WH Press Furious Over Biden’s Unprecedented New Rules

Under Joe Biden, Americans are seeing the highest gas prices we’ve ever experienced, skyrocketing food costs, and the prices of home goods going through the roof.

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Biden’s rule has seen us come to the brink of WWIII, a deadly evacuation of Afghanistan while handing it over to the Taliban, and world leaders looking at America as if it’s a second-rate power.

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That’s not to mention rising crime across the country, and purposeful mass illegal immigration due to Biden leaving the borders open. Cartels expand further and further into the country’s interior, doling their deadly wares of fentanyl while enslaving those they force to pay to get into the country illegally.

Biden’s handlers have tried to keep members of the press away from him so he doesn’t slip up as he is known to do.

But now journalists have had enough.

According to the New York Post, “a group of 68 journalists sent a rare protest letter to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Thursday asking that President Biden’s staff abandon a mysterious pre-screening process and reopen large events to all journalists.”

TV correspondents, famed veteran reporters and leaders of the White House Correspondents’ Association rallied behind the call to end year-old restrictions on venues such as the East Room that in past administrations were “open press.”

Biden aides have refused to tell the Correspondents’ Association the selection criteria for presidential events and individual reporters have received an array of conflicting explanations, resulting in a widespread belief that the practice is meant to shape the variety of questions presented to the president.

“The current method of allowing a limited number of reporters into these events is not only restrictive and antithetical to the concept of a free press, but it has been done without any transparent process into how reporters are selected to cover these events,” the letter says.

The letter continues:

“The continued inability of the White House to be candid and transparent about the selection process for reporters attending his remarks undermines President Biden’s credibility when he says he is a defender of the First Amendment.”

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“The incongruity of these restrictions underscores the belief by many reporters that the administration seeks to limit access to the president by anyone outside of the pool, or anyone who might ask a question the administration doesn’t want asked.”

“Let us be candid. Our job is not to be liked, nor is it to be concerned about whether or not you like what we ask. Reporters’ ability to question the most powerful man in our government shouldn’t be discretionary.”

“The administration’s continued efforts to limit access to the president cannot be defended,” the journalists argue. “Any notion that space is ‘limited’ is not supported by the fact that every other president before Biden (including Trump) allowed full access to the very same spaces without making us fill out a request form prior to admittance.”

The letter ends with, “Thank you for your attention to these ahistorical problems. We ask you to see to it that the protocols are changed back to the access norms to which we are accustomed.”

Kaitlan Collins from CNN, CBS’s Ed O’Keefe, and Fox News’s Jacqui Heinrich and Kevin Corke, as well as Sam Donaldson from ABC, April Ryan from TheGrio, James Rosen from Newsmax, Jon Decker from Gray Television, and Kimberly Halkett from Al Jazeera all signed the letter.

Salon journalist Brian Karem wrote the letter. Steve Portnoy of CBS News Radio, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, who privately lobbied against the practice for months, signed second. Another reporter from The Post was the third to sign it and helped get it out to other journalists.

The Post report continued:

High-profile journalists who reported on the Trump administration — including Jonathan Swan of Axios and Maggie Haberman of the New York Times — signed, as did journalists with decades of experience in the West Wing, such as Peter Baker of the Times, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times and John Gizzi of Newsmax, as well as DeFrank and Condon.

The letter was a rare airing of grievances. Some signers said they preferred to quietly communicate disagreements to the press office to resolve issues amicably and efficiently, but that attempting that route had been fruitless for more than a year.

The practice began last year as officials cited “spacing constraints” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the pre-screening has endured long after the White House ended indoor mask rules and returned to full-capacity briefings in early June 2021.

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As a sign of the little impact of the Coronavirus, Biden said this month that guests crammed into the East Room for a Pride Month event would have to lean on each other since there was no room to sit.

During a briefing in June, Jean-Pierre said, “I actually don’t know” what goes into the selection process but denied that certain outlets or reporters were blacklisted.

In October, Jen Psaki, the former White House press secretary, said, “I don’t have any more information on that.”