Most of the national media seems ridiculously comfortable while supinely seeking nonanswers from President Joe Biden and his press flaks.
Yet Fox News’ Peter Doocy is not among them. Doocy, in fact, may be the only White House reporter willing to ask simple, yet relevant, questions.
One recent example came when Biden acknowledged that his administration is impotent in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months,” Biden told reporters on Friday.
(Source: Fox News)
At a press conference on Monday, Doocy reminded Biden of his repeated boasts back in the fall about crushing the virus. For instance, Biden tweeted in October, “We’re eight months into this pandemic, and Donald Trump still doesn’t have a plan to get this virus under control – I do.”
We’re eight months into this pandemic, and Donald Trump still doesn’t have a plan to get this virus under control.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 16, 2020
Doocy raised that point on Monday. Biden, after taking questions from a handful of pre-selected reporters – a rule that President Donald Trump never imposed – allowed Doocy to ask his questions. When Doocy raised the issue of the rate of vaccines, Biden admitted he “misspoke” when he initially estimated it would be lower than he later said.
Then Doocy asked : “What happened to two months ago when you were talking, declaratively, about ‘I’m going to shut down the virus’?”
“I am going to shut down the virus,” Biden replied.
“I never said I’d do it in two months. I said it took a long time to get here. It’s going to take a long time to beat it. We have millions of people out there who have the virus. We’re just, for the first day, I think, correct me if I’m wrong, I’ve been doing other things this morning, speaking with foreign leaders, but one of the first days that the numbers actually come down, the number of deaths, and the number on a daily basis and the number of hospitalizations. … It’s going to take time, it’s going to take a heck of a lot of time,” he said.
Biden then went on to predict that America would see 600,000 to 660,000 COVID deaths “before we begin to turn the corner in a major way.”
“We’re still going to be dealing with this issue in the fall,” Biden added.
Doocy, the son of longtime Fox News morning host Steve Doocy, is quickly gaining a reputation for being the only journalist willing to ask difficult questions – something even the new president acknowledged before calling on Doocy on Monday.
For instance, he recently questioned White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki about Biden banning travel from South Africa, and noted when Trump imposed travel restrictions on China, “Biden called it ‘xenophobic’ and ‘fear-mongering.'”
“Now, President Biden is putting travel restrictions on people coming in from other countries,” he continued. “What word do we use to describe that?”
He also cornered Psaki last week on Biden not wearing a mask at the Lincoln Memorial just hours after signing an executive order for everyone to wear masks on federal property.
Peter Doocy just asked Press Sec Jen Psaki why Joe Biden was maskless at the Lincoln memorial just hours after signing an executive order requiring masks on federal property.
Psaki hesitated, beat around the bush, then said “we have bigger issues to worry about.”
— Caleb Hull (I’m With the CCP Don’t Ban Me) (@CalebJHull) January 21, 2021
That prompted Psaki, after she dismissed him as “Steve” twice, to reply, “We have bigger issues to worry about at this moment in time.”
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