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President Joe Biden faced backlash on Wednesday after admitting at the start of his press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, that he reads off a list of pre-selected reporters that is given to him. The admission by Biden confirms what has long been suspected as he is often seen looking down at his notes right before he calls on reporters who are almost always from left-wing legacy news organizations. Biden said, “I’ll take your questions and as usual, folks, they gave me a list of the people I’m going to call on.” The admission from Biden spurred a flurry of responses online, including from commentators who compared how Biden handled the press to how Russian President Vladimir Putin handled the press. “How is this acceptable?” Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) tweeted. “You cannot be serious…” political consultant John Burke tweeted. Hunter Lovell, press secretary for Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), tweeted, “Oof, I see he decided to say the quiet part out loud.” “Someone needs to ask Jen Psaki why they make Biden do this,” RNC communications specialist Kyle Martinsen tweeted. “Do they think he’s incapable of calling on reporters without a list?”

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