He’s no sell-out: Biden speaks to half-empty room at CNN town hall

He’s no sell-out: Biden speaks to half-empty room at CNN town hall


President Biden on Wednesday spoke to a half-empty auditorium while doing a live CNN “town hall” event in Ohio.

The more than dozen empty rows weren’t apparent to television viewers thanks to flattering shots that appeared to show a full, non-distanced crowd packing the front rows — in a striking visual display of normalcy after more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions.

But a member of the traveling White House press pool shared a photo from the back of the room, revealing that, in fact, the venue was far from packed at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati.

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“The audience for the @[email protected] ‘town hall’ is all seated in forward rows. Back of the auditorium is empty,” tweeted Voice of America reporter Steve Herman, along with a photo.

The image of empty seats was discordant with Biden’s attempt to project confidence in overcoming the coronavirus pandemic, including his assertion, “this is not a pandemic.”

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