When The Anthem’s live audience in Washington finished laughing, Psaki, whose clashes with Doocy in the White House briefing room have been well documented, responded by blaming Fox News, not Doocy, for the questions. which she claimed the network “provides” to the reporter.
“He works for a network that asks people questions that, nothing personal to anyone, including Peter Doocy, but could make anyone look like a stupid son of a bitch,” she said.
Psaki, who is expected to leave the Biden administration and take up a new on-air position at MSNBC in the coming weeks, also praised Doocy for not criticizing the president during an interview with Fox News host Sean. Hannity after Biden apologized to the White House reporter. for his comments.
“You don’t have to like everything Peter Doocy says or does, but it’s definitely a Peter Doocy moment of grace,” she said to applause.
Jen Psaki plans to leave the White House for MSNBC
A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday morning. A Fox News spokeswoman declined to comment.
Biden’s disdain for Fox has been no secret, believing the network to be “one of America’s most destructive forces,” according to reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns in their upcoming book, “This Will. Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future The president apparently has similar feelings about Fox mogul Rupert Murdoch, whom he reportedly described to an associate as “the most most dangerous in the world,” Martin and Burns reported.
But that did not prevent the president or his administration from wanting to burst the bubble of the first cable news channel. While in the past Fox News has spent days condemning Democratic presidents for failing to respond to hot topics highlighted on the network, Doocy is now front row at White House briefings. Doocy’s questions to Psaki, some of which mirror Fox’s list of culture war issues, produced fireworks and viral moments on social media — and turned their exchanges into a new briefing room ritual.
The heat between the Biden administration and Fox was apparent on Jan. 24 when the president ridiculed Doocy after the reporter asked about inflation and the midterm elections during a White House event on the lower prices for American families.
“It’s a great asset. More inflation,” Biden said sarcastically. He added: “What a stupid son of a bitch.”
Shortly after, Biden apologized, saying, “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy with the last answer I gave.” Doocy said the president also called him and told him the comment was “nothing personal.”
“And we went back and forth, and we were just kind of talking about moving forward,” Doocy told Hannity hours after the incident.
On Thursday night, Psaki recalled how she watched Hannity’s broadcast the night of Doocy’s segment to see what the reporter would say about the president. She said while her mind was “really bent and hurt” watching Hannity’s program, she was struck by Doocy’s response when the Fox host asked her about the Biden swap.
“He could have been like, ‘He’s a son of a bitch,'” Psaki told ‘Pod Save America.’ “Instead he said, ‘You know, he called me, we had a really good talk. I just ask my questions, he does his job. So I would say it was a moment of grace.
In addition to his comments about Doocy, the son of longtime “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy, Psaki addressed the Russian invasion of Ukraine, stressing that Biden had no intention of go to Ukraine. Earlier in the day, Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.) traveled to Ukraine, becoming the first U.S. lawmakers to arrive in the country since the invasion began .
Pfeiffer was also asked about her deal with MSNBC and how long she would stay with the Biden administration. She again refused to confirm she was leaving for the left-leaning cable news network and only said she wouldn’t be the publicist forever.
“I don’t know, I don’t have a date or something,” she said, “but at some point I’ll look elsewhere.”
Jeremy Barr and Paul Farhi contributed to this report.