The approach, he said, brought him more and more attention off-screen. He is routinely stopped in the street and recognized, especially after Biden called him a ‘stupid son of b—-‘ for asking if inflation was hurting his party’s chances in the midterm elections. which are looming.
Since then, he’s been the subject of tabloid articles and become a punching bag for late-night comedians like Stephen Colbert, who joked that the president should pull a page from the playbook of Will Smith and slapping the Fox News White House correspondent.
“I’m someone who grew up watching presidents, watching late-night television. So if I hear any of them refer to me in any way, it’s surreal,” Doocy told Politico in an interview.
But if Doocy is the closest Biden White House has to a high-profile antagonist, even his back and forth with the administration doesn’t come close to the animosity displayed between Trump and the assembled press corps, or l attention it generated. Doocy told Politico he has a good relationship with Biden’s communications office, which he speaks to several times a day. He insists he’s not relishing the chance to fight with the publicist.
Earlier this month, former Obama communications manager and current Pod Save America host Dan Pfeiffer asked PSAKI if Doocy was really a “dumb son of b—-, or just kidding one on TV?”
Psaki responded by saying that Doocy “works for a network that provides people with questions that, nothing personal to any individual, including Peter Doocy, but could make anyone look like a stupid son of a b—- “.
The exchange sparked anger from Fox News personalities and executives, who said his comments were inappropriate. But they didn’t seem to mind the Fox News correspondent himself. Doocy said he had a private conversation with Psaki about his comments after the event and told Politico they weren’t mean-spirited.
“I think it’s a classic example of how things can be taken a bit out of context,” he said.