Biased Media: Biden Using Teleprompter For Interview Answers Just Like Trump Using One For Prepared Speeches
Trying to negate questions about Joe Biden’s stamina, health, and preparedness to lead the country
It’s been obvious for months now that Joe Biden uses a teleprompter—and not just for speeches. He uses it during what are supposed to be unscripted interviews with reporters and when answering questions from high-profile Democrats and voters in the middle of virtual events like fundraisers and campaign-driven town halls.
In late March/early April as the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic ground much of the country to a halt, Biden began to spend the majority of his time campaigning from his basement. Because there’s (presumably) no one in his basement outside of the presidential nominee himself, family members, and his handlers, the Biden campaign appears to have taken advantage of the situation by setting up a teleprompter loaded with talking points he uses when he talks to journalists and voters while sequestered.
The Daily Caller put together a pretty comprehensive video a week ago of numerous incidents where it looks as though Biden is reading scripted answers from teleprompters during virtual events and interviews. They also included clips of Trump complaining about how he could never get away with it and another where an MSNBC reporter/anchor dishonestly conflates reading off a teleprompter for a speech with reading off of one for media interviews:
Here’s another clip that stands out in my view as clear evidence of a teleprompter being used:
Joe Biden orders his staff to move up his teleprompter and lets out a very labored sigh while waiting for the prompter to scroll.
Is he ok? Why can’t he answer a question without a teleprompter?
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) September 7, 2020
Up until recently, no one in the mainstream media dared ask the Biden campaign the teleprompter question even as Trump himself has relentlessly pounded Biden on the issue. Fox News host Bret Baier was the first to ask Biden campaign national press secretary T.J. Ducklo earlier this month several times about it. Ducklo never directly answered the question and instead accused Baier of being a Trump campaign operative. Ducklo’s defensiveness and refusal to answer the question spoke volumes.
Fast forward to last Friday, when Trump held a campaign rally in Minnesota. As he gave a speech in front of a large crowd of supporters, he read off of a teleprompter. This, numerous members of the mainstream media declared, was evidence that Trump was being hypocritical and duplicitous:
Trump, who regularly uses a teleprompter, mocks Joe Biden for using a teleprompter pic.twitter.com/tmO9uSVTU4
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 19, 2020
Trump, who has teleprompters set up tonight at his rally in Wisconsin, is ridiculing Biden for using teleprompters.
Does he think the people in the crowd don’t see the prompters?
Or does he think his supporters just don’t care?
— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) September 18, 2020
Trump, reading from a teleprompter here in Wisconsin, is criticizing Biden for using teleprompters
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) September 18, 2020
Donald Trump is criticizing Joe Biden for using a teleprompter while reading off of a teleprompter himself.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) September 18, 2020
President Trump- speaking tonight from two teleprompters- just mocked Joe Biden for using a teleprompter. pic.twitter.com/5xUtGO2G7a
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) September 18, 2020
The Hill correspondent Reid Wilson chimed in earlier in the day Friday on Trump’s alleged “habit of projecting onto others” including on “the teleprompter thing”:
I’ve been thinking about Trump’s habit of projecting onto others — the teleprompter thing, blaming Biden for lack of mask mandates, suggesting Biden would skip debates — and @ChrisMegerian wrote it better than I would have – https://t.co/f4qsNvESBp
— Reid Wilson (@PoliticsReid) September 18, 2020
This is maddeningly dishonest, but you’ve probably already figured that out. The issue isn’t the use of teleprompters in and of itself. The issue is a nominee for higher office using them during interviews and Q&As with voters where you are supposed to be able to speak coherently without the use of visual aids and other campaign prompts.
He probably knows that most people outside of hostile newsrooms easily understand the difference between using a Teleprompter to give a speech and using a Teleprompter to answer questions at a press conference.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) September 18, 2020
Trump’s point from the Daily Caller video about how he would be skewered by the same press if he tried to use a teleprompter to answer their questions is right on the money. They’d hammer him on it for days, weeks, months on end.
That supposedly objective reporters have taken the “whataboutism” route here is just more evidence that they’re trying to negate legitimate questions about Joe Biden’s stamina, health, and preparedness to lead the country in a desperate attempt to drag him over the finish line in November. It’s what they did during Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign, too.
Regardless of the MSM working at warp speed in an effort to take this issue off the table, the Trump campaign is not letting up on it. They released this ad Saturday:
Move along, nothing worrisome to see here, right? I mean according to CNN “fact-checker” Daniel Dale, Biden can “utter… many consecutive coherent sentences” together, so voters have nothing to be concerned about, right?
Biden is implicitly fact checking Trump by…uttering many consecutive coherent sentences, which Trump has repeatedly said Biden cannot do. https://t.co/LzS2Bx7ioq
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 18, 2020
If that’s not setting the bar about as low as it can go, I don’t know what is.
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