First Biden News Conference

The event appeared to go pretty well.

It came off as staged and scripted.

The risk of taking questions from a random group of feisty reporters was completely avoided.

Not here to poke at Joe Biden.

Let’s look at public policy, access to public information and the efforts, or lack of efforts by the press to work hard to keep people informed.


Made For TV

Oct 7, 2016 Baltimore Sun News Video:

Expect more artifice than authenticity in ‘town hall’ debate

“Don’t be fooled. TV town halls today have almost nothing to do with the real meaning of the term.”

“Town halls did not really become part of political TV fabric until the 1990s, when Bill Clinton’s team started using them in the 1992 campaign because the candidate was so good at seeming to connect with participants — especially when they spoke about hardship or pain. That Team Clinton staged its own town halls and participated in others produced by cable channels — like MTV.”


Both major parties are OK with:

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end, wasteful Homeland Security spending, the drug war, federal prohibition of marijuana, treating 18-20 year old adults as 2nd class citizens, an ongoing glorification of military service, and newspeople who take a pass on asking questions on these issues.

Will made for TV news conferences take a look at any of this?

Pre-COVID interview

Prior to masks and social distancing.

8:30 command the respect of everyone in the world. Enemies and allies:


JFK speaks about the role of the press & voices of dissent in a free society:


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