One of the most revealing moments in last Thursday press conference came when one reporter asked Joe Biden when he would commit to transparency, which defined as allowing journalists to see “the facilities in which children are packed together to really give the American people a chance to see that.”
Here was Biden’s answer:
I will commit to transparency as soon as I am in a position to be able to implement what we’re doing right now.
Give the man credit. You can’t get much plainer or more transparent than that. He was in effect saying, “Never. You will never get to see the mess that I have created (and am blaming on the previous administration) because that would make me look bad. I will let you journalists in (i.e., ‘commit to transparency’) when — and perhaps I should say ‘if’ — my administration is able to rectify this situation.” Maybe this is what Biden meant when he said during the 2020 presidential campaign, “We choose truth over facts.”
At any rate, his definition of transparency was play again this past week when a Biden official asked Republican senators touring the border facility in Donna, Texas to delete photos they had taken. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., a member of the codel, told the Washington Examiner:
There was one of Biden’s representatives. I felt sorry for the lady because she actually talked to me about deleting a picture, but by the time she got to me, all those other pictures were taken, and that shows you the hypocrisy.
Here was the confrontation between the official and the GOP senators:
How far is Joe Biden going to stop the American people from seeing inside the Donna CBP facility?
Biden sent a political operative from DC to block our cameras and even threatened another senator to obstruct legitimate congressional oversight. pic.twitter.com/vHT2U7Nh1z
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 28, 2021
Ted Cruz was another of the senators present and posted this on Twitter:
These are the pictures the Biden administration doesn’t want the American people to see. This is why they won’t allow the press.
This is the CBP facility in Donna, Texas.
This is a humanitarian and a public health crisis. pic.twitter.com/UlibmvAeGN
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 26, 2021
Remarkably, much of the elite media was delighted with the press conference, which perhaps provides a preview of things to come now that Donald Trump is no longer president.