Fox News, which spent years sticking with Trump no matter his relentless antagonism towards the press, is now concerned about governmental respect for journalists, apparently — although it’s Trump who posed an actual threat to the media with his rhetoric like the claim that journalists are the “enemy of the people.” At a Friday press conference at the White House, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy complained to White House press secretary Jen Psaki about President Joe Biden’s engagement with other outlets while Fox waited, and Psaki set the record straight.
Doocy complained with the following:
‘Fox is the only member of the five-network TV pool that has never been on the list in front of the president, and I am just curious if that is official administration policy.’
Although he has taken questions outside of formal press conference settings, Biden has only held one solo press conference as president, so suggesting that he has displayed some kind of systematic bias against Fox journalists is a stretch, at best. As Psaki subsequently noted, she — as a representative of the White House — has consistently engaged with Doocy, no matter any odd rabbit trails within his questioning.
As Psaki put it:
‘We’re here having a conversation aren’t we? And do I take questions from you every time you come to the briefing room? Has the president taken questions from you since he came into office?’
Doocy responded that Biden has taken questions from Fox “unfortunately only when I have shouted after he goes through his whole list.” Doocy added:
‘The President has been very generous with his time with Fox. I’m just curious about this list that he is given.’
At his recent solo press conference, Biden had a list of journalists and their information, and Doocy appears to be trying to turn this list into some kind of scandal… or something. Check out the interaction below:
WH Press Sec. Jen Psaki and Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy go back and forth on Doocy's complaint that the network is "never" on Biden's list of media to call on. pic.twitter.com/OgyFSRVJo1
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Fox has repeatedly hosted ex-President Trump for interviews following his departure from the White House, and while speaking on the network, Trump has reiterated his delusional idea that he was the rightful winner of the 2020 presidential election. Fox is now facing a total of some $4.3 billion in defamation litigation over their propagation of certain rigged election lies.