As she prepares for her next appearance, outgoing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki looks back on her publicly controversial relationship with Fox News reporter Peter Doocy.
Speaking live on Thursday’s Pod Save America podcast, Psaki was quick to blame Doocy’s actions on his employer when asked if the journalist really was “a stupid son of a bitch.”
“He works for a network that asks people questions – nothing personal to a person, including Peter Doocy – but could make anyone sound like a dumb son of a bitch,” she said, drawing laughter from the audience.
“In his role as White House Correspondent, it is Peter Doocy’s job to extract the truth from power for the American public,” a Fox News spokesman said after Psaki’s remark. “His questions are his own, he is a great reporter and we are very proud of his work.”
Both the initial question and Psaki’s response were a not-too-subtle nod to an incident in late January in which President Joe Biden was caught by a hot microphone, quietly calling Doocy a “dumb son of a bitch.”
The President’s sizzling comment came after Doocy asked him if he thought inflation was a “pre-midterm political burden”.
Biden later called Doocy to apologize for the remark. In her Pod Save America chat on Thursday, Psaki told the journalist had been gracious after the President’s mea culpa.
Psaki, a former CNN political commentator, is stepping down from her role next month to join MSNBC. The Connecticut native will host a show on the network’s streaming platform, Peacock, and share her perspective on live newscasts.
She and Doocy have traded barbs on numerous occasions during their roughly one-year tenure. Last month, she memorably rebuffed the journalist’s suggestion that the Biden administration was to blame for soaring gas prices in the US
“Peter, let me give you the facts here,” she said at the time. “I know it can be awkward, but I think they matter at this moment.”
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