Twitter pummels Megyn Kelly’s producer for calling Peter Doocy’s questions ‘intentionally antagonistic’

Verbal sparring during White House press conferences hasn’t impressed everyone as a producer for Megyn Kelly took a shot at a recent “intentionally antagonistic” bout.

“The public is not served by exchanges like this.”

Moments after Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy challenged White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre with his latest soundbite-ready interrogative, the testy back-and-forth was circulating on social media.

Buzzworthiness did not equate to usefulness for media journeyman and executive producer for Megyn Kelly, Steve Krakauer. Taking to X, the host of “Fourth Watch” shared one viral reaction to Doocy wondering why the White House treats President Joe Biden “like a baby” with obvious disdain.

“These are not good questions. They’re intentionally antagonistic and are not designed to actually elicit substantive answers,” he expressed. “The public is not served by exchanges like this.”

As previously reported, the Fox News correspondent had taken his opportunity to question Jean-Pierre by asking her about an excerpt from the new book “The Last Politician: Inside Joe Biden’s White House and the Struggle for America’s Future,” by writer Franklin Foer.

“Thank you, Karine,” began Doocy. “President Biden is the oldest president in U.S. history. Why does White House staff treat him like a baby?”

“No one treats the president of the United States, the commander-in-chief, like a baby,” she replied.

“So there’s this book that says-” the correspondent continued as the press secretary cut him off, “That’s ridiculous. It’s a ridiculous claim.”

“-when staff walked back what sounded like a call for regime change in Russia,” Doocy continued, “the president quote, ‘Rather than owning his failure, he fumed to friends about how he was treated like a toddler.’ Was John Kennedy ever babied like that?'”

Just over a month after Russian President Vladimir Putin had invaded Ukraine, Biden traveled to Europe where he delivered a speech from the Royal Castle in Warsaw to cap off a gaffe-filled visit.

“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” the president had closed, sounding as though he were calling for regime change and prompting yet another correction from the communications team that offered, “The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”

Bristled by the exchange, Jean-Pierre attempted to both dismiss the claims outright and assert that they had the opposite meaning.

“There’s gonna be a range — always — a range of books that are — about every administration, as you know — that’s gonna have a variety of claims. That is not unusual. That happens all the time. And we’re not going to litigate those here. That’s something that we’re not going to speak to,” she said before adding specifically to the quote with a spin on Biden’s performance in Ukraine, “You know, we did see…the context of the excerpt, and it seemed to be making the opposite overall point about how the value of his experience and wisdom is important…”

Meanwhile, reactions to Krakauer’s take were mixed as some appeared to back Doocy’s engagement and the continued “owning of the libs” while others leaned toward the executive producer’s take that serious journalism was hardly being represented.

Kevin Haggerty

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