Second Nexus Staff
Showdowns between White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy have become a near-daily occurrence at White House press briefings.
As a correspondent for the conservative Fox News network, Doocy is known for his pointed, often inane questions like whether the White House supports sex education before kindergarten, whether President Joe Biden drives an electric vehicle, and whether the White House believes parents are domestic terrorists.
Though Psaki's responses are typically levelheaded and curt, President Joe Biden's interactions with Doocy have been far less diplomatic.
Earlier this year, Doocy asked Biden if rising inflation presented a political liability for the President, to which Biden responded sarcastically on a hot mic:
“No, that’s a great asset. More inflation. What a stupid son of a bitch.”
The President later called Doocy to apologize, which Doocy accepted and applauded on-air even as his network attempted to sensationalize the moment.
But in a recent interview with the team at Pod Save America, Psaki was asked her opinion on whether or not Doocy is, in fact, a "stupid son of a bitch."
The audio of her answer was shared by the right-wing Washington Examiner.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki agrees Fox News's Peter Doocy sounds like "a stupid son of a b****."
The question came up during a recording of Pod Save America, harkening back to when President Joe Biden famously called Doocy that.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 15, 2022
“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 bitch."
She went on to tell a "nice Peter Doocy story," complimenting Doocy for the "grace" he displayed in responding to Biden's apology call.
But when it came to shading Fox News, social media users applauded.
But many said Psaki, who is reportedly joining MSNBC as a contributor by the end of the year, had gone too far in her comments.
I hated when the Trump administration did stuff like this and I hate it when the Biden administration does it.
I'm sure that will annoy someone, but it's just classless. https://t.co/nKEfhfu1rR
— The Wokest Numbersmuncher (@NumbersMuncher) April 15, 2022
I’m not offended by this comment but I don’t see what political purpose it’s supposed to serve for the Biden Admin. It’s a line that works as entertainment for politics fans. https://t.co/KEUJiaCwqp
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) April 15, 2022
You know, I probably agree with 98 percent of what these folks on stage said and believe and yet I’m still reading this thread certain it’s not at all helping with the current state of American politics. https://t.co/z5kLWYfeBx
— mattgallagher0 (@MattGallagher0) April 15, 2022
Meanwhile conservatives were offended by what they saw as a moral affront.
Why hasn’t Biden removed Psaki for the vulgar attack she just made against Peter Doocy?
— Paul A. Szypula (@Bubblebathgirl) April 15, 2022
Jen Psaki disqualified herself from the position of WH Press Secretary with her vulgar attack on Fox's Peter Doocy. She should be removed from her office immediately.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) April 15, 2022
She should be punished for saying this.https://t.co/KfCmIa7KRM
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) April 15, 2022
Doocy himself has yet to weigh in.