Even with all the fumbling and clear mishaps that plagued President Biden’s first press conference, he managed to get through it without utter disaster. Most of his success comes from his handy, dandy cheat sheet that listed who and where everyone was seated. It also mentioned their affiliation to the President. Again, this was all to help Biden do something President Trump did numerous times without a script. But beyond the amount of preparation that took place, one news outlet noticed their name didn’t make the coveted cheat sheet.
While Biden couldn’t call on everybody, he was sure to hit the main Democratic outlets like CNN as they served up a series of softball questions and witty one-liners. But when it came to Fox News and their White House correspondent Peter Doocy, both names mysteriously vanished from the list. And guess what – this isn’t the first time it’s happened.
On Friday, Doocy was able to question Press Secretary Jen Psaki over the recent snub. “We noticed, starting at the end of the campaign and into the transition and here at the White House, anytime that 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. I am just curious if that is an official administration policy.”
Doocy calls out Psaki for having "never been on" Joe Biden's pre-selected "list" of journalists to call on, dating back to the campaign: "I'm just curious if that is official administration policy."
Psaki says Biden has taken his questions, but it's only when Doocy yelled back pic.twitter.com/hn9MPAGzmi
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As you can see above, Psaki took Doocy’s question out of context and spun it around on him by saying she was taking a question from Fox News at that moment. But as Doccy would continue, “The president has been very generous with his time with Fox, I’m just curious about this list that he is given. The only member of the five-network pool that’s never on it.”
Knowing Fox News was purposely not put on the list, Psaki said, “I’m always happy to have this conversation with you. 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. I think we’ve got to move on, because we have limited time.”
Doocy would go on to ask additional questions on the current Border Crisis and the filibuster, but like always – those questions were gently glazed over.