules. Mr. Biden called on reporters by their first names, from a list drawn up beforehand by his staff.

In that sense, it was another return to normalcy, after four years of Mr. Trump’s free-for-all, fact-challenged news conferences. At one, Mr. Trump mocked a reporter for wearing what he called “the largest mask I think I’ve ever seen” and at another claimed that injecting disinfectants into the human body could help combat the coronavirus. Reporters shouted to be heard, and Mr. Trump appeared to relish the chaos.
Did someone accuse Biden of going senile? What about this outrageous bit of advice?
They accuse Biden of going senile because they are his political opponents and American law allows such defamatory speech with no downside of any significance to them.

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Re: Biden conducts a press conference without screwing up.

Post by Doc » Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:29 pm

neverfail wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 2:52 pm
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/25/us/p ... T7DD6-YCaU

As he took questions for over an hour, the president also did little to fuel the narrative being crafted by conservative news media that he is lacking in his mental facilities. He appeared well prepared and sure of his facts, although he did refer to the “North China Sea,” which does not exist.
When you consider the sheer volume of facts that any US president who is serious about the responsibilities of his high office would normally have to process, I think that Mr Biden could be excused for the occasional, harmless slip-up like this one.
During the news conference, a limited number of journalists were allowed in the room. Those who attended wore masks and sat six feet apart to comply with social-distancing rules. Mr. Biden called on reporters by their first names, from a list drawn up beforehand by his staff.

In that sense, it was another return to normalcy, after four years of Mr. Trump’s free-for-all, fact-challenged news conferences. At one, Mr. Trump mocked a reporter for wearing what he called “the largest mask I think I’ve ever seen” and at another claimed that injecting disinfectants into the human body could help combat the coronavirus. Reporters shouted to be heard, and Mr. Trump appeared to relish the chaos.
Did someone accuse Biden of going senile? What about this outrageous bit of advice?
DId you actually watch Biden's press conference? HE had pre-submitted questions with the answers on the back of each page where the question was written. They gave him a picture book of the reporters present so he knew which ones to call on for them to ask him the question ha had on paper in front of him. . And even with that at one point he gave the answer for the wrong question.
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Post by Sertorio » Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:35 pm

neverfail wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 2:52 pm
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/25/us/p ... T7DD6-YCaU

As he took questions for over an hour, the president also did little to fuel the narrative being crafted by conservative news media that he is lacking in his mental facilities. He appeared well prepared and sure of his facts, although he did refer to the “North China Sea,” which does not exist.
When you consider the sheer volume of facts that any US president who is serious about the responsibilities of his high office would normally have to process, I think that Mr Biden could be excused for the occasional, harmless slip-up like this one.
During the news conference, a limited number of journalists were allowed in the room. Those who attended wore masks and sat six feet apart to comply with social-distancing rules. Mr. Biden called on reporters by their first names, from a list drawn up beforehand by his staff.

In that sense, it was another return to normalcy, after four years of Mr. Trump’s free-for-all, fact-challenged news conferences. At one, Mr. Trump mocked a reporter for wearing what he called “the largest mask I think I’ve ever seen” and at another claimed that injecting disinfectants into the human body could help combat the coronavirus. Reporters shouted to be heard, and Mr. Trump appeared to relish the chaos.
Did someone accuse Biden of going senile? What about this outrageous bit of advice?
Most people seem to have realized that Biden's news conference was staged, with previously arranged questions to be asked by previously designed reporters. But let's wait for the next news conference, to be held three months from now...

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Re: Biden conducts a press conference without screwing up.

Post by Milo » Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:45 pm

Russian collusion!

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Re: Biden conducts a press conference without screwing up.

Post by neverfail » Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:56 pm

Thanks fellows.

I read something in the N Y Times report that helps me understand his response (so far) to the arrival of Latino refugees, especially unaccompanied minors, on American sio0l from Mexico (and beyond).
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/25/us/p ... T7DD6-YCaU

He spoke of immigration in personal terms, as the last resort of desperate people seeking a new life in the United States. When families decide to leave Mexico or Guatemala, the president said, they do not say, “I got a great idea: let’s sell everything we have, give it to a coyote, have him take our kids across the border into a desert where they don’t speak the language, won’t that be fun?”

Mr. Biden added: “That’s not how it happens. People don’t want to leave. When my great-grandfather got in a coffin ship in the Irish Sea, expectation was he going to live long enough on that ship to get to the United States of America? They left because of what the Brits had been doing. They were in real, real trouble. They didn’t want to leave. But they had no choice. So, you’ve got — we can’t — I can’t guarantee we’re going to solve everything. But I can guarantee we can make everything better. We can make it better.
If Joe Biden's immigrant ancestor arrived from Ireland on a coffin ship then that implies that his forebear fled Ireland during and because of the Potato Famine (approx.1846-1850) - a time of mass starvation in that country. The Brits did not cause the blight that made their essential potato crop wither and die for several years in succession. Where the British establishment of the day was in the wrong was in having maintained the protectionist Corn Laws that in the British Isles had benefitted landowners by keeping cerial grains prices high. It meant that when sympathetic Irish-Americans orgainsed chartered ships laden with cheaply purchased American maize to sail to Ireland to provide donated food relief to Ireland's hungry; British customs still insisted that the skippers pay the hefty tariff owing on the cargo - which of course they could not afford to do. I believe that many of those ships had to turn around and return to the US with cargos undelivered.
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I have heard that in Central America (El Salvador and Honduras are special hot spots) they might not be starving en masse like the Irish in the latter 1840's but that entire cities have been taken over and are run by criminal gangs - whose rule makes life intolerable to law abiding citizens down there. They have reason to want to flee to the relative safety of the United States. (I say "relative" because even in the USA you have a problem with organised crime - but I believe that it is nothing like as bad as in nearby Latin America).

Biden is right. They do not come because they are drawn by vaunted attractions of the USA but because they are fleeing hell. In that regard I even wonder whether a border fence like the one Trump inagurated is the solution it was made out to be. Even if completed by Biden conditions in nearby latin America would still remain as dire as now compelling masses to flee. The coyotes will still find a way through, under or around the fence to get them across the border.

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Post by Jim the Moron » Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:38 pm

Is the US the only western hemisphere nation targeted as a destination by abused Central Americans? Native Americans should be able to go anywhere in North/South/Caribbean America, as long as they do it legally.

The One-Horse Pony should have taken a nap before the press conference, plus a couple of Red Bulls just before.

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Post by Sertorio » Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:07 am

Milo wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:45 pm
Russian collusion!
The Presidential Press Conference in the Biden Era Is as Awful as Ever
By Susan B. Glasser - March 25, 2021

https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-f ... ul-as-ever

Sometimes the big moments in our politics meet the very low expectations we have for them. Joe Biden’s first Presidential press conference, on Thursday, was one of them. By the end of it, after an hour and two minutes that felt much longer, Biden had answered some two dozen questions. The majority of them were repetitive variants on one of two subjects: immigration and the Senate filibuster.

Biden had no actual news to offer on either subject. In case you missed it, he is really, totally, absolutely committed to fixing the terrible situation at the border, and also not yet ready—because he does not have the votes—to commit to blowing up the filibuster. There was not a single question, meanwhile, about the ongoing pandemic that for the past year has convulsed life as we know it and continues to claim an average of a thousand lives a day. How is this even possible during a once-in-a-century public-health crisis, the combating of which was the central theme of Biden’s campaign and remains the central promise of his Presidency? It’s hard not to see it as anything other than an epic and utterly avoidable press fail.

For weeks, Washington clamored for a Biden press conference. This was, after all, the longest a new President had gone without holding one since the Coolidge Administration. Republicans—and the state-run media in Russia—seized on Biden’s reticence as proof that he was somehow too old or incoherent to face the rigors of extended, unscripted questioning. With his critics having set such a low bar, it should surprise no one that Biden, who did, after all, win a national election by surviving almost a dozen debates with his Democratic-primary rivals and two with Donald Trump, cleared it. Republicans, it could be said, succeeded in one respect with their preshow spin: they wanted Biden to be on the defensive talking about immigration and the border, not the passage of his $1.9 trillion covid-relief package and the success of his vaccine campaign. Reporters, based on the questions, agreed.

Sixty-five days into Biden’s tenure, there was plenty to ask him about, even in the absence of the Trump-manufactured dramas that fuelled the news in the past few years: horrific mass shootings, escalating tensions with China and Russia, missile tests by North Korea, and, oh, yes, the pandemic. The killings in Georgia and Colorado over the past week forced Biden to cancel part of his carefully planned “help is here” tour to tout the covid-relief package—a reminder that, no matter how disciplined and organized his Administration is, no matter the contrast to Trumpian chaos, all leaders fall prey to the press of urgent and unanticipated crises. Biden opened the press conference by announcing a new plan to administer two hundred million vaccines by his hundredth day in office and a vow to get a majority of elementary and middle schools open by then. But that is where the big story of his Administration began and ended—as far as the journalists were concerned.

Biden’s policies on the pandemic have been popular with the public, including with Republican voters, but there are plenty of tough questions to be asked about them, given the huge uncertainties of when and how we are going to get out of the covid mess. Instead, the press conference quickly reminded me why I never liked them much. What did we learn? That Biden agrees with Barack Obama that the Senate filibuster is a “relic of the Jim Crow era” but is not yet committing to a full-out attack against it. That he has not yet decided whether to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by the May 1st deadline set by his predecessor. That he will “consult with allies” about the North Korean missile tests. That he plans to run for reëlection in 2024 but might not because, hey, it’s a long time from now and who knows if there will even be a Republican Party by then. His strongest words were reserved for the current Republican campaign in numerous states to restrict voting rights—which the President called “un-American” and “sick.” The funniest moment by far was when he was asked whether he would run in 2024, given that Trump had already announced he was doing so by this early point in his tenure. “My predecessor?” Biden said, and then he laughed. It was a short, derisive laugh. “Oh, God, I miss him,” he said.

Although Biden refused to endorse the effort by progressives to get rid of the Senate filibuster, he eventually seemed to lose enough patience with the press conference that he engaged in a little filibustering of his own. Late into the hour, I found myself tuning out a bit when Biden gave a long lecture on the twenty-first-century battle between autocracies and democracies. During his answer, I noticed that Zeke Miller, the Associated Press correspondent who had been given the first question at the press conference, was tweeting from inside the press room—about a different subject entirely, the Israeli elections. (In another rarity, Israel and the Mideast also did not come up at the press conference, I should note; perhaps American foreign policy is finally pivoting, after all?) Meanwhile, Biden had begun another stem-winder, on infrastructure. “There’s so much we can do that’s good stuff,” the President said. This, by the way, was in response to a question about gun control that he did not really answer. It’s not for nothing that Biden served for all those decades in the Senate.

I have spent years, as an editor and a reporter, hating on Presidential press conferences—the faux-gotcha questions, the pointless preening, the carefully calculated one-liners from the President made to seem like spontaneous witticisms. Print reporters like me are biased toward scoops and original reporting; we tend to dislike events that are staged for the cameras, featuring journalists as props.

Then came Donald Trump, and an entire Presidential term of watching press conferences with a renewed sense of urgency. No matter how hard they were to sit through, they were undoubtedly relevant: Trump regularly used them not only as a platform for his lies and cartoonish demagoguery but also for unexpected policy pronouncements that had significant real-world consequences. Trump’s performances required watching because his Presidency defied the norms of governance; he was the only one who could speak for his Administration of one, and thus we had no choice but to pay attention.

That was then. Today, no one watches a Biden press conference worrying that he is about to suggest that Americans drink bleach to cure their covid or that he will declare war on Michigan because its governor wasn’t appreciative enough. Wondering whether Biden, a famously long-winded seventy-eight-year-old former senator, will stumble over an answer does not have the same consequences as watching a Presidential press conference to find out whether Trump is still threatening to rain down “fire and fury” on North Korea. This is an improvement, to be sure. But politics moves on, and, in this case, Trump’s exit from the White House means that we journalists have the space and time to consider once again the problem of how to insist on transparency and accountability in our government without relying so heavily on the empty spectacle of the televised Presidential press conference, a platform that arguably had its heyday in the early nineteen-sixties.

I am, of course, all for asking Biden hard, tough, and pointed questions—the more the better. But Thursday’s press conference reminded me of why I hated these staged events in the first place. It taught me nothing about Joe Biden, his Presidency, or his priorities. The problem was not that it was boring. It was that it was bad.
This was The New Yorker comment, not RT's...

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Re: Biden conducts a press conference without screwing up.

Post by neverfail » Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:22 pm

Doc wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:29 pm

DId you actually watch Biden's press conference?
Well, no Doc.
HE had pre-submitted questions with the answers on the back of each page where the question was written. They gave him a picture book of the reporters present so he knew which ones to call on for them to ask him the question ha had on paper in front of him. . And even with that at one point he gave the answer for the wrong question.
Good! It minimises the possibly that he would utter misinformation that might prove politically embarrasing to his administration and perplexing to the public. Not to mention misleading foreign governments monitoring his every word for signs of shifts and changes in policy direction into making the wrong responses. Were I in his shoes I would, for preserving the integrity of my message, want to undertake such a stage managed press conference also.

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Re: Biden conducts a press conference without screwing up.

Post by neverfail » Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:35 pm

Milo wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 3:21 pm
They accuse Biden of going senile because they are his political opponents and American law allows such defamatory speech with no downside of any significance to them.
Thanks for reminding me, Milo.

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