published : 2023-10-12

Biden's Continuous Avoidance of Hunter and Corruption Allegations Raises Questions

President Biden remains silent on the growing corruption allegations surrounding his family

President Biden delivering a speech on threats to democracy taken with a Nikon D850.

President Biden has come under scrutiny for avoiding questions about the corruption allegations plaguing him and his family in a series of 'friendly' interviews.

Critics argue that Biden's limited number of interviews, coupled with the lack of challenging questions, is a deliberate attempt to protect him from media scrutiny.

His most recent interview with ex-CNN correspondent John Harwood on ProPublica focused mainly on threats to democracy, with only a brief mention of the legal woes facing his son Hunter and the impeachment inquiry launched by House Republicans.

DePauw University professor Jeffrey McCall suggests that Biden's handlers are actively shielding him from the media and the American public due to his tendency to make gaffes and controversial remarks.

This pattern of avoiding tough interviews and limiting interactions with journalists only reinforces the perception that Biden is not capable of handling rigorous questioning.

John Harwood conducting an interview with President Biden taken with a Canon EOS R5.

In fact, most of Biden's interviews in 2023 have been in soft arenas and with sympathetic outlets, such as CNN, MSNBC, and PBS.

To present a more balanced and inclusive image, it would benefit Biden to expand the range of outlets for his interviews.

Despite facing controversies and allegations, Biden has not been asked about his son Hunter's federal charges or the money trails between foreign entities and members of the Biden family uncovered by House Republicans and the IRS whistleblower.

The selective nature of the White House when it comes to granting interviews with the president has been criticized by journalists, including a New York Times reporter who highlighted the preference for 'friendly talk show hosts.'

John Harwood, who conducted Biden's recent interview, has a history of bias against Republicans and drew criticism for his questions during a GOP primary debate in 2015.

Protesters rallying against corruption allegations outside the White House taken with a Sony Alpha a7 III.

In the past months, Biden has faced numerous controversies that he has not been pressed on during interviews, raising questions about his transparency and accountability.

With his biggest headaches being long-term issues such as his viability as a president, his son's legal woes, and his own classified documents investigation, it is evident that Biden's public relations team is prioritizing shielding him from tough interviews over potential rewards.

However, this strategy risks perpetuating the narrative that Biden is too fragile to handle challenging questioning and navigate difficult situations.

The article concludes by urging Biden to engage in more rigorous and challenging interviews to counteract this growing perception.