Rapper interview exception to 'Hidin' Biden' strategy

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
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Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Biden interview with Cardi BIt has been nine weeks since the public learned Joe Biden discussed the investigation of Michael Flynn in an Oval Office meeting but the national media has yet to get close enough to ask him about it.

There is no guarantee the Donald Trump-hating national media would press the Democratic nominee over his now-disproven claim to ABC News he didn’t know about the investigation, but the reporters and correspondents covering Biden would have to get a question first.

Last week, Biden and Kamala Harris had just finished telling Americans they would be required to wear masks under a Biden administration when one reporter attempted to shout a question – an easy, slow, softball one about President Trump opposing mail-in voting – to the former Vice President.

“Pure Trump,” Biden replied.

“OK, guys, let's go. Let's go,” a campaign aide told the media gaggle. “Come on."

“He doesn't want an election,” Biden added.

“OK, let's go, guys,” the same aide insisted. “Come on, let's go. Come on, you guys, let's go. Let's go." 

Dan Gainor of Media Research Center predicts that Biden will dodge the Democrat-supporting media --- and presumably their softball questions – for most of the election season

Gainor

“That's the strategy. Biden is deploying the Hidin’-Biden strategy,” Gainor insists. “I doubt if he even really has a say in it. I think his handlers have deployed that.”

And there is good reason for that observation, too. Biden’s campaign is well aware Republicans are highlighting his rambling interviews and speeches, which only adds to speculation over his mental abilities at age 77, and he angrily snaps at reporters who bring up the topic.

The campaign staffers also know Biden is not afraid to curse at unhappy voters who confront him and call them fat, which creates a public relations nightmare for staffers who control a candidate's speeches and appearance to influence voters. 

Just this week, at the well-rehearsed Democratic Convention, the nominee stated he is “Joe Biden’s husband” when introducing wife Jill, who has been conducting media interviews while her husband remains at home. 

Biden vs auto workerOne well-known figure was not afraid to interview Joe Biden, however: Stripper-turned-rapper Cardi B interviewed him for Elle Magazine. She demanded free college tuition and free Medicare coverage.

“There’s no reason,” Biden told her, “why we can’t have all of that.”

After viewing the taped interview, some keen observers have pointed out  the friendly, brief interview was heavily edited. It was also noted that Biden is a grandfather to seven, not five, as he stated in the interview. 

The campaign strategy to keep Biden away from the media has not been totally ignored. Fox News host Chris Wallace says keeping Biden off the Sunday morning talk shows, even on friendly ones, is an odd tactic right before a party's big convention. He has never seen it done. 

"I don't think you can hide from now until Election Day," he told Fox News Radio. "I just don't think it's possible."

Asked why the supposedly independent press corps is failing at its job, Gainor says because the liberal reporters and correspondents know what is at stake: President Trump’s re-election.

“There isn't one person in the major media who want to go down in history as being the person who took down Joe Biden and re-elected Donald Trump,” Gainor says. “It would destroy their career.”

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