Joe Biden loses it at CBS reporter who asked about kids in classrooms

Joe Biden loses it at CBS reporter who asked about kids in classrooms

November 21, 2020

‘Why are you the only guy who shouts questions?’ Biden loses it at CBS correspondent who asked if he’ll help get more kids back to school after his COVID task force said classrooms are safe – then tells the press to leave

  • President-elect Joe Biden lost his cool at a CBS News reporter on Friday 
  • Biden was wrapping up meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer 
  • Meeting took place in president-elect’s office in Wilmington, Delaware 
  • As press corps was asked to leave, Bo Erickson asked Biden a question 
  • Erickson asked if Biden would urge teachers to allow kids to return to class 
  • ‘Why are you the only guy who shouts questions?’ Biden said in response
  • Last month, Biden snapped at Erickson for asking a question about Hunter Biden
  • New York Post obtained emails about Hunter’s foreign business dealings 

President-elect Joe Biden got testy with a CBS News reporter who asked him a question on Friday about his plan to get children back into classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tense exchange took place just as Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were wrapping up a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in Wilmington, Delaware.

‘In my Oval Office, mi casa, you casa,’ Biden, who turned 78 years old on Friday, is heard telling the senior Democratic Party leaders.

At that point, a Biden aide asked the assembled gaggle of reporters to leave as the photo op concluded.

President-elect Joe Biden (right) gestures during a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Wilmington, Delaware

Towards the end of the meeting, CBS News reporter Bo Erickson asked Biden about whether he intends to lean on teachers unions to get kids back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Why are you the only guy that always shouts out questions?’ Biden says in response. He declined to answer the question

Biden’s response was criticized on social media while Erickson (seen above) was widely praised

Erickson on Friday posted a tweet about the incident. He has been covering the Biden campaign for CBS News

Bo Erickson, a CBS News reporter who has been covering Biden and his campaign, asked the president-elect a question.

‘Mr. Biden, the COVID task force said it’s safe for children to be back in class,’ Erickson is heard saying as the other reporters are ushered out of the room.

Erickson then asks if Biden will encourage teachers unions to cooperate in returning students to classrooms.

‘Why are you the only guy that always shouts out questions?’ Biden says in response. He declined to answer the question.

Teachers unions have been resistant to the idea of returning to full-fledged, in-person instruction due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

On Twitter, many were angered by Biden’s dismissive remark of Erickson, who was praised as a dogged journalist who asked a good question.

‘It’s a great question that deserves an answer from Biden,’ Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy tweeted.

‘Good for Bo, also the idea that this was a “shouted” question is hilarious,’ ABC News correspondent Will Steakin tweeted.

Erickson’s CBS News colleague, White House correspondent Paula Reid, tweeted: ‘President-Elect Biden asks a good question – why is @BoKnowsNews the only one in the Biden pool tossing questions?

‘Schools, vaccines, stimulus – so many important q’s for both @SpeakerPelosi & @JoeBiden.’

‘Shouting questions will again be deemed a bad, disrespectful thing,’ The Hill media columnist Joe Concha tweeted.

‘A completely valid and important question asked in a civil tone…deflected by Biden, who may not have understood it because it wasn’t screened by staff first,’ radio host Derek Hunter tweeted.

‘Because Bo is trying to do journalism and much of the rest of Biden’s press corps are stenographers,’ journalist Zaid Jilani reacted.

‘As we see many other reporters throw softballs at Biden, reporters that ask tough questions of both sides (like Bo) are going to be far more important over the next 4 years,’ conservative writer A.G. Hamilton said.

This is the second time in a little more than a month that Biden has lost his cool in response to a question from Erickson.

Last month, the CBS News reporter asked Biden about his son Hunter’s foreign dealings.

‘A completely valid and important question asked in a civil tone…deflected by Biden, who may not have understood it because it wasn’t screened by staff first,’ radio host Derek Hunter tweeted

‘Because Bo is trying to do journalism and much of the rest of Biden’s press corps are stenographers,’ journalist Zaid Jilani reacted

‘It’s a great question that deserves an answer from Biden,’ Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy tweeted

‘Shouting questions will again be deemed a bad, disrespectful thing,’ The Hill media columnist Joe Concha tweeted

Erickson’s CBS News colleague, White House correspondent Paula Reid, tweeted: ‘President-Elect Biden asks a good question – why is @BoKnowsNews the only one in the Biden pool tossing questions?’

‘Good for Bo, also the idea that this was a “shouted” question is hilarious,’ ABC News correspondent Will Steakin tweeted

‘As we see many other reporters throw softballs at Biden, reporters that ask tough questions of both sides (like Bo) are going to be far more important over the next 4 years,’ conservative writer A.G. Hamilton said

The then-candidate responded by saying he had ‘no response’ and furiously slammed Erickson.

Erickson put the question to Biden as the candidate boarded his private jet after a campaign stop in Michigan, two days after the New York Post broke the bombshell story.

‘Mr. Biden, what is your response to the New York Post story about your son, sir?’ Erickson asked.

‘I know you’d ask it,’ Biden replied heatedly, wearing two masks. 

‘I have no response, it’s another smear campaign, right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask.’ 

Many media figures were criticized for not asking Biden about the Post story.

Biden’s campaign previously responded to the Post report with a statement saying ‘Joe Biden carried out official US policy toward Ukraine and engaged in no wrongdoing.’

Last month, Biden responded furiously when Erickson asked him about emails revealing his son’s foreign dealings

‘I know you’d ask it,’ Biden replied heatedly, wearing two masks. ‘I have no response, it’s another smear campaign, right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask’

‘Mr. Biden, what is your response to the New York Post story about your son, sir?’ CBS News reporter Erickson asked

Hunter’s emails were provided by Rudy Giuliani to the New York Post after a computer repair store owner said he’d found them on a hard drive.

The store owner said a man who he was unable to identify brought three computers into his store for repair last fall and never picked them up. He said he then made a copy of the emails and images on the hard drives, and provided them to the FBI and to Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer. 

The emails suggest that Biden, who has always denied knowledge or involvement in his son’s business dealings, was more deeply involved than he has previously admitted. 

Twitter added to the controversy when it blocked links to Post articles about the revelations, a decision the social media platform later backtracked.  

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