Conservatives have long complained that members of the mainstream media show favoritism when dealing with Democratic politicians.
However, a new report has one Republican congressman wondering if reporters are engaged in full-on collusion with the Biden administration, Fox News reports.
Biden’s cheat cards
Fox News published photos on Monday which showed President Joe Biden using cheat cards as he took questions during a recent press briefing. That led Texas Rep. Jake Ellzey (R) to ask if the cards were part of an effort to coordinate Biden’s answers with media figures.
“The question I have is, were those questions that he had on the note card planted by somebody else and then referred to by the media?” Ellzey was quoted as saying during an interview with Fox News. He added, “That would show collusion with the media.”
“I think that there are some people calling the shots that we don’t know who they are, and they need to be briefing us on what they’re advising the president on what he should be doing,” the GOP lawmaker continued.
Ellzey also suggested that Biden is excessively dependent on those around him, declaring, “I think he has a team that he relies on more than I would if I were the president.”
The congressman stressed that the stakes are high whenever Biden speaks, remarking, “Especially at the presidential level, every word that he says is going to be scrutinized, gone over by every world leader, because it has impact.”
Gaffe damage control
Ellzey then went on to reference a series of gaffes that the president made during a trip to Europe last week, complaining, “He went off message, and it got him in trouble.”
This included an incident in which Biden appeared to tell American troops stationed in Poland that they would soon be heading to Ukraine.
“You’re going to see when you’re there – some of you have been there – you’re going to see women, young people, standing in the middle, in front of a damn tank, saying, ‘I’m not leaving,” the president said according to Fox News.
At another speaking engagement, the president seemed to imply that the United States will be pursuing regime change in Russia, announcing, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”
The White House quickly issued a statement explaining that it is not attempting to remove Russia’s Vladimir Putin.