White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended President Joe Biden on Friday using a cheat sheet to summon reporters at his first press conference after Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy complained that his network was not on it.
Psaki knocked Doocy down when he asked why Fox News wasn’t getting a question, pointing out that she answered his questions at her press conference.
Doocy argued that Fox News was the only one of the five network pools of reporters that the president did not rely on. The five networks are ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and CNN.
“ We’ve noticed, ” Doocy told Psaki, “ from the end of the campaign and then into the transition, and here in the White House, every time the president has an event where he gets a list of reporters to call Fox is the only member of the pool of five network TVs that has never been on the list the president was on, and I was curious if that was official administration policy? ‘
Psaki replied, ‘We have a conversation here, aren’t we? And don’t I take questions from you every time you come to the briefing room? ‘
“Yeah,” began Doocy.
She quickly interrupted him. “Has the president not taken any questions from you since he took office? Yes or no?’
Doocy went on the defensive. Only if I’ve screamed after he went through his entire list and the president has been very generous with his time with Fox. I’m just curious about this list he got. ‘
White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended President Joe Biden using cheat sheet to summon reporters at his first press conference
Fox News’ correspondent Peter Doocy complained that his network was not on the list of reporters that President Biden called at his first press conference.
Psaki took the last shot, pointing out that she would be on the Fox network that weekend.
Well, I’d say I’m always happy to have this conversation with you, even about the awesome socks you’re wearing today. … The President is happy to answer your questions and I look forward to being on Fox New Sunday for the third time in recent months this Sunday, ”she said.
During his first presidential press conference on Thursday, Biden was caught by photographers holding a cheat sheet with the headshot, name and news organization of each reporter from the event.
The list was marked with numbers so that Biden would appeal to reporters.
Previous administrations also used lists of reporters that presidents could call. Donald Trump was the notable exception. He was often given a list, but seldom followed it. Barack Obama, on the other hand, used his list to summon reporters. The lists are prepared by the White House press shop.
Doocy took to Fox News after Friday’s press conference to explain that he was not complaining to Psaki, but asking her about a behavioral pattern of the Biden team.
‘We don’t ask for anything special. We don’t want to be singled out either, ”he said.
Fox News wasn’t the only major news organization not to visit President Biden in its 62-minute press conference on Thursday. Neither The New York Times nor Reuters were allowed to ask a question.
Biden also used a list of reporters when answering questions about his campaign questions and answers. When he finished his planned comments, he looked at a press officer who had a list on hand and appealed to reporters.
At those events, Doocy yelled questions to Biden as he left the stage, and the then-presidential candidate often stopped to answer him.
“I know he always asks me tough questions, and he’s always ahead of it, but I like him anyway,” Biden said at one point as he stopped to answer Doocy’s question.
Images taken during President Joe Biden’s first press conference on Thursday showed that he was using cheat sheets. The 78-year-old Democrat is seen with one sheet showing the headshots (photo) of journalists at the press conference he planned to attend
Biden’s notes contained headshots of reporters with notes apparently spelling out the order he intended to appeal to them
Doocy acknowledged that Biden had answered his questions.
Fox ended up getting a lot of sound bites from the president because when he was done with that list, he hung around to see what I was going to shout about. That’s great, ”he told Fox News Friday.
Biden often teased the tall Fox News reporter, the son of Fox News presenter Steve Doocy.
In August 2020, Doocy was in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, when Biden was there. When the then Democratic candidate passed on his bike, Doocy asked if he’d picked his vice presidential running mate. “Yes,” Biden called back. ‘YOU.’
But Doocy said he noticed ‘where there is a paper version in the black and white list of reporters who will appeal, Fox, which is part of a five network TV pool with ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC, has never been on the list and we have been the only ones who are part of that five network pool who have never been on the list. ‘