Jen Psaki and Peter Doocy clashed on Monday in the first White House press briefing following the infamous ‘stupid SOB’ incident between the media adversaries. Watch:
“Why is it that we can sit here in the white house briefing room with no masks, but people can’t sit in an airplane cabin with no masks?” Doocy asked in reference to the national mask mandate being struck down in a federal court in Florida on Monday.
“Well, Peter, I’m not a doctor,” she said condescendingly. “You’re not a doctor that I’m aware of. If you’re a doctor, I wasn’t aware of that today until today. Okay. Not a doctor. Just making sure. I don’t know. ”
“Nor do you play one on TV… most days,” she added. “There you go. Most days. But these determinations, remember the mask and guidance is there are, is green, yellow, and red. We are currently in a green zone in Washington, DC. So they’re not recommending it.”
“Some people can still wear a mask if they want to, many people do or wear them in meetings or wear them at certain times where you’re going to be around or sitting close to people, or maybe you have an immunocompromised parent or, or friend. And so people make that decision,” she added. “And there’s, this is based on health considerations and data that the CDC looks at about transmissibility as, we’ve seen increasing cases on, on airplanes.”
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Jen Psaki said in an interview on Thursday that the questions asked by Peter Doocy, Fox News’ White House correspondent who has made tormenting the press secretary a cottage industry, made him look like a “stupid son of a bitch.”
The insulting remark was made on “Pod Save America” with podcast co-host Dan Pfeiffer.
“Is he a stupid son of a bitch, or does he just play a stupid son of a bitch on TV?” Pfeiffer asked.
“Well, he works for a network that provides people with questions that — nothing person to any individual, including Peter Doocy — but might make anyone sound like a stupid son of a bitch,” Psaki replied.
The unprofessional fighting words even prompted an unlikely response: CNN coming to the defense of Fox News’ Peter Doocy.
“Let’s bring in CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter,” Alisyn Camerota said. “Brian, obviously, Peter Doocy has been at times a thorn in the side of Jen. But doesn’t that come with the territory?”
“It does come with the territory,” Stelter said. “And I think the point she’s trying to say there is that Fox pushes story lines that are sometimes nonsense. Doocy does that in the briefing room. But still, she did it in a way playing to a liberal audience that certainly is going to cause a lot of outrage from Fox probably for the next few days, right?”
“Here’s what the network says in a statement. Fox telling me: ‘In his role as White House correspondent, Peter Doocy’s job is to elicit truth from power for the American public. His questions’ — they say — ‘are his own, he is a terrific reporter and we are extremely proud of his work.’ So basically, Fox is saying, hey, we don’t provide him questions. He comes up with them himself. So they’re defending his honor.”
“I think Jen Psaki is kind of like — remember in senior year, spring of your senior year, you’re about to graduate and you’re just tired of all this? I think we’re seeing that from Jen Psaki. She’s about to leave the White House. She’s going to go to a job — likely at MSNBC — so she’s kind of relaxing and maybe sharing how she really feels. But to be fair, she didn’t really criticize him directly. She was really criticizing Fox News as an organization,” Stelter remarked.
Jen Psaki has one foot out the door and she’s already warming up for her role in the mainstream media: Lying to the public in the most arrogant and ignorant way possible. She’ll fit in perfectly on MSNBC.
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