Fox News contributor Kellyanne Conway, formerly a member of the Trump administration, warned on Friday that the classified documents scandal engulfing the White House is a lot more serious than the Biden administration may realize.
Speaking on Fox News’s “The Story,” she noted that it’s so serious that even the administration’s usually friendly media allies are now acting like real journalists versus sycophantic Democrat Party lapdogs.
“The headlines today were terrible for them. The chyrons in places like CNN. The questions from the press briefing room, they all sound like Peter Doocy today actually asking the tough, probing questions,” Conway explained.
She was right. In fact, her remarks came just a few short hours after White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was fiercely grilled over the administration’s demonstrable lack of transparency vis-a-vis the scandal.
The back-and-forth exchanges began with one reporter drawing Jean-Pierre’s attention to the president’s campaign-trail promise that he’d restore confidence in government.
“The president campaigned on the argument that he would restore confidence. We know that he’s in the process of deciding whether to officially announce he’s running for reelection. Does this episode undercut that argument that he would restore confidence? Because here we have in the headlines that he is now under investigation,” the reporter said.
Later during the briefing, another reporter basically asked whether the administration had been hoping to keep a lid on the president’s classified documents scandal.
“I just want to press you on that point about the idea of disclosures when it’s appropriate. You describe a process, but it sort of feels like a strategy — a communication strategy to protect the President from political damage. Was it the hope and expectation here that this would have remained a private matter and not have been subject to public disclosure?” the reporter said.
The same reporter went on to suggest Jean-Pierre may have played a role in the scandal.
“Let me just ask you, because oftentimes in the careers of White House press secretaries, there comes a time where they are asked, you know, what they knew and when they knew it. Were you or any member of your staff involved in the crafting of the strategy as to when this disclosure should be made in advance of CBS News breaking the story on Monday evening?” the reporter asked.
Jean-Pierre has faced these sorts of tough questions all week long, and that’s unusual given the media’s known sycophancy.
For instance, on Wednesday CBS’ Ed O’Keefe pressed Jean-Pierre over whether the discovery of the classified documents was not revealed earlier because of the midterm elections.
“Why didn’t he or someone in the White House inform the American people when these documents were discovered on November 2nd? Did it have anything to do — because people are asking this part of it — did it have anything to do with the fact that the election was just a few days away?” O’Keefe asked.
After WH Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre said she will not “go beyond what the President laid out” regarding the discovery of documents marked classified at a Biden think tank, CBS News’ @edokeefe pressed ahead.
Watch the exchange. pic.twitter.com/fykCwlqkKS
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 11, 2023
O’Keefe sparred with Jean-Pierre again on Thursday.
“You talk about ‘we are being transparent.’ Who is ‘we’? And what is the definition of ‘transparent’ in this case? Is it the lawyers being transparent legally with the Archives and the Justice Department? Or is it the White House writ large being transparent with the general public?” he asked at one point.
The stream of questions apparently got under Jean-Pierre’s skin.
“Look, I understand you guys are going to have a lot of questions on this. I get that. I know you guys are going to have a lot of questions on process and specifics. And what I can tell you is that I’m not going to go beyond what the president laid out,” she said.
“I’m not going to go beyond what my White House counsel colleagues have stated. I would refer you to them for any other specifics or additional information. I want to be prudent here. I want to make sure that we do this in the appropriate way,” she added.
But O’Keefe quickly clapped back, saying, “You’re not going to answer the questions, but we’re going to ask them because that’s our job.”
See more examples of tough questions being asked below:
MSNBC reporter NUKES Cringe Jean Pierre over Regime’s shady dealing with Biden STOLEN classified documents, DEMANDS answers as KJP shakes, stumbles, and folds like a LAWNCHAIR pic.twitter.com/CvMiVemiQt
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 13, 2023
Jean-Pierre: “We did this by the book.”
Reporter: “How can you say this was transparent when you sat on this information for more than two months?”
*Jean-Pierre moves to the next person* pic.twitter.com/HEWxE13BDM
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 12, 2023
Enjoy it while you can, because it’s not clear how long this brand of real journalism will last before the media revert to their usual selves.
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