DANIEL VAUGHAN: Biden's Scripted Questions Reveals Media's Role In Conspiracy

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 July 8, 2024

The first firing over the fallout from Biden's debate performance has finally happened. The lady fired wasn't in the White House or in public office at all. Andrea Lawful-Sanders was fired because she had to ask the President pre-selected topics and questions the White House demanded. Her employer, WURD, said this violated journalistic standards, and there was a "mutual decision."

During an interview on CNN, Lawful-Sanders told the network that the Biden campaign fed her a list of eight interview questions. She had to pick four questions from that list for her brief conversation with Biden. Hilariously, Biden bumbled through the pre-set interview questions, saying multiple bizarre things.

In a statement on removing Lawful-Sanders, WURD told listeners, "The interview featured pre-determined questions provided by the White House, which violates our practice of remaining an independent media outlet accountable to our listeners. As a result, Ms. Lawful-Sanders and WURD Radio have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately."

The station added, "As Pennsylvania's only independent Black-owned talk radio station, WURD Radio has cultivated that trust with our audience over our 20-year history. This is something we take very seriously. Agreeing to a pre-determined set of questions jeopardizes that trust and is not a practice that WURD Radio engages in or endorses as a matter of practice or official policy."

It's hard to take issue with anything WURD says. They have high journalistic standards, they're sticking to them, and they lay out the decision. It's cut and dry for them.

The questions why don't other media outlets have similar standards? Why is an independent radio station the first one breaking the news that the White House is trying to script its way through everything?

Both the White House and Biden campaign said they "would not suggest questions for future interviews." But that means this was standard practice before—it took Biden's implosion in the debate to get the press to take this seriously, but it's always been there.

Only a few months after inauguration, the New York Post reported that Biden needed cheat sheets for his first press conference. As time passed, it became increasingly clear that Biden had advanced knowledge of reporter questions on those cheat sheets.

Fox News started getting photos of Biden's cheat sheets, which showed reporter faces, names, and other information. It didn't matter if Biden was doing small interviews or big events with the leaders of other countries; Biden was getting fed questions, names, and everything else.

It's not just questions, however. Biden needs everything scripted. His staff scripts everything from steps, stages, seating, and more—cheat cards for every aspect of his life.

Yet, the only person fired for anything we've seen is a black journalist at an independent radio station. The White House has scripted out every other part of Biden's life, including what reporters will ask at major events, and the only place that claims this violates journalistic standards is a local radio station.

When we ask questions like "How did the press miss this?" when referring to Biden's debate meltdown, the White House's scripted nature tells us why. The Washington D.C. press corps played a major role in hiding Biden's feebleness.

If major cable outlets and news stations had the same ethical standards as WURD, we'd see many more firings in major media. So far, there's been no reckoning for anyone involved. The White House is quietly withdrawing its demands on questions for now. WURD fired Lawful-Sanders, and the national press moved along like nothing happened.

The press seemingly lacks the curiosity or humility to admit its part in this. They've asked Biden their questions; he's barely made it through scripted answers. The press is feigning shock, but these scripted moments show the press had a role to play.

Charles C. W. Cooke at National Review lays down the line on these events:

If it's true, then the press was duped — and duped by the federal government of the United States of America. If it's true, then the executive branch has been engaged in a massive — and effective — conspiracy to keep Biden's infirmity from the people who are supposed to report the news. If it's true, then the White House fooled the media; it outwitted the media; it embarrassed the media. If it's true, then the President and his political party colluded to suppress the ability of the sacred Fourth Estate to relay matters of public interest to the voters, and, in the process, it made a mockery of the First Amendment ... is the press gonna investigate that?

The answer, increasingly, is no. The press will not investigate this because they were unquestionably a part of the problem. The first outlet to raise issues with this was an independent radio station in Pennsylvania.

No one in the D.C. press corps had an issue with what has gone down. And they're fine being shown that an independent black-run radio station in Pennsylvania has more journalistic ethics than the entire national media.

The press didn't just carry Biden's questions for him. It actively helped push the White House's narratives that everything was fine when it was clearly not. The press jumped on scripted questions because otherwise, they'd have to ask real questions, like "Is the President telling the truth about his health?"

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