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A picture of Joe Biden at his first press conference as President was shared by various tabloids such as NYPost and The Sun.

They claim that the image shows journalists Biden intended to call on. Eg the NYPost claims:

New photos reveal several cheat sheets used by President Biden during his Thursday press conference — including one with the headshots and names of reporters he planned to call on.

And The Sun claims:

In another photo, Biden, 78, is seen holding a paper with headshots of reporters, with some that he planned to take questions from circled and numbered.

close-up image showing a card with headshots, some of which have numbers next to them Image source: NYPost

Is this claim correct? Did President Biden have a photo directory of journalists with instructions for which ones were allowed to ask questions?


EDIT: After I posted the original social media link (which an editor has since removed), NYPost, The Sun, and Fox News all reported similar claims.

This hopefully this satisfies the "social media isn't notable claims" naysayers in the comments.

Other comments have pointed out (while carefully not making a firm statement) that a guide of which reporters are allowed to ask questions may be unsurprising. That'd surprise me; I've never read an article claiming that for any other Presidential news conference, but either way I'd like to know the answer.

SE covers "yes, but not surprising" all the time. E.g. Is every elected US president related to George Washington [including 17th cousins]?.

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    If true, how would this would be different from normal practice? I would certainly need a book of photos in order to recognize and address by name a hundred journalists on my first day. – DJClayworth Mar 25 at 23:29
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    You think politicians don't have favourites about which reporters they prefer to ask questions? – DJClayworth Mar 26 at 0:01
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    Geez. Questions about politics is a very reliable litmus test to show that this community is not always as objective as we would like to pretend. The question is clearly notable (i.e. OP has shown that at least 3000+ people think it's true). If it is standard practice, post an answer demonstrating that this is standard practice. Don't assume that just because you think something is common knowledge it actually is common knowledge. The fact that this question was asked should be proof enough for that. – Jordy Mar 26 at 9:47
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    I believe this Fox News article qualifies as a notable source. That said, what is there to be skeptical of? – David Hammen Mar 26 at 13:45
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    @DavidHammen The part that one could be skeptical of is the thing about "circled the ones he was told to call on." The Fox News article doesn't make that claim though. The claim is imho not that interesting, and might also be a bit difficult to verify (esp. the "told to" part), but it doesn't seem off-topic to me if notability can be established. A far-right forum is imho borderline for that (there's no way to verify how many people actually interacted with the post), so it would be great if there are additional sources establishing notability. – tim Mar 26 at 14:23

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