President Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki announced that he will finally hold his first White House press conference on March 25th. That will mark 66 days since he took office, breaking a record for going without facing the press that stretches back over a century.
In what has to be the understatement of the century, Psaki added that it’s possible Biden will be presented with a list of approved journalists. I would imagine that not only will the journalists be approved, but their questions will be written for them well in advance, and the answers will be on the TelePrompter. If he manages to get through it without saying something like “Indian immigrants are taking over the country” or calling someone a dog-faced pony soldier, it will be hailed by the media as the greatest press conference any President has given in the history of ever.
The New York Post’s Michael Goodwin also expects the media will lower their expectations and raise their partisan enthusiasm. He cites this astounding quote from Politico:
“The President so far has surprised some of his former colleagues and allies with a largely gaffe-free White House debut after a lifetime of verbal stumbles.”
Goodwin notes that it’s easy to avoid gaffes when (A.) you never give press conferences, and (B.) when you do speak and make a lot of gaffes (the White House had to issue three “corrections” after Biden spoke to CBS), the media simply refuse to report it.