American News Dec 31, 2020 8:31 PM EST

Biden team disables chat on Zoom conferences to avoid questions from journalists

Joe Biden's White House transition team has apparently turned off the chat function on their Zoom virtual press conferences, effectively disallowing questions.

Biden team disables chat on Zoom conferences to avoid questions from journalists
James Anthony The Post Millennial
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Joe Biden's White House transition team has apparently turned off the chat function on their Zoom virtual press conferences, effectively disallowing questions.

"The Biden transition team appears to have disabled the public chat function on its transition zoom calls, a place where I and others had been routinely complaining to them to take more questions," said Sam Stein, who works for Politico.

According to Fox News, reporters who were participating in the press conference had to use the "raise hands" function and await approval from a moderator before they could ask a question.

"Is there a point in saying we want to ask questions if you only call on the same small group every week?" White House reporter Andrew Feinberg asked.

The Biden team has yet to comment on this specific issue as of the time of this writing. However, in December, his press secretary did say the following:

"..... He also believes, though, that it's the media's job to hold him accountable. He's there to do the people's work and he welcomes that relationship. He welcomes their role, the media's role in our democracy and I think it will be, frankly, the polar opposite of what we've seen over the last four years... I think you'll see a huge change in the culture in the way this White House treats the media."

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