Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany spoke out on “Outnumbered” Friday concerning Jen Psaki being photographed by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz for a magazine profile, contrasting Psaki’s “glowing” profile versus how women in the Trump administration were treated.
She commented that the media exhibited exaggerated and groveling flattery towards the Biden administration: “It’s just so sad that you have a fawning press corps like this, a fawning media sycophantically covering members of the Biden administration,” McEnany stated. “They asked Jen Psaki yesterday about Joe Biden’s cat. I mean, it’s incredible the kinds of questions that they ask.”
“We need investigative journalism. We don’t need fawning coverage. It doesn’t do the American people any justice,” she bluntly commented.
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A journalist tweeted that Leibovitz was at the White House reportedly to photograph Psaki. She has also taken pictures of Michelle Obama and Kamala Harris for different covers of Vogue.
Spotted in the White House briefing room: famed photographer Annie Leibovitz here taking pics pic.twitter.com/dzg6lSQnIs
— Emily Goodin (@Emilylgoodin) June 3, 2021
Former first lady Melania Trump was constantly ignored or defamed by the media while Trump’s administration was in office. The same was true for those such as McEnany and Sarah Huckabee-Sanders.
McEnany gave birth to her first child while in office. She juggled her job with being a new mother. She recalled The New York Times coming to interview women in Trump’s administration at a time when a number of them were pregnant and working: “We kept waiting for the story to pop. It never did because it just simply wasn’t negative enough,” McEnany explained.
So it was surprising when, under Biden’s Democratic administration, that New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted out how “refreshing” it was to see women like Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon handling both children and a high-pressure job in politics.
McEnany responded to the politically motivated slight with a picture of her pushing a stroller in the White House.
“Sarah [Sanders] was a working mom. Stephanie Grisham was. I was, and Morgan Ortagus was pregnant during her final year at the State Department,” McEnany chastised Haberman, “but Maggie Haberman seemed to have forgotten that.”
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) December 16, 2020
Former State Department spokeswoman Ortagus also spoke up on the issue: “I think maybe I just have come to accept that we’re not going to get the same sort of accolades,” she admitted. “Kayleigh, your daughter, one day, whether you were in Vogue or not, is going to be able to see these pictures of you working at the White House, taking her around in her carriage. And I think that is worth more than 20 profiles.”
“I had one goal: Elevate the forgotten men and women. And that is a legacy that I’m very proud of. No Vogue profile necessary here,” McEnany declared.
Fox News co-host and legal analyst Emily Compagno said that it wasn’t that the Biden administration did not deserve media coverage, but it was worth “pointing out the media’s unfair coverage of all of the hardworking women in the Trump administration.”
McEnany trended on Twitter after she pointed out the double-standard:
But is she wrong…? https://t.co/GmA4VTdtgZ
— Matt Rooney (@MattRooneyNJ) June 4, 2021
Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, and Jen Psaki have now all gotten magazine profiles. They never did this for Melania Trump (an actual model) and Kayleigh McEnany, but Vogue did give a profile to Stormy Daniels in 2018! https://t.co/nWbSociR82
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 3, 2021
Kayleigh Derangement Syndrome.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 5, 2021
What magazine so I know which one not to buy?
— lindylog (@lindylog) June 3, 2021
Jen Psaki is one lousy Press Secretary. She's no Kayleigh McEnany!
— Michael Burkes (@MrMichaelBurkes) June 4, 2021
My tweet pointing out Jen Psaki's ineptitude ruffled some feathers.
Let me be clear, Jen Psaki is inferior to Kayleigh McEnany in every way!
— Michael Burkes (@MrMichaelBurkes) June 5, 2021
The fact that Kayleigh Mcenany or First Lady Melania never got any magazine covers tells you everything you need to know about our corrupt media
— Susan St. James (@SusanStJames3_) June 5, 2021
Jen Psaki is a lousy Press Secretary she is never going to be Kayleigh McEnany. 🤦♀️
Who Agrees? 🤷♀️
— Ginger Gano (@GingerGano) June 5, 2021
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