With White House press secretary Jen Psaki completing her tenure at the end of this week, the list of items she will never “circle back” to can now include the ever-mounting concerns over replacement, Karine Jean-Pierre, and allegations made that “Fox News was racist…” and “will be racist.”
When Psaki departs on May 13, current principal deputy press secretary Jean-Pierre will take over her responsibilities as assistant to President Joe Biden. As the spokeswoman for the White House, she is expected to comport herself professionally and in an unbiased fashion with members of the White House Correspondents Association.
However, examinations of past statements have now added further serious doubts as to her ability to do so as she has expressed her negative and defamatory views of the Fox News Channel. Video from a March 15, 2020 appearance on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” has resurfaced where Jean-Pierre was discussing coverage at the onset of the COVID pandemic and, in particular, the virus’ origin in China.
“Fox News was racist before coronavirus,” she declared, “they are racist during the coronavirus, Fox News will be racist after the coronavirus. So there is nothing new here. I think the difference is, is they have been, they are all-in on being state TV for [President] Donald Trump, and so they will continue to give the misinformation.”
At the time, Jean-Pierre, a former chief public affairs officer for the progressive MoveOn.org, was a political analyst for MSNBC. She was also known to be in a relationship with CNN’s national correspondent Suzanne Malveaux. Jean-Pierre would join the Biden presidential campaign a couple of months later, having previously worked in President Barack Obama’s administration.
“The danger is,” she continued, “so yes, you have Asian Americans right now whose lives are seriously in danger. And, you have their own viewers who can now, the ones who are 60 and older who are watching, this is a health crisis that we’re in, this is a global pandemic, as the WHO have said, and they’re putting their lives in danger.”
“And so that is where we are right now, is the danger that Fox News is now, what they’re putting out there is going to hurt people, and not help them,” Jean-Pierre concluded.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) March 15, 2020
With only days remaining before taking her new position as White House press secretary, and having worked in the administration for well over a year, the tweet where she shared the segment and her opinion remains posted on her personal Twitter account. “Fox News,” she captioned, “was racist before #coronavirus, they are racist during coronavirus, and Fox News will be racist after the coronavirus.”
Concerns over Jean-Pierre’s bias have not been addressed by the administration as she has also been criticized over apparent anti-Israeli sentiments.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 8, 2022
Interestingly enough, in the official announcement from the White House on her promotion, they point out that Jean-Pierre had previously “worked at the Center for Community and Corporate Ethics, pushing major companies to change their business practices.” Evidently, her own ethics were of less concern.
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