Apparently there was a “signing ceremony” of sorts earlier today where presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appeared alongside his vice presidential running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) so they could sign documents “related to accepting the party’s nomination at next week’s Democratic National Convention.”
According to the New York Post, the event was “tightly controlled” and lasted for a whopping total of two minutes.
As it turns out, calling it “tightly controlled” was a bit of an understatement.
After the staged event was over, you can see from the video below that – as they did yesterday – Biden’s handlers quickly moved to shoo reporters out of the room as they tried to ask questions of both Biden and Harris. Judging by the clip, it looks as though the journalists in attendance were all but literally shoved closely together behind some sort of curtain as the event concluded.
Watch closely, especially right at the beginning and towards the end of the video. Harris, in my opinion, looks tense and has a smile plastered to her face as though she’s gritting her teeth and wants to say something but can’t. Biden appears to still be signing his documents as the reporters are being shuffled away. As all this is happening, you can hear one of Biden’s handlers repeatedly saying “Come on guys, let’s go” as though she’s talking to schoolchildren. It’s a very odd, awkward several seconds:
For the THIRD day in a row, press are shuffled out of a Biden-Harris event without the chance to ask questions.
It’s not controversial to expect and demand presidential candidates answer unscripted questions from the press and everyday Americans. pic.twitter.com/zkZbQklcTn
— Ken Farnaso (@KLF) August 14, 2020
I should note that Farnaso claims this is the third time this has happened this week, but I’m only aware of two instances – Thursday’s and today’s.
As I noted this morning, because the media “built this” over the last few months by running interference for and allowing Biden and his campaign to get by with limiting the candidate’s time with reporters under the guise of “being safe in the midst of the pandemic”, I’m not inclined to have too much sympathy for their plight in light of the fact that the Biden campaign is clearly treating having to answer questions as an optional thing at a critical point in his candidacy.
It does, however, further prove the point that a lot of Republicans including President Trump have made about how the Biden campaign has used the pandemic as an excuse to keep him confined to the basement so they can better control the message since he tends to blurt out very embarrassing things rather quickly when allowed to speak.
The longer this goes on, the more frustrated the media are going to get and the more it will lend credence to the claims made by the Trump campaign and others that the Biden campaign is trying to hide something.