White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre faced renewed backlash from reporters and Twitter users after she yelled at the press pool during Tuesday’s conference.
After outgoing White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, who had spoken about the government’s vaccination efforts, tried to ask Daily Caller’s White House correspondent Diana Glebova a question about investigations into the origin of the coronavirus. Instead of answering, Jean-Pierre chided Glebova for being “disrespectful”.
“We have a process here. I don’t call people who scream. And you are, you are, you are disrespectful to your colleagues and you are disrespectful to our guest,” Jean-Pierre said. “I won’t call you if you scream, and besides, you’re taking time off because Dr. Fauci has to go in a few minutes.”
Other reporters defended Glebova’s questions, leading to Jean-Pierre continuing to yell that she was “done” answering her questions.
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Social media users were quick to condemn Jean-Pierre’s behavior as “unprofessional” and an attack on the press.
Political commentator Dave Rubin remarked, “What a condescending, smug, utter embarrassment KJP is…”
The editor of The Spectator, Stephen Miller, joked: “An incredible display of looming anti-journalism. This is dangerous. This is a hideous threat to the very foundations on which our free press democracy rests. Government is a sacred virtue for which our republic must have guarantees.
Washington Free Beacon Editor-in-Chief Brent Scher tweeted, “Which means [Jim Acosta] Think about it? Attack on the free press?
“Questions about the origin of Covid are legitimate and every reporter should ask them. This reaction from the WH is really strange,” wrote Rebecca Heinrichs, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.
Barstool Sports blogger Jack McGuire tweeted, “Why [does] She thinks she’s a 3rd grade teacher.”
“She completely loses control of the press corps because WH consistently spends an inordinate amount of time answering questions from the same 12 corporate reporters day in and day out. It’s embarrassing. On the same day, FOIA returns Fauci’s early planning on the origins of covid,” wrote The Daily Caller editor-in-chief Geoffrey Ingersoll.
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Glebova herself commented on the exchange from her Twitter account.
“I have tried several times to ask Fauci what he personally did to request answers about the origins of COVID-19. I always have honest answers that Americans want to know. So White House refuses to call me then calls ME ‘disrespectful,'” Glebova tweeted.
In an exclusive statement to Fox News Digital, Daily Caller’s editor-in-chief further condemned Jean-Pierre along with her habit of only picking a few friendly reporters to call at briefings.
“Following Biden’s meeting with Xi, and in the same hour that unedited emails sent by Dr. Fauci’s early messaging efforts on Covid origins showed we tried to ask the doctor if he had advised the President to urge Xi for transparency regarding Covid KJP immediately told our reporter to wait for a “turnaround” that never came about and to respect the “process”. Instead of substance, this “trial” resulted in the same parade of idiots asking stupid questions like “why have masks become a deprecation?” and like Fauci, who admitted to lying to Americans, counteracts ‘disinformation,'” Ingersoll told Fox News Digital.
He added: “Jean-Pierre presides over a bush league facsimile of journalism and the [White House Correspondents’ Association] has facilitated it by making pressers as anti-democratic as possible.
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White House reporters have criticized the way the Biden administration has held press conferences since Jen Psaki originally served as press secretary. In March, several reporters got caught up in a tense debate after Associated Press correspondent Josh Boak ended a conference call in less than 45 minutes. Press representatives accused the government of giving priority to experts from the mainstream media.