Former press secretary for President Trump Kayleigh McEnany has criticized CNN host Brian Stelter for failing to ask pertinent questions about the conduct of the Biden administration, including that of the country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
A large number of emails from Fauci were released last week, covering the early days of the pandemic, detailing how he dealt with the start of the outbreak.
Still, McEnany claims that during a one-on-one interview Stelter held Sunday with White House press secretary Jen Psaki, the issue was never mentioned during the CNN interview or by the White House press pool during a daily press conference. .
Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany criticized CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter for his interview with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki
“The fact that there’s a whole press briefing that has gone by since Fauci’s emails came out and there wasn’t a single question about Dr. Fauci until the next briefing when Fox News was in the room….this is called investigative journalism. It’s called your job. The press doesn’t do it. Day after day after day. It is a shame.’
Stelter has been accused of asking “softball” questions when opening Sunday’s interview by asking Psaki, “What is the press doing wrong when they cover Biden’s agenda?”
On Monday night, Fox News host McEnany did not hold back her disdain for the apparent difference in treatment the Trump administration received from the mainstream media compared to President Biden.
Speaking to Sean Hannity on Fox News Monday night, McEnany said Stelter was “a left-wing lapdog and not a serious journalist”
“Brian Stelter is a left-wing lapdog and not a serious journalist, I think everyone can see that,” she began. ‘I wish he had asked me such a question! But what are you doing wrong as a press? Let me give you an idea. Asking about Joe Biden’s dog from the White House press room, asking about Joe Biden’s cat, asking what Joe Biden thinks of the color scheme on Air Force One, and on day one, what it felt like to walk in the oval, ‘she said. .
But McEnany, 33, who served as White House press secretary from April 2020 to January 2021, wasn’t done yet, further complaining about the “more difficult questions” she was asked while in the role.
‘We didn’t get those kinds of questions. The question I got is, “Is the president happy that the South has lost the Civil War?” It was that kind of ridiculous, ridiculous coverage of the Trump administration that is in such stark contrast to what the press is doing wrong in Joe Biden’s America.”
Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources, has come under fire for what some have described as a “obeying” interview with White House press secretary Jen Psaki
Stelter opened Sunday’s interview by asking Psaki “what is the press doing wrong when they cover Biden’s agenda?”
McEnany wasn’t the only one dissatisfied with Stelter’s “soft” way of asking questions.
Conservative journalist Glenn Greenwald called the broadcast “one of the most sycophantic interviews by a state official you will ever see.”
Greenwald, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who famously helped break the story of the Edward Snowden leaks, derisively tweeted, “Have I been a bad boy, Jen? I want to be a good boy.’
He followed with another sarcastic barb: “Hit me, Jen! Tell me how I can get better.’
Stelter brought up the subject of the press again later in the interview, asking Psaki, “for journalists watching what you do, what is your advice for them to stay close to the truth in this world of lies?”
Conservative journalist Glenn Greenwald criticized Stelter for asking questions and mocked him for visiting Jen Psaki
The Biden administration spokesman replied that she is trying to “stay with the facts” by focusing on details and communicating them in a clear way to ordinary people.
Over the course of the 12-minute interview, Stelter asked Psaki, who previously worked as a CNN commentator, if she fears for the future of their respective young children “given the insanity we’re seeing from the GOP.”
Ignoring the political aspect of the question, Psaki said she is concerned about tackling the climate crisis and broadening LGBTQ rights so children can grow up to be what they want to be.
“Somehow Brian Stelter managed to take his humiliating ‘tell-me-why-I-bad-Jen’ start into his interview and become even more sycophantic from there,” Greenwald joked. “Even Psaki had to think, ‘Oh my god, the intensity of his worship is…uncomfortable.’
Steve Cortes, host at the right-wing Newsmax, criticized Stelterter’s journalistic skills
Other questions centered on Psaki’s previous comments about her intention to remain as a press secretary for a year, her willingness to call on reporters from right-wing news outlets like Fox News and Newsmax, whom she indirectly compared to representatives from Russian and Chinese state media pushing “propaganda” into the briefing room, and its general relationship with the press.
Stelters arguably the most persistent question had to do with President Joe Biden’s alleged reluctance to hold more formal press conferences or sit down for interviews.
Psaki noted that in the first 100 days of his presidency, Biden answered questions from the press for 77 days.
Stelter urged Psaki to explain why the White House chose not to hold a press conference that “would draw the nation’s attention,” speculating whether it was “part of an effort to lower the temperature, less visible.” to be, to be boring?’
Stelter complained on Twitter that he was being attacked by both the left and the right
The spokesperson shot back: ‘Certainly not. I don’t think everything we do here is boring. Getting the pandemic under control, taking our first overseas trip, putting millions of Americans back to work… I don’t know which version of that is boring.”
Psaki went on to say that reporters have the opportunity to ask questions of the president several times a week, and suggested that the demand for a formal solo press conference is driven more by the media than by the public.
“I expected you to say that,” Stelter said with a grin.
On Twitter, Greenwald was unimpressed with the CNN host’s interviewing skills.
“I’m not exaggerating when I say that the ‘interview’ @brianstelter did with Jen Psaki yesterday should be studied in journalism school,” he wrote. “It’s one of the most sycophantic interviews by a state official you’ll ever see. That’s how state television works…’
Former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer also took aim at Stelter, tweeting sarcastically, “Are we doing well enough to push the White House’s talking points… can we do better?”
Stelter, who joined CNN in 2013 after covering TV and digital media for the New York Times for six years, lamented the criticism of him, writing: “My Twitter now says: Liberals are crazy because I asked @PressSec why Biden won no more press conferences. Conservatives were furious because I asked her ‘what do you think we are doing wrong?’ And I feel so old fashioned thinking to myself, ‘assess the interview in context…’
Oliver Willis, senior writer for the progressive news site The American Independent, mocked Stelter’s lament in a tweet: “Both sides are mad at me, so I must be doing something right is a classic dodge.”