Update: Ben Winston, the executive producer of the Late Late Show, denies that Joe Biden was reading off a teleprompter.
Original post follows:
Joe Biden has made the most of delivering remarks in his tricked out Delaware basement. The private, orchestrated interviews that he conducts from his home office allow him the luxury of reading from a script even for interviews that would, if in studio be unscripted.
The reflection of his notes was visible when he held up a large, framed glass photo of him and his two sons from their college days. As he faltered over the description of the photo, the image of the onscreen teleprompter was made clear.
Biden has been criticized this election season for being unwilling to say much that has not been pre-written. Despite evidence to the contrary, the Biden campaign has taken issue with these accusation that Biden is not willing to speak off-the-cuff, and without prepared remarks.
There have also been suspicions that the questions Biden is asked by press are known and or vetted by the candidate and his handlers before hand. At a campaign event in Kenosha, Wisc. Biden took a question from BLM activist Porsche Bennett where she said, first off, that she "was told to go off this paper but I can't. You need the truth and I'm part of the truth."
At a later campaign event, Biden took ridiculously easy questions from reporters. The first question, from an Atlantic writer, asked Biden to comment on the state of President Donald Trump's soul.
Biden was asked about an article that ran in the Atlantic which named unknown sources saying that Trump had said mean things about American troops. The reporter read some of those words aloud for Biden, and then asked "when you heard these words... what does it tell you about President Trump's soul and the life he leads?"
Biden then remarked on the President's soul, saying "I'm gonna try to be measured in my response. If it's true, and based on all the things he's said I believe the article is true, I'd ask you all the rhetorical question, how would you feel?"
This is what passes for serious policy discourse in the Biden camp.