Fox News Reporter Confronts Psaki Over Snubbing Network's Access To Question Biden

Fox News Reporter Confronts Psaki Over Snubbing Network's Access To Question Biden

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
March 26, 2021

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy confronted White House press secretary Jen Psaki Friday over the very obvious snubbed the network has seen in months but became very apparent following President Biden during his first press conference when he never called on the network to ask a question.

During Psaki's press briefing, Doocy noted that Biden since becoming the Democratic candidate, as well as becoming the president-elect during the transition always has a pre-determined list of journalists to call on and that Fox News is the only member out of the five major network press pool to never get called on to ask the president a question. He asked if this media shutout of Fox from the Biden administration has become an "official administration policy."

"We noticed, starting at the end of the campaign and then into the transition and here at the White House, anytime the president has an event where he is given a list of reporters to call on, Fox is the only member of the five-network TV pool that has never been on the list in front of the president," Doocy asked Psaki. "I'm just curious if that is official administration policy."

Psaki downplayed the concern from Fox, saying that she always takes Doocy's question during the daily press briefing as well as Biden who she said has answered his question, although those type of questions the president has answered from the network has been shouted towards him at the end of a press event.

"We’re here having a conversation, aren’t we?" Psaki responded. "And do I take questions from you every time I come to the briefing room? Has the president taken questions from you since he came into office, yes or no?"

"Unfortunately, only when I have shouted after he goes through his whole list, and the president has been very generous with his time with Fox. I'm just curious about this list that he is given," Doocy pressed, noting again that Biden dating back to the campaign has a list in front of him he never calls on Fox News.

Psaki refused to answer Doocy's question if refusal to select on the network is some sort of "official administration policy," refuting the claims by saying she will appear this weekend on "Fox News Sunday."

"I’d say that I’m always happy to have this conversation with you, even about the awesome socks you are wearing today, and have a conversation with you even when we disagree,” Psaki said. "The president has taken your questions and I’m looking forward to doing 'Fox News Sunday' this Sunday for the third time in the last few months."

Biden took questions from reporters at 10 different outlets during his 62 minute press conference Thursday, but notably steered clear of selecting on Fox News for a question. Biden took questions from the pre-selected list from AP, PBS, The Washington Post, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, CBS News, CNN, Bloomberg and Univision.

After Thursday's news conference, Doocy in a recap with Fox News host revealed that he had a "binder full of questions"

"I mentioned last night...that I had a binder full of questions. I think some people were kidding. I was not," Doocy said Thursday. "We had a lot, and most of this stuff Biden did not get to."

"Nobody ever asked [Biden] about this big plan that he's got, this big idea to completely transform the economy to make it all green. That is something we were hoping to get on the board with, and there was really not a lot of questions about COVID, particularly the investigation into the origins of it," Doocy added.

Fox News anchor John Roberts, who was the network former White House correspondent during President Trump's tenure called the interaction between Psaki and Doocy "absolute hogwash."

"Absolute hogwash. He has never been on the list," Roberts said. "He has only gotten questions when he shouted them at the president. The president has said on occasion, you know what? You always ask me the tough questions, but you know I like you. So go ahead, bring it on

"Doocy has never been on the list. He has only gotten questions when he has shouted them at the president," Roberts said.

Mona Salama

Mona Salama

Mona Salama is a political reporter for The Floridian covering Congress, the White House and Congressional elections.

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