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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that Peter Doocy — Fox News’ White House correspondent — sometimes sounds like a “stupid son of a b****” because of his network.
In January, President Joe Biden was caught on a hot mic calling Doocy a “stupid son of a b****” after Doocy asked the president if inflation could be a “political liability” when it came time for midterm elections.
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During a Tuesday appearance on popular podcast “Pod Save America,” podcast co-host Dan Pfeiffer asked Psaki whether she believes Doocy is, indeed, a “stupid son of a b***” or if she thinks he just plays one on TV.
“He works for a network that provides people with questions that, nothing personal to any individual including Peter Doocy, but might make anyone sound like a stupid son of a b****,” Psaki responded.
She later added, however, that Doocy responded to Biden’s gaffe with class when discussing it with Fox News’ Sean Hannity in January.
“Sean Hannity asked him about the, you know, what the president had said, and what he said back — and he could have been like, ‘He’s a son of a b****,’ or ‘I’m standing up for whatever,’ — he could have said anything,” Psaki said. “And instead he said, ‘You know, he called me. We had a really nice conversation. I’m just asking my questions. He’s doing his job.’ So I will say that was a moment of grace. You don’t have to like everything Peter Doocy says or does, but that is certainly a moment of grace by Peter Doocy.”
Fox News anchor — and former White House correspondent — John Roberts spoke out in defense of Doocy later on Friday.
“Note to @PressSec . @pdoocy makes the decisions on what topics he wants to quiz you on, and develops the questions himself,” Roberts tweeted. “His philosophy is a basic tenet of journalism. Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable. If that makes all of us ‘stupid s.o.b.s’, so be it.”
A Fox News spokesperson defended Doocy in a statement provided to the Washington Post.
“In his role as White House correspondent, Peter Doocy’s job is to elicit truth from power for the American public,” the spokesperson told the Post. “His questions are his own, he is a terrific reporter, and we are extremely proud of his work.”