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Biden’s Orchestra Pit Paradox

Biden understands he doesn’t need the media as much as they think he does.
Biden understands he doesn’t need the media as much as they think he does. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Peter Hamby
August 14, 2023

Last week, after a “Bidenomics” event in New Mexico, Peter Doocy of Fox News approached the president to ask about the latest kernel of intrigue in the ongoing Hunter Biden scandal—the allegation that Hunter would sometimes put his powerful father on speakerphone to talk business with clients. “I never talked business with anyone,” Biden retorted. “I knew you had a lousy question.” Biden walked off with a scowl on his face, while Doocy landed another spicy sound bite that Fox could air over and over, on television, YouTube, and beyond.