On Thursday (February 16), a hot mic caught members of the White House press corps reprimanding each other for shouting questions at President Joe Biden after the President refused to answer questions.
After a press conference Biden had on the U.S.’s shooting down a Chinese spy craft and other sightings of aerial objects, the President was faced with a raucous press corps hurling questions at him.
One reporter could be heard querying if Biden was compromised in his dealings with China, given his family’s business connections to the communist nation.
Biden reacted to the question by snapping back, “give me a break, man.”
Other reporters, who had waited weeks to hear Biden’s response to the saga, came to the President’s defense.
In a clip posted by The Recount, a hot mic caught one reporter saying, “that seemed bad,” concerning reports shouting their questions at once, ultimately scaring the President Away.
Another reporter can be heard saying, “He can’t hear if everyone’s shouting.”
In the clip, another reporter is heard complaining that the disorganized questioning “does not help our authority to get information out of the President.”
A female reporter adds that Biden “was going to ask questions” before a fourth reporter grumbles that the conduct was “poor.”
Although shouting questions is common in press briefings, Biden has expressed his dissatisfaction at the practice before.
In October he chastened reporters questioning him in that manner, saying the U.S. press was “among the only press in the world that does this.”