CNN’s principal media correspondent Brian Stelter interviewed White House press secretary Jen Psaki last summer and only the most sensitive softball questions were thrown in Psaki’s direction. For example, Stelter actually asked Psaki “What is the press wrong when it covers Biden’s agenda”
Today is Psaki’s last day as Biden’s spokesperson, and Stelter’s greeting is something else:
Jen Psaki has been as dishonest as anyone who worked for Trump and has even more contempt for the press than any Trump employee, and that’s the salute the media janitor gives her. pic.twitter.com/tqYUSMMGch
– Chief Impact Officer BT (@back_ttys) May 13, 2022
We expected nothing less than full devotion to bring Psaki water one last time:
Jen Psaki is about to give her 224th and final briefing as WH Press Officer … https://t.co/sPIaB6sJKS
– Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 13, 2022
Considering Stelter’s previous interview with Psaki, a brilliant one revision his position as press officer was certainly not unexpected. Here is just one example from
Like excellent Psaki
Conservatives (some of whom followed Psaki’s briefings live on Fox) criticized Psaki for avoiding questions. Liberals celebrated her for neutralizing heavy questions (including some from Fox) and defending Biden’s agenda. WH reporters appreciated her accessibility, even if it didn’t make up for Biden’s relative lack of press conferences and interviews.
Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple counted the number of appearances Psaki made as a press officer on various networks and said that “what stands out here is the fair treatment between the networks, especially Fox News.” On Sunday on Fox, Psaki said his goal was “to speak to the public and definitely engage and evaluate a free press.”
Kumar, a regular in the meeting room, told me Psaki excelled as a host “because she arrived well prepared for the job.”
The media counted the number of briefings given by Psaki, but did he bother to calculate the number of lies that were told? And as usual …
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– papi (@ Shields2protect) May 13, 2022
Of course, Stelter doesn’t want any realities to end up in his feed.
I still feel the indignation when Spicer continued to dance with the stars pic.twitter.com/xUp7MpcsMA
– Cox (@HOLYSMKES) May 13, 2022
Nauseating stuff that would make Pravda editors blush https://t.co/eRGKOQjLZR
– Carlos Danger (@Shaughndogg) May 13, 2022
North Korean state media may also tell Stelter to lower it a notch, so it’s not that obvious.
There’s a reason he holds so many briefings: You have to do it when the president himself can’t.
– cali_peaches (@cali_peachz) May 13, 2022
Trump spoke directly to the media almost every day
– Internationally recognized disinformation specialist (@ wethepeeps1221) May 13, 2022
And Biden talks to the media – well, let’s say not as much as Trump did.