“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade offered praise for Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy in comparing his manner when addressing President Joe Biden to that of CNN Jim Acosta’s combative style when he questioned former President Donald Trump.
In opening the Tuesday morning segment, Peter Doocy’s father, fellow Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy noted that Biden had his first “press availability” after signing a series of executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I know he always asks me tough questions, they always have an edge to them, but I like him anyway, so go ahead and ask the question,” Biden said during his Monday press event.
After thanking the president for taking the question, Steve Doocy pointed out that Biden said he believes “in three weeks or so we’ll be at the point where we’ll be at a million [COVID-19] vaccines per day, but it seems like…”
“No, I think we’ll get there before that,” Biden interjected. “I said, I hope, I misspoke, I hope we’ll be about to increase as we go on until we get to a million-five a day, that’s my expectation.”
“Peter got the president to admit that he had misspoken,” Steve Doocy said, responding to the clip, adding that Biden, during the campaign, said he would dispense 100 million doses of vaccine within his first 100 days in office, though by Inauguration Day last week there were 1.6 million vaccines being administered daily.
The president’s figure “flies in the face of the Biden adviser’s suggestion that the Trump team left no plan — clearly they had a plan,” Steve Doocy added.
“Here’s the difference…when Peter asks a question, he’s polite,” Kilmeade offered. “He asks direct questions but he’s polite.
“Think about that compared to Jim Acosta. The hostility that most of the press corps had toward Trump was so over the top and so not reminiscent of the respect the office gets,” Kilmeade continued.
He added that Peter Doocy is “inquisitive,” adding: “He wants an answer. He’s not looking to get famous. That’s the difference.”
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt cut in noting that she contacted Steve Doocy recently to compliment him on his son. “You raised him well, and he said, ‘his momma did,’” Earhardt said.
“But here’s the thing, they’re not ‘gotcha’ questions,” Steve Doocy responded. “They’re just questions that nobody else is asking! Why is that?”
Earhardt went on to say that columnist Liz Peek wrote on FoxNews.com this week that she expects Biden to take credit for the receding COVID-19 pandemic and that most of the media will allow him to do so.
As for Acosta, his relationship with the Trump Administration and with the former president himself was replete with confrontation.
He went on to note that Biden discussed a number of initiatives being implemented by his administration, and that, as happened during his transition, “he had a list” of about five media organizations he planned to call on that “once again” did not include Fox News.
Nevertheless, Steve Doocy said his son, “that very tall kid who used to live upstairs in my house” and “was very noisy” still managed to get the president’s attention, as he played a clip of the exchange.
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