by Sam Rostok
Joe Biden appeared to accidentally reveal a screen with teleprompter text in front of him during a television interview, a clip of which went viral Saturday.
The interview was on CBS’ Late Late Show with James Corden.
While Biden was holding up to the camera a large framed old photograph of himself with his two sons, a reflection of the monitor could be seen. In the upper left as seen in the reflection is the feed from Biden, lower right is Cordon, lower left is hard to see but the upper right shows type-written words in green and blue.
As the apparent text first appeared, the show quickly cut to a shot of host James Corden, then back to Biden holding up the photo.
A slowed-down snippet highlighting this moment racked up hundreds of thousands of views Friday night, quickly eclipsing the view count on the Late Late Show‘s official upload:
Response came fast and furious, and quickly exposed Team Biden as scripting BOTH sides of this “interview”:
That reflection…— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 12, 2020
Joe Biden was using a teleprompter for an interview with James Corden. pic.twitter.com/wqBrhqNVHW
This “Interview” was scripted. Note different colors for teleprompter text. They are two sides to the “conversation”. I’ve worked with TV teleprompters before. This is what they are.— Eye of Orwell (@OrwellOf) September 12, 2020
This was staged. It’s all a show. pic.twitter.com/mCVI5JNLIW
Earlier this week, in a highly-charged appearance, Biden press secretary TJ Ducklo refused not answer one way or another whether Biden uses an aid to help him with answers during TV interviews, getting very testy with FoxNews’ Bret Baier:
In the first week of September, Biden sparked speculation about using a teleprompter during interviews by saying the words “topline message” while discussing the Trump administration’s Venezuela policy. Josh Holmes, former chief of staff to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), alleged Biden was “reading the header” aloud from a talking points memo.
The issue has come up as it appears to observers that Biden has been using a Teleprompter during remote interviews.
The Biden campaign has not answered a request for comment at the time of this writing.