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On Friday, CBS news reporter Bo Erickson seriously displeased President-elect Joe Biden by giving a speech after a meeting between Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., And Senate Minority Chairman Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) Question “exclaimed”. . Although there was no official Q&A, Erickson attempted to brief the president-elect of the ongoing debate about opening schools during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Mr. Biden, the Covid Task Force said it was safe for students to be in class,” Erickson asked. “Will you encourage the unions to work more together to get kids back into the classroom, sir?”
Instead of answering the question, the President-elect replied with his own question: “Why are you the only one who keeps asking questions?”
Erickson was then escorted by Biden’s staff. Instead of ending the affair, it has now taken on a life of its own on social media, as Erickson posted on his official Twitter account (@BoKnowsNews): “Asked Biden if he will encourage teacher unions to work together to re-enroll children.” School because the COVID Task Force said it was safe to be in the classroom. He didn’t answer. “
Many of Erickson’s colleagues were quick to come in on the reporter’s defense, including CBS correspondent Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCBS) who wrote, “President-elect Biden asks a good question – why
@BoKnowsNews the only one in the Biden pool who asks questions? Schools, vaccines, stimuli – so many important questions for @SpeakerPelosi & @JoeBiden. “
ABC News 2020 campaign reporter Will Steakin (@wsteaks) added, “Good for Bo, the idea that this was a ‘screamed’ question is weird too.”
Freelance writer Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) responded directly to Biden’s question, writing, “Because Bo tries to be a journalist and much of the rest of Biden’s press corps are stenographers.”
Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV), media columnist at The Hill, asked if the media will be forced to soften the line under the president-elect’s administration. “Shouting questions is again viewed as a bad, disrespectful thing.”
Many social media users agreed that Erickson was just doing his job, and user @AnnaZ posted, “1 – It’s a perfectly legitimate question
2 – Listen to the press barking from the room … are they really all going to be case-in-line Lapdogs again? “
Another user, @ toddau92, took an even tougher stance: “You need to start asking him the tough questions. Our republic deserves the answers.”
This sentiment shared @ jd313jd: “It will be embarrassing to see the national press being gently pushed around by Biden’s team for four years.”
@ AGHamilton29 added, “As we see many other reporters throwing softballs at Biden, reporters who ask tough questions on both sides (like Bo) will be far more important over the next 4 years.”
Silence the media
However, on social media, many users defended Biden, suggesting that it was inappropriate for the Erickson to “shout” a question – something reporters routinely do at almost every press conference and media event.
User @ ATLHailState01 defended the president-elect: “Maybe you shouldn’t ask a loaded question for a period of no questions?”
Some users also thought this was a matter of courtesy, as noted by @ privatyoga108 who suggested, “It wasn’t the time to ask questions, period. It’s that simple. Your question is worth it, but please don’t rude. We have been exhausted from this for 4 years. Please show your integrity. Thank you for your hard work, please be gracious. “
A story of two conferences
What also makes the President-elect’s comments noteworthy on Friday is the media response to Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to answer questions.
The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) posted a video showing the White House briefing room along with the comment “Chaos breaks out as VP Pence walks off the podium”.
Perhaps @keyboard_monkey sardonically summed up the frustrations the media faces today from too many politicians: “How dare these humble journalists ask questions and expect answers from the government employees who are paid with our taxpayers’ money? “