White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has had to put up with Fox News’ Peter Doocy in the press briefing room for over a year now, so it’s understandable that she agrees with President Joe Biden’s characterization of him as a “stupid son of a b****.”
Biden muttered those words about Doocy under his breath on a hot mic after being asked one of Doocy’s frequent irrelevant questions.
This week, Psaki was asked if she agrees with Biden during a podcast. In an attempt to soften the blow of her agreement, Psaki perfectly shifted the label to Fox News in general.
“He works for a network that provides people with questions that, nothing personal to any individual, including Peter Doocy, but might make anyone sound like a stupid son of a b****,” Psaki said.
Fox News host John Roberts jumped to Doocy’s defense on Twitter.
Note to @PressSec . @pdoocy makes the decisions on what topics he wants to quiz you on, and develops the questions himself.
His philosophy is a basic tenet of journalism. Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable. If that makes all of us “stupid s.o.b.s”, so be it.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) April 15, 2022
The problem is that Doocy’s questions are not journalism. They are often irrelevant or worded to blame Biden for things that are beyond his control such as inflation and gas prices or to manufacture something into a scandal when it’s not. And while Fox News claims to be “afflicting the comfortable,” the network did nothing but make Donald Trump comfortable for four years while willfully spreading his propaganda.
Twitter users took issue with Roberts’ defense of Doocy.
Fox News claims in court filings they are an entertainment company, not a news organization.
Why should they have WHPC credentials at all?
— mandyoneill (@mandyoneill) April 15, 2022
I understand you have to stand up for a colleague, John, but you’re being disengenuous in ignoring that Doocy asks loaded, bad faith questions for an organization that has an agenda.
— Paul Myers (@pulmyears) April 15, 2022
give it a rest John – don’t make it sound like some intellectual exercise – his questions all cater to a narrative Fox contrives
— 🇺🇸Poppy Gabe🇺🇸 (@GabrielSteel6) April 15, 2022
You’re smart enough to know how stupid he is, and you’re making it very hard for decent people to defend you.
“Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” is the exact opposite of the Murdoch/Tucker/Hannity ethos. You’re usually wise enough to stay mum on this.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) April 15, 2022
Perhaps this would fly if he and Fox didn’t skip the first tenet of journalism – obligation to the truth.
— A name and some numbers (@jamesmadisonwi) April 15, 2022
Nah, John. He just asks stupid loaded questions. He’s got the brains of a turd and the philosophy of a toilet.
— Machine Pun Kelly 🇺🇦 (@KellyScaletta) April 15, 2022
If anything, according to many Americans, Fox News and other right-wing propaganda networks should be stripped of their credentials so that real news outlets can ask actual questions that the American people need answers to without distraction from folks like Doocy who have nothing to contribute.
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