Biden's tumultuous first year with the press, marked by sparring matches and less access

In his first year in office, Biden held just 10 press conferences – two of them true solo formal ones – compared to Trump’s 22, Obama’s 27, and Bush’s 19, according to the University of California Santa Barbara. 

Former President Trump also dwarfed Biden in the number of solo sit-down interviews with the media, conducting 54, compared to Biden’s 16. 

On multiple occasions, after giving remarks about critical topics, Biden would turn his back on a press corps shouting questions in his direction, earning him the nickname “Walkaway Joe,” and leading one CBS News reporter to plead with Biden “When will you take our questions?” 

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When the president did speak to the press, he frequently called on reporters from a pre-determined list, or joked that he was not supposed to take questions from the press, drawing criticism that he was not actually in charge. 

During a press conference following the attack on U.S. troops in Kabul, Afghanistan, Biden said he was “instructed” to call on reporters from a pre-approved list. “Ladies and gentlemen, they gave me a list here. The first person I was instructed to call on was Kelly O’Donnell from NBC.”

Again during a press conference following the G20 summit, Biden opened the floor to questions saying, “And now I’m happy to take some questions. And I’m told I should start with AP, Zeke Miller.”

Biden also frequently sparred with members of the press, at one point calling O’Donnell a “pain in the neck,” and telling another they were in the “wrong business.”

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At a press conference on Wednesday, he snapped at a reporter, who questioned the president about his comments comparing those who opposed his voting reform agenda to segregationists. 

“That’s an interesting reading of English,” the president snapped. “Yeah, I assume you got into journalism because you like to write.”