President Joe Biden insisted that reporters only asked him “negative” questions.
Speaking to reporters before he boarded Air Force One on Wednesday, Biden said, “You see, to be a good reporter, you have to be negative. You have to have a negative outlook on life, for me. You’re not. ever asked a positive question. “
His comments came after he had a testy exchange with reporters on whether he was confident that Russian President Vladimir Putin would change his attitude, as Reported by IJR.
“We will know. We have an agreement to work on a major arms control agreement … We’ll see if that happens or not … The thing that has always amazed me about the questions, and I apologize for being so short before, if you are in my position you will say, ‘Well, I don’t think anything will happen. It will be really rough. I think it will be bad. ‘You guarantee nothing will happen,’ he said.
He added that he believes there is “a value in being realistic” but there is also reliability.
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“Here, to be a good reporter, you have to be negative. You have to have a negative outlook on life, for me … I apologize for being short” – Biden to Kaitlan Collins’ question and her response here pic.twitter.com/2mHvKkPz7X
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Earlier in the day, Biden was asked why he is “very confident” Putin’s behavior will change.
He shot back, “I’m not confident he’s going to change the habit. What Is What are you doing all the time? When did I say I was confident? What I said was… what will change their behavior is if the rest of the world responds to them and reduces their status in the world. ”
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins asked him, “Because the previous behavior hadn’t changed and at that press conference … he denied any involvement in cyberattacks, he ignored human rights abuses, he even refused to say Alexei Navalny’s name. How does that account work in a constructive meeting? “
“If you don’t understand that, you’re in the wrong business,” Biden quipped.
He later apologized to Collins as he said, “I owe the last question an apology. I shouldn’t be a smart person.”
As Biden laments what he views as negative questions, a Pew Research Study of his first 60 days in office found that he received fewer negative coverage than former President Donald Trump, former President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, and former President Bill Clinton in the same time period.
The study found yan stories about Biden from outlets with conservative audiences were 78% negative, while those with “mixed” audiences were 24% negative. In addition, stories from outlets with “left” audiences were 19% negative.
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