Meghan McCain Accuses the Media of “Slobbering All Over Joe Biden” After His Press Conference

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Meghan McCain may have a long-standing personal relationship with President Joe Biden, but that won’t stop her from criticizing his performance during his first press conference as president. On Friday morning, The View‘s resident conservative took the mainstream media to task for “giving Biden passes” on topics like COVID-19 and immigration, and she blasted the current administration for not calling on reporters from conservative outlets during the presser. “There is no need to slobber all over Joe Biden right now,” said McCain. “Our role in the Fourth Estate is to hold his feet to the fire.”

While McCain’s co-hosts felt that Biden did a good job during his first press conference — “I hope he does more of these,” said Ana Navarro, as she praised his presidential tone — the conservative firebrand didn’t quite agree. “I just want to start this out by saying that I love President Biden as a person,” she said, noting her “great love and admiration” for the current president. “But I believe our role in the Fourth Estate as journalists and as commentators is to hold the president and the press’ feet to the fire, and I have to separate my emotions from calling balls and strikes on this.”

McCain then proceeded to “present a scenario” in which President Trump was reelected, didn’t do a press conference for 60 days, and “when he finally did a press conference, he didn’t talk or answer one question about the pandemic, and he didn’t answer any questions from any media that didn’t agree with him.” She added that Biden’s decision not to call on Fox News reporters “was a huge miss” for an administration that is dealing with a variety of different crises.

In this scenario, McCain said, the panel “would be having a very different Hot Topic today,” as her co-hosts would be far less kind to the president. “I think it is incumbent on us and the press not to be deleterious in the way that we cover President Biden,” she said, adding that Biden had a “decent press conference,” but was “not being held in the same standard” as the prior administration. “Just because President Trump was so awful and so disrespectful to the press, which I think we’re all in agreement in, doesn’t mean we should be giving President Biden free passes,” argued McCain. “I don’t think he answered nearly enough questions that I, for one, would have liked to see him answer.”

“And I think the coverage of it has been really disconcerting,” she continued, as she accused certain news programs of “slobbering” over Biden’s presser. “[Calls to give] him time, let him be president — we did not give this levity to President Obama or to President Trump, so I don’t know why we’re giving him so much of it right now given that he’s been serving in office for over 50 years.”

To their credit, both Joy Behar and Sara Haines, who usually aligns with McCain on media-type issues, disputed their co-host’s characterization of the press conference. “I think it has a lot to do with the fact that he wasn’t lying. He didn’t tell reporters to shut up. He didn’t come up with some nasty name for somebody,” said Behar. “So, we have to give him time, give him a break. As he goes forward, they’ll be asking tougher questions.”

Haines added that Biden was repeatedly questioned” by reporters on the topic of immigration, despite McCain’s claim that he was lobbed softballs for the entire presser. “I felt like people were trying to hold his feet to the fire because that’s a more intense topic he doesn’t have a handle on, whereas with the virus, we’re outdoing the goals he set originally,” she added. “So I thought they were pushing back a bit … people kept grilling him.”

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