On the April 5 edition of Louder with Crowder, host Steven Crowder falsely claimed that President Joe Biden’s March 25 press conference was staged because he used notes. Crowder, who remains temporarily suspended from YouTube, said pictures of Biden using notes during the press conference showed that he was taking prepackaged questions.
The New York Post first published photographs showing Biden with notes and a chart of reporters during the press conference. Since then, conservative media has been spreading unfounded allegations that the press conference was staged.
It is not unusual for a president to reference written notes during a press conference. President Donald Trump frequently attended press conferences with prepared notes, and the notes often had his own writing on them.
Crowder’s claim that the questions Biden received were “predetermined” is entirely without basis. Though it is not uncommon for the White House to find out what reporters may want to ask during a press conference before it occurs, that does not mean the questions are staged. And there is no evidence that Biden had answers to predetermined questions “written down,” as Crowder asserted, during the press conference. In fact, the reporters at the press conference received widespread criticism for not asking questions about the COVID-19 pandemic, which is the top priority for the Biden administration.