Joe Biden’s election strategy is simple: Stay hidden in the basement while everyone else goes out and campaigns for him.
However, on the rare occasions Biden emerges, his campaign’s spin team works around the clock to run interference on the latest gaffe.
Therefore, in order to limit Biden’s exposure, the media has been shut out. And for one local outlet in Lancaster, PA, that strategy is infuriating.
Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for president, was in Lancaster city Thursday to meet with three families and discuss the Affordable Care Act. Biden also met briefly with Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace and Lancaster city Council President Ismail Smith-Wade-El to discuss “housing, racial justice and community development block grants,” LNP | LancasterOnline’s Gillian McGoldrick reported.
But no one from LNP | LancasterOnline, including McGoldrick, had access inside the event.
National media and an Associated Press pool reporter were able to cover the event. A local television station and — inexplicably — a Pittsburgh radio station CBS affiliate were allowed in late. But not the local newspaper journalists, who politely and repeatedly asked for access but were told they couldn’t enter because of “space restrictions.”
Biden was talking with Lancaster County people that LNP | LancasterOnline covers every day of the year. LNP | LancasterOnline journalists should have been permitted to cover Biden’s discussion.