President Joe Biden met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House and urged him not to take questions from the U.S. press because they don’t ask “on point” questions while stating the Indian press was “much better behaved.”
In yet another incident intended to silence American journalists, Biden took a swipe at the press while meeting with Modi in the Oval Office on Friday.
“I think what they’re going to do is bring in the press. The Indian press is much better behaved than the American press,” the president asserted. “I gotta watch out; they’ll knock one of those down.” Modi appeared to firmly agree with Biden on the matter.
“I think, with your permission, you could not answer questions because they won’t ask any questions on point,” Biden outrageously stated.
The president’s comments are even more ironic when you consider that India ranks “142nd” in the world for freedom of the press. The United States is ranked “44th” but a downgrading of that tenuous position looks to be in the works via Biden.
WATCH: President Biden, during meeting with Indian PM Modi:
“The Indian press is much better behaved than the American press…I think, with your permission, you could not answer questions because they won’t ask any questions on point.” pic.twitter.com/VppL7973ma
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 24, 2021
Biden’s rude treatment of the American press was notably not included in the official White House transcript on the White House’s website.
This swipe at U.S. journalists follows a growing number of hostile encounters with the press where the president is either managed or loses his temper when dealing with them. Many times, he just walks away and dismisses the press. Insults and jabs at journalists have become commonplace in the Biden administration.
Biden called NBC News correspondent Kelly O’Donnell a “pain in the neck” in July for daring to ask him a question that he thought was off-topic.
He also angrily snapped at CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins for asking him questions concerning his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, informing her she was “in the wrong business.” He would go on to posit that “to be a good reporter you gotta be negative. You’ve got to have a negative view of life.”
Biden also kidded about running over a reporter while he was test-driving a vehicle after the reporter asked him a question about Israel.
On Tuesday, he infuriated the press when he refused to take questions from American reporters during a meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The prime minister went on to call on two reporters from the UK while American journalists were herded out of the room and prevented from asking Biden any questions at all.
Biden refuses to take questions after UK’s Boris Johnson opens floor at joint presser https://t.co/hq6vgyvLz2 pic.twitter.com/dO3TwlSgBk
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 22, 2021
Nigel Farage says Brits were left aghast at Biden’s ‘utterly bizarre’ meeting, Boris Johnson was ‘stunned’ https://t.co/A4Zbz0KqDC pic.twitter.com/pOXYA0GF8t
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 23, 2021
White House press secretary Jen Psaki threw Johnson under the bus over the incident, claiming that the prime minister did not inform staff that he was going to take questions.
The media for the most part did not cover the silencing of their brethren. Instead, they focused on Biden having familial roots in India.
It also should be noted that since the CDC has not approved the Indian-made Covaxin vaccine to treat COVID-19, Modi should have been required to quarantine for seven days when he arrived Wednesday in the US. That didn’t happen and he met unmasked with President Biden.
Biden was heavily criticized for his ongoing rude and dismissive treatment of the American press:
I thought Modi had said this when I heard about it, but nope that's the American president https://t.co/7wjZgbv9CI
— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) September 24, 2021
India ranks 142nd in the world in press freedom, according to Reporters Without Borders. Russia is 150th (U.S. is 44) https://t.co/0m3C1mJcfm
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) September 24, 2021
“On Point Question” = one given in advance, along with the answer written on my handy note card!
— Lienlord (@CHBCYA) September 24, 2021
It was better when we used to have a free and independent press…
— Brettery (@Brettery) September 24, 2021
Behaved Press is Controlled Press.
— Suraj Singh (@surajtomar123) September 25, 2021
He is afraid of the questions
— Salem bin Fahad 🦸🏻♂️ (@Salem630_) September 25, 2021
Indian press is better behaved than American press because they don’t have the freedom to question the govt(man in power) unlike American press where they know the purpose of journalist is to question man in power.
Sacked Indian journalist now a days run YOUTUBE channel.
— Pradeep Sethi (@MrPradeepSethi) September 24, 2021
“Democracy Dies in Darkness”
— Dubsnizzle (@VoteKillface) September 24, 2021
🤔…the #Press is suppose to keep elected officials accountable, not to “behave”. @JoeBiden speaks like a true authoritarian. Che, Chavez, Castro, Putin would be so proud. This regime would never be able to handle a fully functioning free press.
— k_g_1 (@the_k_g_1) September 24, 2021
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