President Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly considering excluding conservative media from White House press conferences after Deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo announced that they were working to deal with problematic media outlets that might “peddle conspiracy theories.”
Ducklo’s statements, in line with the new administration’s policies, come at a critical time for freedom of opinion, given the steps taken by Big Tech such as Twitter or Facebook to censor conservative ideas.
In recent statements with Politico, Ducklo, stated, “Organizations or individuals who traffic in conspiracy theories, propaganda, and lies to spread disinformation will not be tolerated, and we’ll work with the WHCA to decide how to handle those instances moving forward.”
Mainstream media has labeled various reports as “disinformation” or “conspiracy theories,” as well as individuals who have questioned official narratives.It is worth recalling the censorship of the New York Post newspaper by Twitter after it published a story about questionable foreign business dealings involving the Biden family.
Last year, during a press conference, Biden became upset after Fox News reporter Peter Doocey asked questions about an ongoing federal investigation against his son, Hunter Biden.
In a more recent instance, Doocey asked why the president was not wearing a mask while at the Lincoln Memorial after signing an executive order mandating masks on any federal property.
Press secretary Jen Psaki justified Biden’s actions by stating that he was doing so as he was “celebrating an evening of a historic day in our country,” and then adding, “We have bigger issues to worry about.”
The same official media that gave Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election race as a foregone conclusion even without knowing the verdict of the Electoral College, were also involved in the censure of President Donald Trump, as well as the officials under his charge during the four years of his administration.
For now, while Biden officials said they will not take steps to banish pro-Trump voices from the White House, they assured that those journalists who wish to retain press credentials must “meet the criteria determined together with the correspondents’ association,” according to Politico.
White House officials emphasized that they will take steps “not to allow outlets to use the briefings to spread baseless conspiracies.”