President Joe Biden delivered his first solo press conference on Thursday, where he took select questions from reporters but ignored Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy.
Doocy has been known for his challenging questions to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
Peter Doocy has a binder of the questions he didn’t get to ask pic.twitter.com/7O86qhu8S1
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 25, 2021
Peter Doocy reacts to not getting called by Biden:
“I mentioned last night I had a binder full of questions. I think some people were kidding, I was not kidding… I’m not sure if that was the end of the list. If we were on it, he did not make it down that far.” pic.twitter.com/pgSKguxAIU
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) March 25, 2021
The change marks a stark contrast with press conferences by former President Donald Trump. Fox News was often noted as one of his favorite media outlets.
Trump’s press conference also differed in his approach to hostile reporters. He was well known for his heated discussions CNN’s Jim Acosta.
The former president also hosted press conferences much more frequently than Biden. During some points of his term, Trump held daily press conferences with reporters, often speaking without notes to the media.
Biden’s shift clearly signals a preference to remain among safer reporters who were likely listed in advance on a list of those offering questions he was prepared to answer. His responses were well scripted, offering clear information free from the risk of an unprepared response or reporter attack.