“Is he a stupid son of a bitch, or is he just playing a stupid son of a bitch on TV?” asked Pfeiffer.
The live audience laughed and Psaki paused before answering the question about the reporter known for goading the president and his fight with the press secretary in the briefing room.
“Well, he works for a network that asks people questions that — nothing individual to anyone, including Peter Doocy — but could make anyone look like a stupid son of a bitch,” Psaki said.
A Fox News spokesperson, in an emailed statement, said the network was not feeding Doocy questions.
“In his role as White House Correspondent, Peter Doocy’s job is to get the truth of power to the American public,” the spokesperson said. “His questions are his, he is a wonderful journalist and we are extremely proud of his work.”
Fox News anchor John Roberts, who preceded Doocy as the network’s White House correspondent, also came to his colleague’s defense.
“Note to @PressSec. @pdoocy makes the decisions about what he wants to ask you about and develops the questions himself,” Roberts wrote on Twitter. “His philosophy is a basic tenet of journalism. Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. If that makes all of us ‘silly sobbing’, so be it.”
PSAki, who is expected to leave the White House in the coming weeks for a job at MSNBC, then said she would like to tell a “nice Doocy story”, noting that she would not be popular with left-leaning audiences at an event. live “Pod Save America”. Revisiting Biden’s “stupid son of a bitch” remark from January, Psaki praised Doocy’s handling of the swap and Biden’s apology for the name-calling episode.
“Sean Hannity asked him what the president said and what he said. And he could have said ‘he’s a son of a bitch,’ or I’m standing for anything. He could have said anything. what. And instead he said, ‘you know, he called me. I’m just asking my questions. He’s doing his job,” Psaki recalls. “You don’t have to like everything Peter Doocy said or did, but it was certainly a moment of grace from Peter Doocy.”