Outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki disparaged Fox New’s White House correspondent Peter Doocy during an interview this week that has gone viral.
The press secretary appeared on the far-left “Pod Save America” on Thursday where she took aim at Doocy and his network.
Politico White House Correspondent Eugene Daniels asked Psaki, “Peter Doocy is a stupid son of a bitch, or does he just play one on TV?”
“He works for a network that provides people with questions that, nothing personal to any individual including Peter Doocy, but might make anyone sound like a stupid son of a bitch,” she said about Doocy.
Jen Psaki is asked if “Peter Doocy is a stupid son of a bitch or does he just play one on tv:”
“He works for a network that provides people with questions that, nothing personal to any individual including Peter Doocy, but might make anyone sound like a stupid son of a bitch.” pic.twitter.com/2FYMPX12Rr
— Eugene Daniels (@EugeneDaniels2) April 15, 2022
Previous reports have said that Psaki is on her way out of the administration, possibly for a position at MSNBC. But for now, using her current post to attack a media outlet and one of its correspondents may be an ethics violation, according to Mediate columnist Colby Hall.
“For the record, I’ve long felt that Jen Psaki is a master of her job as Press Secretary but also may be the best at the job that we’ve seen in the current 24/7 political media ecosystem. But she is not above criticism. And her comments about why Peter Doocy may or may not come off as a ‘stupid son of a bitch,’ crosses a significant line given her widely reported future plans to join NBC,” he noted.
Hall praised Psaki again but added that her criticism of Fox News and Doocy “still crosses a line that many in media were wildly focused on during the Trump administration and how staffers worked closely with Fox News.”
“It was a big deal when say Bill Shine left Fox to go work with Trump, or when news broke of Kayleigh McEnany was reportedly going to join Fox News. Psaki should be held to the very same standard by the media held by Fox News or Trump staffers for the same,” he added.
“The bottom line is that Jen Psaki is a government employee who is openly criticizing a media outlet that is the competitor of her future employer,” Hall noted further.
“If Psaki has a ‘handshake deal’ to join NBC after she officially leaves the briefing room podium, then she should reasonably be far more circumspect in not just her future briefings, but in any public appearance in which she is asked about competitors of her future employer,” Hall continued.
Others reacted to her comments online.
Psaki is the one who recently claimed this wasn’t close contact. pic.twitter.com/1CF8EtDHB7
— AdamInHTownTX (Not a Biologist) (@AdamInHTownTX) April 15, 2022
Gonna be hilarious when no one watches her MSNBC streaming show.
— Pat Quinn (@patquinn26) April 15, 2022
— Jessica O’Donnell (@heckyessica) April 15, 2022