It has now been 33 days since Joe Biden held a news conference, and some are once again speculating that he is “in hiding” once again.
“The Biden camp is hoping to employ the ‘Vanna White effect,’ in which you say little and let the audience project on to you a favorable impression. But this strategy will be less effective for a national political candidate than for a game show hostess,” professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall said.
Biden has had a string of individual interviews over the past month, most recently facing scrutiny over accusations that he sexually assaulted former aide Tara Reade.
But a string of interviews is not the same as being on the campaign trail, when multiple reporters can ask him difficult questions on any topic they choose.
“If Joe Biden wants to prove he has the cognitive and political chops to be president, he’s going to have to expose himself to the press gaggle, not just sit for interviews with friendly reporters,” Cornell Law School professor and media critic William A. Jacobson said, noting that Trump has spent the month fielding questions from a hostile press on almost a daily basis.
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