President Biden’s Wisconsin Town Hall did not feature some of the toughest questions.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who was the event’s host, refrained from asking the President about the recent manipulation about COVID-19 deaths in New York nursing homes.
Cooper also said nothing about the scandal surrounding former White House Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo.
Not a single question about leaked Cuomo transcripts
One of the most covered stories in the media during the last few days was the reported mishandling of data about the New York nursing home residents who died from the complications of COVID-19.
Following a leaked transcript that was published in New York Post, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the members of his office have been accused of intentionally concealing the true number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes to avoid the prospects of a future investigation.
Both Democrats and Republicans severely criticized the potential data manipulation and Cuomo’s subsequent reactions.
Even though he agreed that his administration should have acted much faster, Governor Cuomo denied any allegations about the conscious misrepresentation of data.
Quite ironically, President Biden was highly supportive of Cuomo’s administration during the 2020 election campaign.
The focus was on COVID-19 and… Trump
Another controversy emerged when TJ Ducklo, one of the closest aides of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, used sexist insults to intimidate the reporter who investigated his personal life.
After the incident, Ducklo was first given an unpaid suspension but was later forced to resign.
It seems strikingly coincidental that Ducklo had to leave his office less than a month after President Biden vowed to unconditionally fire any of his team members who treat his or her colleagues disrespectfully.
Instead of these topics, the focus of the town hall was on the issues of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent acquittal of former President Donald Trump in an impeachment trial held before the Senate.
Cooper was especially interested in finding out whether the President agrees with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her characterization of Republicans who voted against Trump’s impeachment as ‘cowards.’
CNN anchor was also curious about whether the Department of Justice would be in a situation to investigate the former President.
He even managed to ask how the President feels after moving to the White House.
Many insiders commented that such behavior toward Biden is not unusual for CNN, given that the station conducted similarly lenient town halls with Biden during the 2020 election campaign.